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Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 26 / 14

The Greek Super League elected Asteras Tripolis President GIORGOS BOROVILOS as president on Monday "after he secured 13 votes out of the 16 teams in the league," with Panthrakikos President DIMITRIS TZELEPIS elected as his deputy ( REUTERS, 11/25 ). ... The NBA announced that JAN MENNEKEN h...

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Large crates of equipment stand unopened outside the entrance to the plush new Swissotel above Sochi "as it scrambles to be ready for the start of the Winter Olympics," according to Heritage & Pilat of REUTERS. A bricklayer in a woolen hat "puts the finishing touches to a nearby wall, workers in ...

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02/04/14
Bach: Seven-Year Rule Not Set In Stone

IOC President Thomas Bach said an IOC rule that forces a sport to wait seven years before it can potentially become part of the Games program is "more or less obsolete," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Bach "is eager to revamp the organization, change the bidding process for candidate citi ...

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The IOC "is urging Russian Olympic organizers to move quickly to resolve the issue of accommodations that are not ready for accredited media personnel in the mountains outside of Sochi," according to Stephen Wilson of the AP. The Sochi organizing committee said that "only six of the nine media hotel ...

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AIS Unveils New Logo

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Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee President Dmitry Chernyshenko said on Wednesday that "Sochi is 'fully ready' and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run Games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations," according to the AP. Speaking on Russia's first Olympic Games, Chernyshe ...

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