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Official Says 'Urgent' Need To Improve Sochi's Legacy Plans In Wake Of 2014 Olympics

04 / 24 / 14

Russian Audit Chamber board member Vladimir Katrenko said there is an “urgent” need to improve the legacy plans for the Winter Olympic venues in Sochi and halt an exodus of skilled staff, according to R-SPORT. Sochi's Olympic Park will host F1 racing starting in October, while "plans are...

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10/22/13
DOSB Demands Extra $52M From Ministry

The German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) said that "it needs more money in order to win medals at the 2016 Rio Games," according to SPIEGEL ONLINE. The DOSB reportedly needs an additional €38M ($52M) annually. It "will allegedly submit a corresponding claim to the German Interior Ministry." ...

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10/22/13
Politicians To Decide On Barcelona '22 Bid

Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias on Monday requested that Spanish political parties the "Convergencia i Union" (CiU), Party of Catalan Socialists (PSC), Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and the People's Party (PPC) "decide within three days whether they will give a 'yes' to Barcelona's possible 2022 W ...

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10/22/13
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Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee President Dmitry Chernyshenko said that "the Olympic flame for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games has arrived at the North Pole." Chernyshenko, posting a picture of the flame in a delicately designed container, wrote on Twitter, "Record is set! First time ever the Olympic ...

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10/21/13
Alligator Worries At Olympics Golf Venue

Organizers of the first Olympic golf tournament in 112 years said that "there is little risk of alligator-like creatures slithering onto fairways or greens during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. As many as 6,000 caimans, members of the alligator family, "live i ...

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10/21/13
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A gold coin weighing three kilograms and dedicated to the 2014 Sochi Olympics "was purchased Friday by an unnamed buyer in Russia’s Far East for $232,200." A spokesperson for the Sberbank's branch in the Amur Region said that the coin "is the heaviest and most expensive in the series of colle ...

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10/18/13
Team GB Chooses Rio Olympics Camp

The British Olympic Association announced that Great Britain's '16 Olympians "will complete their preparations for the Games in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte," according to the PA. BOA Chair Sebastian Coe "has signed an official memorandum of understanding with city officials w ...

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10/18/13
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A Yokohama housewife "has submitted a petition with 15,000 signatures opposing Tokyo’s plan to build a canoe course for the 2020 Olympics in fauna-rich Kasai Rinkai Park." The woman collected the signatures via the online signature-gathering site Change.org "in the hope of persuading the Tokyo ...

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10/17/13
Bach Names Coordination Commissions

IOC President Thomas Bach has appointed IOC VP John Coates as chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Frank Fredericks has been named  Coordination Commission chairman for the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games. Coates and Fredericks will lead two team ...

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10/17/13
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Puerto Rican banking exec Richard Carrion, who was "instrumental in building up the financial security of the IOC, has resigned from his key roles in the Olympic body following his failed bid for the presidency." Carrion quit his "different positions within the IOC," including as chairman of the fin ...

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