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SBD Global/August 7, 2012/Olympics
Published August 7, 2012
TOURISM BOOST: The PA's Peter Woodman reported that the Olympics are "proving a boost to retailing and tourism." Figures are showing that busy tourism and shopping areas "had seen an increase in numbers" during the Games. Retailers across London's Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street said that there had been "an increase in sales and a higher footfall" over the past few days. Heart of London, the business improvement district representing these areas, said that between Monday and Thursday of last week, footfall was up 11.6% on the previous week and 16.2% up on the same week in '11. There has also been "a significant increase in the number of passengers using Tube stations" in the capital's West End, with an increase of 27% last Saturday night (PA, 8/6).
BADMINTON ASSESSMENT: Yonhap reported that Badminton World Federation President Kang Young-joong said the governing body would "carefully assess" current regulations in the Olympic badminton tournament. The BWF will also "look to increase awareness among shuttlers and coaches about ethical standards in the sport." Kang said, "Let there be no misunderstanding; the BWF takes this matter utterly seriously. And we trust that the steps we have taken show this" (YONHAP, 8/6).