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Olympic Re-Tests Raise Added Concerns Over Russian Doping

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 09 / 16

Positive re-tests of doping samples from the '08 and '12 Olympics have left IOC President Thomas Bach with "real concerns about Russia, as well as the sport of weightlifting," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. About 100 Russian athletes were banned from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games ...

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Olympic Notes

The Australian Olympic Committee "will make the country's top athletes sign pledges that they have never worked with coaches or support staff that have engaged in doping-related activity." The AOC said that "it was moving early to bring national sports federations up to code," and would work with Au ...

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World Cup Success Fuels Hope For Rio '16

During the World Cup, more than 1 million int'l visitors "flocked to Brazil," according to Mimi Whitefield of the MIAMI HERALD. Now, the country "hopes to take some of the lessons it learned from organizing a successful World Cup as it barrels full-speed ahead in preparing for its next mega sporting ...

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Berlin Estimates Olympics Bid To Cost $66M

A bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics would cost Berlin around €50M ($66.4M), according to the DPA. For the first time, Berlin Sports Senator Frank Henkel "provided concrete numbers." The amount would cover the period between '15 and fall '17. It would include costs for promotional events, pla ...

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Official: N. Korea On Major Sports Drive

North Korean Sports Delegation Head Yang Song Ho said on Wednesday that North Korea "hopes to harness the power of sport to raise its image on the world stage through international competitions such as the Olympic Games ," according to Peter Rutherford of REUTERS. In a "rare speech by a North Kor ...

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Bach Wants To Use YOG As Test Model

IOC President Thomas Bach said that the IOC "wants to use the current Youth Olympic Games as a test model for a more sustainable approach to future Games' bidding processes and operations," according to Sun Xiaochen of the CHINA DAILY. Given the scale and cost of major sporting events, hosting the O ...

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Rio Games Expected On Time, On Budget

Rio 2016 Organizing Committee CEO Sidney Levy "has vowed on Monday to deliver the Games on time and on budget," according to XINHUA. Brazil "hosted the month-long FIFA World Cup without any major hitches," but the build-up to the football showpiece event "was far less smooth." Levy said that the Oly ...

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Samsung, IOC Extend Deal Until 2020

Samsung Electronics "struck a deal" with the IOC on Sunday to "officially sponsor the Olympic Games until 2020," according to the KOREA HERALD. Under the deal, Samsung "will sponsor South Korea's PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018 and the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 by supplying a wide range of dev ...

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Rio's Olympic Golf Course 59% Complete

With 59% of construction now completed, grass at the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course in Barra da Tijuca has been sown on five of the 18 holes, with irrigation reaching more than two thirds of the course. Brazilian Olympic Committee Venue Management Planning GM Gustavo Nascimento said, "After this stage ...

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Olympic Notes

Nigeria "has decided to pull out of the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games on Saturday after the other two West African countries Sierra Leone and Liberia had already withdrawn from the Games a day earlier due to the spread of deadly virus Ebola in the region." IOC President Thomas Bach "confirmed the with ...

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Melbourne Urged To Bid On Olympics

Melbourne "should bid to host the Olympic Games once more, business, sport, tourism and political leaders say," according to Peter Rolfe of the HERALD SUN. Victoria Premier Denis Napthine "has vowed to investigate pitching to bring the greatest sporting show on earth back to Melbourne, which hosted ...

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