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FIFA Suspends Russian Basketball Federation, Putting Olympic Qualification In Doubt

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 30 / 15

The Russian Basketball Federation (RFB) has been suspended by governing body FIBA, putting its participation in the 2016 Olympics "in doubt," according to Dmitriy Rogovitskiy of REUTERS. The RFB published a letter from FIBA on its website on Wednesday stating that the Russian federation "had been im...

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Sochi Boss Reaffirms Olympic Security

Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee President Dmitry Chernyshenko said on Wednesday that "Sochi is 'fully ready' and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run Games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations," according to the AP. Speaking on Russia's first Olympic Games, Chernyshe ...

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Olympians Plea For Anti-Gay Law Repeal

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FT: Russians Race To Olympic Finish Line

At Sochi’s Olympic Park last week workers "furiously painted, planted and hammered," according to Courtney Weaver of the FINANCIAL TIMES. They "laid fresh asphalt in the pouring rain and when it was ruined they re-laid it." Inside the Olympic Park, corporate and country-themed pavilions "were ...

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Grass Fears Delay Rubin Stadium

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that two-time Russian football champions Rubin Kazan will not move into its new stadium this season because it would "destroy the pitch," according to R-SPORT. The 45,000-capacity Kazan Arena was completed last summer at a reported cost of $400M and hosted c ...

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North Korea Denied Sochi Participation

The IOC on Tuesday denied reports from the South Korean media that North Korea had requested some of its athletes be allowed to compete in the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics as ''wild cards," according to Jung Min-ho of the KOREA TIMES. IOC Media Relations Manager Andrew Mitchell said, "We are unawa ...

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Bach: Sochi Athletes Should 'Speak Out'

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Activist Publishes Corruption Website

An interactive website launched Monday by anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny "paints a vivid picture of the suspected cost overruns and conflicts of interest at the Sochi Winter Olympics," according to Nataliya Vasilyeva of the AP. Navalny claims that Russia "spent twice as much as necessary" t ...

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Dash To Get Ready For Sochi Olympics

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Sochi Security Shows Terror Risk

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Hoax Threats Fuel Sochi Security Fears

At least five European countries' Olympic committees and the U.S. received letters in Russian on Wednesday making a "terrorist threat" before the Sochi Games, but Olympic chiefs said they posed no danger, according to Marton Dunai of REUTERS. Despite the assurances, the letters to committees in Ita ...

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