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  • IOC President Jacques Rogge Emphasizes Explaining Olympic Benefits To Brazilians

    IOC President Jacques Rogge said on Wednesday that the IOC must make an effort to "explain the benefits" of hosting the 2016 Olympics to skeptical Brazilians, according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. Brazil "was rocked by a wave of protests" last month, and among the protesters' many grievances "was the amount of public money being spent on new stadiums." Rogge: "We have to explain very clearly to the public that the investments made in the Olympic Games are for a sustainable legacy for generations to come. We must make it clear that, yes, the Games are a force for the good, that they improve the society and this has to be explained, because people don't know what the investments are." Rogge said that "it was up to the host country to decide how to fund Olympic Games building." Rogge said, "This is a sovereign decision of any government that organizes the Olympic Games. As you know, the investments are not for the short term, it is not for the two weeks of the Olympic Games or World Cup, they are for generations to come, whether it be bus lines, or improvements to the airport" (REUTERS, 7/10).

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  • Russia's Federation Council Drafts Law To Prohibit Foreign Involvement In Int'l Events

    Russia’s Federation Council has drafted a law that will prohibit foreign nationals from working at large-scale int'l events in Russia, according to RAPSI. Kurgan Region Upper House member Sergei Lisovsky "believes only Russian nationals should be allowed to work at large competitions," with foreign performers and directors the only exception. Lisovsky said that "the idea came to him when he read in the documents" of the IOC that a Greek promotion company and its staff "will be entrusted with organizing part of the Sochi Winter Games." Lisovsky said he fears "the situation with the foreign entities will be same during the 2018 FIFA World Cup" (RAPSI, 7/11).

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  • Turkish Olympic Committee Expects Recent Drug Busts To Help, Not Hinder, Host Candidacy

    Turkey's Olympic committee insists "a spate of doping busts in the country will help rather than hinder their chances of hosting the 2020 Games," according to the AAP. Turkey Olympic Committee Head Ugur Erdener said, "The increase in the number of doping cases ... shows that Turkey is fighting doping, and in my opinion, will affect the Olympic bid positively, not negatively." The scandals "come in the final stages of Turkey's campaign to host the 2020 Games." Istanbul is competing against Madrid and Tokyo, with the IOC vote to be held Sept. 7. Erdener: "We are pressing ahead with our efforts to combat doping with tests conducted during and outside of competitions. Our fight has received international approval." Turkish Athletics Federation President Mehmet Terzi agreed with Erdener that "the chances of a successful Istanbul bid are enhanced when a federation fights against doping" and catches its own athletes and penalizes them (AAP, 7/11).

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