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SBD Global/April 26, 2013/Olympics

Olympic Notes: Moscow Receives First 10 Buses To Be Used For Sochi 2014

The Moscow region transportation department on Wednesday "received the first 10 buses to be used at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, out of a total of 709" ordered from Russian commercial vehicles manufacturer GAZ Group. At the beginning of '13, GAZ Group and the state-owned bus company Mostransavto signed a contract worth more than 6B rubles ($180M) to manufacture 282 interregional buses, including 150 specially equipped buses for the disabled, another 370 buses with extended passenger capacity, including 77 specially equipped and 57 smaller tourist buses (MOSCOW TIMES, 4/25). ... Leading administrators for Emirati sport "hope to unearth potential Olympians for as far ahead as the 2024 Summer Games" via the first targeted program for Olympic sports in schools in the UAE. Nearly 1,000 children from 10 areas of the UAE "will take part when the UAE School Olympic Finals reaches its conclusion in Abu Dhabi this weekend" (THE NATIONAL, 4/24). ... The newly elected Rwanda National Olympic Committee President Robert Bayigamba plans to construct an Olympic site "during his first four-year term in office." The former minister of sports and culture "laid out his plans and targets during his first four years in office." Bayigamba: "My first priority is to improve sports infrastructure because it's what the country lacks most, I am well aware of that and it is possible to have things like an Olympic site" (ALL AFRICA, 4/23).
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