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Rio Olympic Organizers Looking To Manage Zika Virus Scare, Budget Cuts, Water Pollution

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 05 / 16

Just six months ahead of the Rio Games, local Olympic organizers "face a public health emergency with the Zika virus, pollution in the bodies of water where many competitions will be held and budgetary cutbacks," according to Rachel Axon of USA TODAY. IOC President Thomas Bach said that those c...

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Pagliuca Promises Stronger Olympic Plan

Boston '24 Chair Steve Pagliuca on Friday in his first extended interview since taking on the role said that the group "is prepared to make a numbers-based argument that the Games are worth pursuing," according to Mark Arsenault of the BOSTON GLOBE. Pagliuca: "We’re going to lay all that out t ...

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USOC Joins Coalition Of College Conferences

The USOC today announced it has joined a coalition of 31 NCAA conferences called the Coalition to Protect & Improve the Student-Athlete Experience. The conferences founded the group in January to trumpet the benefits already received by athletes at a time when cost-of-attendance stipends an ...

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U.S. Rugby Teams Qualify For Rio Games,

U.S. rugby enthusiasts and businesses hoping to grow the sport are celebrating a big milestone today: The American men’s and women’s teams have qualified for the Rio Games, assuring a domestic selling point for the first Olympic rugby competition in 92 years. Both squads defeated Canada ...

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Boston '24 Takes New Approach With Venues

Boston '24 organizers are "are trying to revive their struggling Olympic bid by sprinkling proposed venues to more distant -- and more diverse -- communities, partially sacrificing their original vision of a compact, walkable games in the hope that spreading the potential benefits will get them to t ...

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Boston '24 Facing Intensified Demands

Intense demands are "piling up" on Boston '24 as it "attempts to reestablish credibility and community support by revising its venue plan and filling in crucial details" about its nearly $10B budget for the Olympic Games, according to Michael Levenson of the BOSTON GLOBE. The rollout "began last wee ...

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Boston '24 Issues First Quarterly Report

Boston '24 on Friday "issued its first quarterly progress report on its bid operations and finances, highlighting millions in funds raised and spent on a slew of staffers, consultancies and related work to support its Olympics pitch," according to the BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL. Among the report's info ...

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New Bedford To Host Sailing Events For Boston '24

The Boston Olympic overhaul has begun, as the '24 bid committee on Thursday announced the first major change to its widely criticized plan for the Games -- shifting the sailing venue 60 miles south to Buzzards Bay in New Bedford, Mass. It previously had been slated for Boston Harbor. In announcing t ...

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Boston '24 Not Making Documents Public

Less than a week after "pledging a new commitment to transparency," Boston '24 organizers are "refusing to make public key documents outlining the political and budget support needed to land" the Summer Games, according to Craig Douglas of the BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL. The group’s formal propos ...

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Boston '24 Backs Off Tax Plan

Boston '24 CEO Richard Davey on Friday announced that the bid committee "backed away from a tax financing plan" that the group filed to the USOC "but did not disclose to the public," according to Mark Arsenault of the BOSTON GLOBE. Still, Davey said that Boston '24 "might propose public spending for ...

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Probst To Lead IOC's Efforts For Olympic Channel

USOC Chair Larry Probst yesterday was appointed Chair of a "new panel that will oversee the launch" of the IOC's Olympic TV channel, according to Stephen Wilson of the AP. The creation of the Olympic Channel Commission and the appointment of Probst to head the 16-member panel was "part of a shake-up ...

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