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Hamburg Politician Wants To Build City's International Profile With 2024 Olympics Bid

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 01 / 15

News that Paris had officially entered the race to host the 2024 Olympic Games "was perhaps less painful" for Hamburg politician Wolfgang Schmidt than the accompanying punctuation, according to Leesha McKenny of THE AGE. As it had done in previous reports, the N.Y. Times used last week's F...

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Rio Games Ready For Mascot Selection

The Local Organizing Committe of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games "initiated the process for the selection of the mascot," according to Vinicius Konchinski of UOL.com.br. The organization "launched the process to contract a company" that will develop the mascot for the Games. Rio ...

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São Januário Will Not Host Rugby Sevens

The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games Organizing Committee revealed it "will not be using the São Januário stadium" for the rugby sevens competition, according to GLOBO ESPORTE. Brasileiro club Vasco, which is the tenant of the stadium, did not send the necessary documents to authoriti ...

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Madrid Guanatees Hotel Rooms For '20 Bid

The Madrid 2020 Foundation, Madrid 2020 Corp. and Madrid Hotel Industry Association have agreed on a partnership that guarantees the availability of more than 80,000 beds at the city's hotels during the 2020 Olympic Games. The rooms will be available at capped room rates. Madrid Mayor Ana Botella sa ...

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Vasco Remodelling São Januário Stadium

Brasileiro club Vasco will "renovate and increase" the capacity of its São Januário stadium from 25,000 to 43,000, according to the AP. The Rio de Janeiro club has until Wednesday to present the redevelopment plans to the Rio Olympic Organizing Committee if it wants its arena to host t ...

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LOCOG Named Campaign Of The Year

PR Week "broke with the tradition of awarding Campaign of the Year to a PRWeek Award category winner," instead, it awarded it to a communications team that "had been at the heart of the global story of the year: LOCOG," according to Kate Magee of PR WEEK. The Games "were the most-ambitious logistica ...

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London Games Come In Under Budget

The overall cost of staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games "may have cost almost four times the original estimate, but the government has claimed that it actually came in £377M ($601M) under budget," according to Mark Cue of the LONDON TIMES. With some contracts still to be wound up, ministe ...

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Coe Set To Become Next BOA Chair

Former LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe "will become the next chairman of the British Olympic Association at a vote next month after his only rival pulled out of the running," according to Ashling O'Connor of the LONDON TIMES. Great Britain Hockey President Richard Leman "withdrew his candidacy turning the ...

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Australia Chief Focuses On Anti-Doping

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates wants the country's anti-doping body "to be given sweeping powers to force witnesses to give evidence in its fight against drug use in sport," according to Alastair Himmer of REUTERS. Coates said, "The government should again consider strengthening ...

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IOC Asks Armstrong To 'Come Clean'

IOC VP Thomas Bach said that Lance Armstrong should "come clean with a full doping confession" and added that the IOC will "look into ways of taking away Armstrong's 2000 Sydney Games medal," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Bach said, "This case is now with the UCI [Int'l Cycling Union], w ...

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ISF, IBF Merge To Form One Federation

The Int'l Baseball Federation and the Int'l Softball Federation have come to a memorandum of understanding to "create a united front to ramp up their campaign for the sport and to reaffront the campaign" to get back on the 2020 Games Olympic program, according to Laura Walden of SPORTSFEATURES.com. ...

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