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SBD Global/August 20, 2013/Olympics

Olympic Notes: Madrid 2020 Bid Making Final Presentation Preparations For Buenos Aires

After "a week of general diaspora," the Madrid 2020 bid organization is "regrouping this week." Starting Tuesday, the members of the candidacy are "meeting at the Spanish Olympic Committee's (COE) headquarters in Madrid to prepare the final presentation," which will be given in Buenos Aires in September, with the host city scheduled to be announced on Sept. 7. This "will be the last time that the candidacy members meet in Spain" (AS, 8/19). ... The former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan "has lodged a bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in the city of Almaty." Kazakhstan national Olympic committee VP Pavel Novikov said that "an official letter was sent" to the IOC in Switzerland on Friday (AP, 8/19). ... Clean Sports India, a movement for corruption-free sports in the country, lashed out at Indian Olympic Association officials for objecting to the IOC's directive to bar charge-sheeted persons from contesting elections, saying that their "bankrupt arguments" have totally exposed them (PTI, 8/19).
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