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As part of its strategic planning, the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee revealed an internal restructuring process with the goal of increasing the committee's capacities in different areas of the project, as well as improving internal procedures and coordination between all areas. Sidney Levy will become the organization CEO and Leonardo Gryner will become the COO. Rio 2016 President Carlos Arthur Nuzman said, "All initiatives are part of the restructuring that began in June, as the new stage of preparation after the London 2012 Games. This will contribute to planning and delivery with excellence for the Rio 2016 Games." Levy will officially start in his new position on Jan. 1 but will participate in the IOC debriefing of the London 2012 Games that will be held from Saturday in Rio de Janeiro (Rio 2016). The AP reported that Levy's background includes having been "in charge of several companies in Brazil and abroad." Nuzman also downplayed Gryner's removal from the CEO position to the COO post. Nuzman said, "Gryner has long Olympic experience, having been involved in all Olympic Summer Games since 1976, and having been part of the Rio 2016 bid, and therefore has all the credentials to lead all operational areas of the Games" (AP, 11/9).
The Chinese Olympic Committee "has turned down a request" by the Asian Rugby Football Union to include sevens in next year's East Asian Games in Tianjin, according to Alvin Sallay of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. ARFU VP Trevor Gregory and Secretary General Ross Mitchell "presented rugby's case for inclusion" at the multi-sports games to senior Chinese Olympic officials. Gregory, who is also the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union chairman, said: "We were told there was no room for inclusion of sevens. It is very disappointing, as we had hoping sevens could continue to be a medal sport at the East Asian Games." It is believed that the reason for the request's denial "was simply down to money." Mitchell said, "If the International Rugby Board had stepped forward and said they would fund the whole tournament, then I'm sure the Chinese would have been happy to include sevens. But the IRB has already said they don't have the budget for this" (SCMP, 11/10).