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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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09/20/13
UK Agencies Take Lead After Tokyo Win

Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympics "owes much to the work of the Havas consultancy Seven46 and Interpublic’s PR shop Weber Shandwick," according to MEDIA WEEK. Since the success of the 2012 London Games bid, U.K. agencies "have thrived as bid advisors for mega-sports events." Seve ...

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09/20/13
Olympic Notes

The Russian Defense Ministry "has cancelled its previous order for two warships to head to Eastern Mediterranean." The Russian Navy said that "the two warships now are assigned a task to prepare for the security mission" during the 2014 Sochi Olympics ( XINHUA, 9/19 ). ... Japanese PM Shinzo Abe " ...

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09/19/13
Tokyo Could Be Hottest Games In Century

Olympic athletes "risk the hottest weather in more than a century at the 2020 Tokyo Games as high summer temperatures in Japan’s capital highlight concern about holding global sporting events under extreme conditions," according to Chris Cooper of BLOOMBERG. Tokyo "is set to host its second Ol ...

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09/19/13
Scotland Could Field 2016 Olympics Team

Scottish Sports Minister Shona Robison suggested that "an independent Scotland would field its own Olympic and Paralympic teams" at the 2016 Rio Games, according to Josh White of the LONDON TIMES. Robison "is confident" that should the Scottish electorate opt for independence in next year’s re ...

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09/19/13
Randhir: IOA Should Take IOC Directive

IOC member Randhir Singh on Wednesday asked the officials of the suspended Indian Olympic Association "to accept the IOC's directive to bar charge-sheeted persons from contesting elections or face further action from the world body," according to the PTI. Randhir said, "My friends in IOA are misinfo ...

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09/18/13
Sochi Offers Sochi Delay Warning

Russian President Vladimir Putin "ordered officials to quickly overcome failures and delays in preparing the Sochi Winter Olympics and said he expected nothing less than a 'brilliant Games,'" according to Denis Dyomkin of REUTERS. The Black Sea resort city and Olympic Village "still resemble a const ...

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09/17/13
Spanish Federations Financially Strapped

With the "illusion of Madrid hosting the 2020 Olympics now vanished, the desert of Spain's economic crisis is extending into Spanish sport," according to EL PAIS. The "public's subsidies have been exhausted" and Spain's Superior Sports Council (CSD) has "run dry." Many Spanish Olympic sports federat ...

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09/17/13
Bach To Resign From Controversial Group

Newly elected IOC President Thomas Bach "intends to resign from the presidency of an organization purported to support the anti-Israel boycott movement," according to Raphael Ahren of the TIMES OF ISRAEL. Bach is the chairman of Ghorfa, the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Founded in ...

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09/17/13
Malaysia Bidding To Host Olympics

Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia Secretary Edwin Chong said that Malaysia "needs to develop a full range of technical expertise and have full Government backing before it can make a serious bid to host the Olympic Games," according to THE STAR. Chong added that Malaysia "could consider itself read ...

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09/17/13
Olympic Notes

The Russian Int'l Olympic University, or RIOU, "opened with great fanfare on Monday in Sochi, the host city for next year's Winter Games." It is "the first university established in conjunction" with the IOC and "aims to provide former athletes with education to help them build a career after t ...

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