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Inter-Korea Team At PyeongChang Games May Be Difficult, North Korean Exec Says

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 27 / 17

A veteran North Korean sports administrator visiting South Korea "expressed his misgivings about forming a joint Korean team for next year's Winter Olympics south of the border due to the time crunch," according to Yoo Jee-ho of YONHAP. Chang Ung, North Korea's lone member of the IOC, is in South Ko...

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'Poor Supervision' Behind Rising Costs

The head of a Tokyo panel tasked with "slashing" 2020 Olympics costs said that "poor supervision and a lack of clear authority" is one reason costs for the Games have "soared to more than four times original estimates," according to Elaine Lies of the REUTERS. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike "ordered a ...

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Workers Threatening To Sue Rio Olympics

Nearly two-and-a-half months after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, "hundreds of workers still haven’t been paid and are planning to sue the local organizing committee to get their money," according to Stephen Wade of the AP. Among those late getting paid are "about 100 freelance contractors who w ...

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Panel Detailing 2020 Games Costs

The rowing and canoeing venue for the 2020 Olympics should either be moved to a site hundreds of miles away in northern Japan "or downgraded to a temporary facility in Tokyo, a city government cost-cutting panel said Tuesday," according to Mari Yamaguchi of the AP. The recommendation came as of ...

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Olympic Notes

The official broadcaster for the Olympic Games said Monday that equipment " held by Brazilian authorities for more than a month , as collateral for any salary claims by workers, is being released." The equipment belonging to the  Olympic Broadcasting Services has been held since the Paral ...

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Esports Targeting Olympic Status

Korea e-Sports Association (KeSPA) President Jun Byung-hun said that his "ultimate goal is to make esports an official Olympic event," according to Baek Byung-yeul of the KOREA TIMES. Established in '08 with nine countries signing on as founding members, the Int'l e-Sports Federation (IeSF) has ...

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IOC Hails Rio Anti-Doping Program

The Rio Olympics anti-doping program was "successful despite a lack of trained staff and resources," the IOC said on Friday following a World Anti-Doping Agency report noting "serious failings" in the process, according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The IOC said that the overall program had b ...

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Budapest 2024 Reveals New Sponsors

A total of 12 sponsors have "thrown their support behind Budapest’s bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to date," according to Liam Morgan of INSIDE THE GAMES. Only 11 have currently been named by Budapest 2024, however, "as one company did not want to be named yet" as it plans on ha ...

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Olympic Notes

Alliance of Japan Top Leagues Head Saburo Kawabuchi  "called for the construction of the Ariake Arena  volleyball venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics  to go ahead as planned." Ariake Arena is "among a number of new venues that have come under scrutiny by a Games cost review pane ...

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John Delaney Steps Down From OCI

John Delaney has told the Olympic Council of Ireland that he is "stepping down" from his role as OCI VP, according to RTE. Delaney's decision to step down from the OCI comes on the back of a "turbulent summer" for the organization which saw its President Pat Hickey arrested by Brazilian police ...

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Olympic Channel Signs Six More IFs

The Olympic Channel announced that it has reached cooperation agreements with six Int'l Sports Federations (IFs) to collaborate on content for the Olympic Channel. The IFs for cycling (UCI), figure skating/speed skating (ISU), luge (FIL) and for new sports in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, baseball/s ...

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