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SBD Global/May 31, 2013/Olympics

Olympic Notes: 16 U.K. Schools Receive Funds To Boost Study Of Olympics, Paralympics

Sixteen schools in Castle Point, U.K. have been awarded a £77,000 ($117,086) boost for pupils "to study the history of the Olympics and Paralympics." The Benfleet & Thundersley Interschool Cluster Trust "has been awarded the investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund" (ECHO NEWS, 5/29). ... The Tokyo 2020 bid committee "announced that it will be selling commemorative gold coins" for as much as ¥1.5M ($14,750) in order to raise funds for the campaign. There will be five different types, "made of pure silver, pure gold, or 18-karat gold," and ranging in prices from ¥21,000 ($206) all the way up to ¥1.5M (JAPAN DAILY PRESS, 5/30). ... Nine incumbent officials led by Dr. Kipchoge Keino, who offered themselves for re-election, "returned to office." The status quo may have carried the day in the end, "but even they know that reform is neigh at the National Olympics Committee Kenya" following their bitter elections in Nairobi on Wednesday. Tellingly, officials from athletics and football, the two key sports of the Olympics movement, will not sit in the newly elected NOCK administration "after their flag-bearers were floored during the exercise under protest" (XINHUA, 5/30).
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