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SBD Global/December 10, 2012/Olympics

Olympic Notes: Migrant Workers Threaten To Boycott UAE 2024 Olympics Bid

The Int'l Trade Union Confederation "will lobby to boycott" a UAE Olympic Games if the Gulf state does not improve working conditions for migrant workers. The ITUC, which has already called for a boycott of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, said it would be "appalled" if the IOC awarded the UAE rights to host an Olympic Games unless it adopts int'l labor standards for its migrant workers (ARABIAN BUSINESS, 12/9). The int'l translation forum "Sochi 2014: Translating the Games" kicked off in Sochi for the second time. More than 400 participants have registered for the event. Delegates at the forum will discuss emerging professional issues and the specifics of providing language support at the Games (Sochi 2014). ... The European Olympic Committees meeting "unanimously backed the national Olympic committee officials named and shamed in the London 2012 ticket scandal, in the face of an IOC Ethics Commission recommendation to take sanctions against them. The EOC expressed reservations "about the process of entrapment through which evidence was obtained and reservations about the absence of legal representation." EOC Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi said in a resolution after the meeting, "The members of the Executive Committee expressed their unanimous support for those implicated in the December 2012 Report of the IOC Ethics Commission" (MALTA INDEPENDENT, 12/9).
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