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WADA President Calling On Japan PM To Increase Funding To Fight Doping

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 25 / 16

World Anti-Doping Agency President Craig Reedie challenged Japan PM Shinzo Abe to "put his money where his mouth is and increase Japan’s funding in the fight against doping," according to Andrew McKirdy of the JAPAN TIMES. Abe met IOC President Thomas Bach earlier this week and "pledged t...

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Innsbruck Has 'Excellent Chance' On '26

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IOC To Examine Tramadol

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Disaster-Struck Areas To Host Baseball

IOC President Thomas Bach said on Thursday that baseball and softball's return to the Olympic program "will begin in the part of Japan hit hardest" by the March '11 earthquake and tsunami, according to KYODO. In his keynote address at the World Forum on Sport & Culture, Bach "proposed staging th ...

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Bach Proposing Events In Disaster Areas

IOC President Thomas Bach met with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on Wednesday and "suggested staging some events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the northeastern region of Japan hit by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster," according to Jim Armstrong of the AP. Bach said that the IOC is conside ...

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Tokyo Lied To IOC About Costs

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government gave the IOC "a false estimate for the cost of construction work on a rowing and canoe-kayak (sprint) venue for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics two years ago, to obtain the IOC's approval to hold the events there during the Tokyo Games," according to THE MAINICHI. ...

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Olympic Notes

Olympic leaders "have continued to voice their displeasure with the political climate that forced Rome to suspend its bid for the 2024 Summer Games ." The IOC "reiterated its concerns in a letter to the Italian Olympic Committee that was made public on Monday." IOC President Thomas Bach : "Bas ...

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IOC Concerned About Tokyo Games Costs

The IOC said on Tuesday that it felt costs for the 2020 Tokyo Games looked "very high" and would work with organizers "to cut them, but that athletes must come first when considering how to rein in spending," according to Lies & Gallagher of REUTERS. The comments "came at a meeting between Tokyo ...

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IOC President To Meet Tokyo Governor

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Tokyo Governor Visits Alternative Site

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Saturday visited a boat race course in Miyagi Prefecture, a facility that has "emerged as an alternative venue for the rowing/canoe sprint events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics," according to KYODO. Koike said, "I will consider venues based on this vis ...

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Ishinomaki Bidding To Host Torch Relay

A city "devastated by killer tsunami that struck northeastern Japan" in March '11 is "hoping to be the starting point of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic torch relay," according to KYODO. On Thursday, Ishinomaki Mayor Hiroshi Kameyama visited Tamayo Marukawa, minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympics and Paral ...

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