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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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09/16/13
South Africa Eyes 2024 Olympics Bid

South Africa's Government said that the nation "is ready to host the first Olympics and Paralympics" in the city of Durban in 2024, although an official decision "is yet to be made on whether the country will join the bid race," according to James Cook of INSIDE THE GAMES. South Africa's only previo ...

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09/13/13
Madrid Mayor Rules 2024 Olympics Out

Madrid Mayor Ana Botella said that the Spanish city should not bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, "after missing out on the 2020 edition last week," according to Alex Duff of BLOOMBERG. Spain's Education, Culture & Sports Minister Jose Ignacio Wert said that Botella's opinion was "correct ...

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09/13/13
Olympic Notes

Polar explorer and federal lawmaker Artur Chilingarov "will lead an expedition to the North Pole as part of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay." A nuclear ice-breaker, named 50 Years of Victory, "will leave Murmansk port and take the torch to the Arctic at the end of October." Once there, "a ...

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09/12/13
Bach Calls Sochi 'Most Important Issue'

Newly elected IOC President Thomas Bach "announced in his first press conference a change of course at the organization," according to the DPA. The 59-year-old German lawyer "wants to make the well-being of athletes the IOC's top priority again." In addition, he "wants to develop the IOC into a stro ...

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09/12/13
Sheikh Wants IOC Lobbying Clarification

Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, who "played a controversial role" in the election of new IOC President Thomas Bach, has "insisted he is no 'kingmaker' but called for the rules over lobbying to be clarified," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN.  ...

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09/12/13
Spanish Sports Officials To Meet Friday

The Spanish Superior Sports Council (CSD) has scheduled a meeting with Olympic federations for Friday, according to the EFE. CSD President Miguel Cardenal has "arranged to meet with leaders of Olympic federations this week" and will meet with representatives of non-Olympic federations "at the end of ...

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09/12/13
Olympic Notes

Japan PM Shinzo Abe plans to appoint Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura "to the new post of minister in charge of preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics." The plan "is aimed at unifying administrative tasks for the Olympics and Paralympics" ( KYODO, 9/11 ). ... Abe and Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose on W ...

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09/11/13
IOC Selects Bach As Next President

German lawyer and former Olympic fencer Thomas Bach on Tuesday won a six-candidate race to succeed Jacques Rogge as IOC president. Bach, who was seen as the frontrunner, won a majority in the second round of voting. The 59-year-old former adidas exec has been a member of the IOC since '91. ...

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09/11/13
Thomas Bach Ready For 'Big Challenges'

Less than an hour after being named the new IOC president, THOMAS BACH fielded a series of questions from English-language media. Bach provided his first official comments to the press as president and he touched on everything from Russia's anti-gay laws to challenges in organizing the R ...

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09/11/13
Japan PM Launches 2020 Preparations

Japan PM Shinzo Abe instructed his ministers to start preparations for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, "pledging to address concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis," according to KYODO. Abe said, "We must make preparation swiftly and steadily." Abe said the government "will fully suppor ...

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