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SBD Global/April 10, 2013/Olympics

Olympic Notes: 'Doraemon' Chosen As Special Ambassador For Tokyo 2020 Bid

Well-known Japanese anime character "Doraemon" on Friday was appointed the nation's first special ambassador in support of Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games (XINHUA, 4/9). ... The Pakistan Olympic Association condemned the "unauthorized and illegal elections of the Sindh Olympic Association" reportedly held on April 7, at Karachi "under the aegis of what itself is an unlawful body -- the so-called interim POA created by vested interests backed by some federal government functionaries." The Islamabad High Court has also issued a stay order, "restraining the operation of the so-called Interim Committee" while the IOC has already branded it as an illegal body (PAKISTAN TODAY, 4/9). ... Japanese hammer throw Olympic Gold Medalist Koji Murafushi "will attend a hearing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport" in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday regarding his appeal of an IOC decision to block his election to the IOC's Athletes' Commission (KYODO, 4/9).
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