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World Anti-Doping Agency Suspends Rio Drug-Testing Lab

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 27 / 16

Doping samples taken at the Rio Olympics "will not be tested in the host city following an extraordinary suspension of the laboratory's accreditation," according to Samantha Lane of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The facility that was set to be in overdrive through August -- analyzing samples from the b...

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The IOC will invest $600,000 to support a United Nations Women project seeking to improve the lives of young women in Brazil through sport. The "One Win Leads to Another" initiative will initially help 2,500 girls aged 12-14 in 50 schools across the state of Rio de Janeiro, with the hope that the mo ...

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PyeongChang 2018 Partners With SK Group

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games signed an official domestic sponsorship agreement with SK Group. Under the agreement, SK Group will become an official partner for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games for the "semiconductors an ...

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Tokyo 2020 Wants Five New Sports

Leagues and governing federations of the five new possible Olympic sports were quick to cheer the Tokyo Olympic committee’s proposal to expand the 2020 Olympic program, though final decisions will not be made until next August. Tokyo organizers on Monday proposed 18 new med ...

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Japan Sports Minister Resigns

Japan Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura, a close conservative ally of PM Shinzo Abe, "has tendered his resignation over the scrapping of plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics centerpiece stadium after a cost blowout," according to Sieg & Kaneko of REUTERS. Shimomura told a post-cabinet meeting news ...

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'We're Ready' Says Rome's Bid Chair

Since Italian Premier Matteo Renzi announced Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics last year, the details have been "something of a mystery," according to Andrew Dampf of the AP. However, bid chair Luca Cordero di Montezemolo revealed a list of "iconic venues" that will take "full advantage of Rome's his ...

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Human Rights Groups Attack IOC

Human rights groups accused the IOC on Thursday of "failing to include explicit requirements on human rights in the host city contract for the 2024 Summer Olympics," according to the AP. The IOC, meanwhile, said that it was "surprised" by the criticism and insisted that the contract does "expli ...

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POCOC Pegs IPC To Sell Int'l Rights

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee appointed the Int'l Paralympic Committee to act as the exclusive sales agent for int'l broadcast rights for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Under the terms of the IPC-IOC agreement, a Games Organizing Committee is responsi ...

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German Ministers Expect Economic Boost

The economy ministers of German states Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein "are expecting an economic boost for Northern Germany from possible Olympic Games in '24," according to the SID. Hamburg Economic Senator Frank Horch: "In addition to the tourism in the North, the construction industry would hugel ...

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Rio Ceremonies To Be Low-Budget

The opening and closing ceremonies for the Rio Olympics and Paralympics "will be low-budget productions compared to three years ago in London, or in Beijing in 2008," according to Stephen Wade of the AP. The austerity "reflects the reality of Rio's Olympics, which open in just over 10 months and are ...

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POCOG Organizers Break Ground On Village

The organizing committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics (POCOG) "held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the launch of construction of the Athletes Village on Tuesday," according to Peter Rutherford of REUTERS. Construction "is due to be completed in 2017 and will house around 3,500 athlete ...

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