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Rio Games Sees Budget Increase By 25% In Wake Of Project Delays, New Transit Plans

04 / 18 / 14

Brazilian authorities "unveiled an infrastructure budget" of $10.76B for the 2016 Rio Olymipcs, which is 25% "more than planned, as they try to reassure the world they can deliver facilities on time," according to Pedro Fonseca of REUTERS. The budget "covers 27 projects in urban development and publ...

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04/03/14
IOC Chief Bach Appoints New Leaders

IOC President Thomas Bach appointed new leaders for 14 of the organization's 30 commissions, including key positions overseeing the marketing, press and finance commissions. Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda was named chair of the IOC’s marketing commission. The 66-year-old ...

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04/03/14
Krakow Backs Olympics Referendum

Krakow councillors have voted for a referendum on whether the city should host the 2022 Winter Olympics, choosing 25 May, the same date as the elections to the European Parliament. Winter Olympics logo. (Press materials) At least 30 percent of the city's adult population must take ...

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04/02/14
S. Korea Sports Ministry Launches Probe

South Korea's sports ministry "has launched a probe into seven winter sports federations in a bid to uncover any illegal activities and recover public trust in the organisations" ahead of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, according to Narae Kim of REUTERS. The ministry said in a statement on Tuesday th ...

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04/02/14
Asian Games Seeks N. Korea Participation

The top organizer for this year's Asian Games in South Korea has asked the IOC "to help North Korea take part in the event," according to YONHAP. Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee President Kim Young-soo met with IOC President Thomas Bach during his visit on Monday to the Olympic Council of A ...

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04/02/14
DSC Wants To Popularize Award

The Dubai Sports Council "wants to popularise Brand Dubai" among the IOC family "more effectively with the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award," according to Alaric Gomes of GULF NEWS. DSC Secretary General Dr. Ahmad Sa’ad Al Sharif said, “For Dubai, this award is one of ...

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04/01/14
WCF: Beijing Ready For Winter Olympics

World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness said in Beijing Sunday that China "did a fabulous job in 2008 Beijing Olympics" and has no problem in hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics, according to XINHUA. Caithness, who is attending the 2014 men's World Curling Championship which kicked ...

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03/28/14
Worries Over Rio Olympic Golf Course

Construction work on the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Rio Games "is behind schedule and a planned test event may not be possible," according to Martyn Herman of REUTERS. Int'l Golf Federation President and Royal & Ancient CEO Peter Dawson said that "while he was impressed with the proposed c ...

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03/27/14
Cookson Wants Track Cycling At Winter Games

Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) President Brian Cookson "has now suggested that all track events could be moved from the summer to the winter Games," according to Tom Cary of the London TELEGRAPH. The Englishman said that "a whole raft of indoor events such as judo or badminton could be switched to the wi ...

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03/26/14
S. Korea To File Complaint Over Judging

South Korean sports officials said Tuesday that "they are preparing to file a formal complaint" with the Int'l Skating Union over the judging of the women’s figure skating competitions at the Sochi Olympics, according to the AP. South Korean fans "were outraged" when Yuna Kim was denied a seco ...

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03/26/14
Korean Air To Build Bobsleighs

Korean Air Lines Co. said Tuesday that "it will build bobsleighs" to be used at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, according to YONHAP. The company said that "it plans to form a consortium with local universities to build the sleighs that will be used by the South Korean national team at the prem ...

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