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Michelin Says Tires Used In Formula E Could Hit Roads In Three To Five Years

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 01 / 15

Michelin’s involvement in Formula E is accelerating the implementation of new developments in road tires, according to a senior exec at the company. The technological aspect is one of three pillars Michelin looks at when entering a motorsports series, said Chris Baker, motorsports director at...

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04/01/15
FA Disappointed Over Olympics Drop

The FA "expressed disappointment after being forced to scrap plans to enter British men’s and women’s teams for the Rio 2016 Olympics after opposition from the other home nations," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. The FA told Scotland , Wales and Ireland that "it was ...

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03/30/15
IOC Receives Rights Assurances For Bids

After Beijing police raided an anti-discrimination group, an official said that the IOC "received non-discrimination assurances from Beijing and Almaty's bids to host the 2022 Winter Olympics," according to Ben Blanchard of REUTERS. The IOC said last year that "it would include human rights clauses ...

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03/30/15
Rio Government Spends $6M On Cleanup

The pollution of Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay "is one of the biggest worries" of the 2016 Olympics, according to LANCEPRESS. To "solve" the problem, the Rio de Janeiro state government "called for an emergency contract." Without bidding, it "made a deal" worth R$20M ($6.2M) with sailing and enviro ...

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03/27/15
Beijing 2022 Touts Open Internet Access

An official said that if Beijing is successful in its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics then foreigners who attend "will get uncensored Internet access," but this is not an issue for Chinese who "don't like" sites like Facebook and Twitter, according to Ben Blanchard of REUTERS. China "keeps a tight ...

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03/26/15
Munich Would Have Gotten 2022 Games

German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) President Alfons Hörmann said that Munich "would have easily defeated Beijing and Almaty in the race to stage the 2022 Winter Olympics if they had gone ahead with a bid," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Hörmann: "It is bitter that Almaty a ...

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03/26/15
Women's Team GB Scrapped For Rio

England proposals for men’s Team GB football at the Rio Olympics "have already been kicked into the long grass by the other home nations -- and the women’s hopes are going in the same direction," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. There were strong hopes that a women&rsq ...

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03/26/15
Rio 2016 To Generate 80,000 Jobs

The Rio 2016 organizing committee announced Tuesday that the event "will generate 80,000 temporary job posts," according to Dilascio & Filipo of GLOBO ESPORTE. Rio 2016 also announced that sponsorship for the Games "exceeded by 7% the goal established in 2014." According to Rio 2016, there will ...

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03/26/15
Troops For Rio 2016 Will Cost $182M

The Brazilian Armed Forces will spend R$580M ($182M) of the federal government's budget on "strategic defense security" at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Defense Ministry announced Tuesday, according to Antônio Werneck of O GLOBO. The plan "counts on the action of around 38,000" members of the Bra ...

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03/26/15
Olympic Notes

Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb, Inc. "won a bid to provide rooms for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as the city scrambles to accommodate visiting fans and athletes." The company, which has become one of Silicon Valley's most successful start-ups in the five years since it wa ...

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03/25/15
IOC Evaluators Visit Beijing 2022 Bid Sites

IOC evaluators "began a five-day inspection tour of Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Tuesday as Chinese organizers fired back at critics of the government's human rights record," according to Christopher Bodeen of the AP. The IOC inspection "is a key test of Beijing's status as a front- ...

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