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Rio Police Protest Financial Disaster With 'Welcome To Hell' Sign At Rio Int'l Airport

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 30 / 16

Just weeks ahead of the Olympic Games, "police helicopters are grounded, patrol cars are parked and Rio de Janeiro’s security forces are so pressed for funds that some have to beg for donations of pens, cleaning supplies and even toilet paper, fueling worries about safety at the world’s ...

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07/30/15
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British IOC VP Craig Reedie said that L.A. "should step in as the United States' bid for the 2024 Olympics to replace Boston." Reedie believes L.A.'s existing stadium and sports facilities "would make it a strong bid -- and a relatively cheap one." Reedie: "One of the advantages that Los Angeles has ...

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07/29/15
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07/27/15
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07/27/15
Tokyo Unveils Logos For 2020 Olympics

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07/27/15
AA Demands Probe Of 1980 Games Final

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07/24/15
Scrapped Stadium To Cost Japan $47M

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07/23/15
Rio Olympic Village 85% Finished

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