Blackmun Downplays Top Fears For Rio Games USA Golf, Top Americans Discuss Rio Concerns Female Golfers Committed To Rio Games Gold Still Expected For USA Basketball GoFundMe Stops Using Olympics Imagery Jason Day Withdraws From Rio Due To Zika Rio Gov. Says Games Could Be Big Failure Number Of Americans Attending Rio Games Plummets IOC To Rethink Global Antidoping Efforts Rio Mayor Rallies Confidence In City's Ability To Host Games
SBD/July 27, 2012/Olympics
Olympic Notes: London's Basketball Arena Could Reappear In Rio
Published July 27, 2012
PURPLE & LIME: The AP’s Steven Wine wrote the Wimbledon grounds have "never been so colorful.” The Games’ tennis tournament “will be unlike any before at Wimbledon, a gold medalist when it comes to tradition.” From one end of the grounds “to the other, the club's distinctive dark green has given way to patches of Olympic purple and lime green.” The colors “even adorn the building that houses the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum” (AP, 7/26).
LIGHT AS A FEATHER: POPULAR SCIENCE’s Tim Newcomb noted Olympic Stadium is the “lightest, most flexible and most sustainable ever built.” Populous' Tom Jones, whose firm designed the venue, said, "The agenda for London 2012 was very much looking at pushing forward environmental design and sustainable approaches to major stadiums. The drive was to construct a small, compact, lightweight stadium" (POPSCI.com, 7/26).
TALKING BUSINESS: In London, Roland Watson notes U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday opened “Business Olympics” talks and took questions “from 200 chief executives.” Cameron said the event was “the biggest business summit any British government has ever hosted.” The U.K. government is “aiming to secure” an extra US$1.6B “of investment in the coming year.” Cameron on Friday was expected to welcome “a high-powered Chinese delegation to Downing Street” (LONDON TIMES, 7/27).