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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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07/10/13
UAE Athletics Calls On Private Sector

The president of the UAE Athletics Federation has called for "engagement and involvement" from the private sector to help lift the profile of athletics in the country, according to Alaric Gomes of GULF NEWS. UAE AF President & IAAF council member Ahmad Al Kamali said, "We have three years to go ...

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07/08/13
IOC Presidential Candidates Plead Case

The race to become the next IOC president "came into sharp focus Thursday with the contenders taking their case directly to the voters," according to the AP. The candidates each made 15-minute presentations to the general assembly, "the first time such campaign speeches have been held in an IOC pres ...

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07/08/13
Sochi Games To Get 37,000 Police

Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said Friday that 37,000 police officers "had been deployed" to protect the 2014 Sochi Olympics, according to the MOSCOW TIMES. Kolokoltsev was "repeating official assurances to make the Olympics safe despite the threat of an Islamist insurgency in the r ...

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07/08/13
COE President To Travel To Gain Support

Following each candidacy's final presentation to voters last week, Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) President Alejandro Blanco "will travel the world with the goal of finding support" for Madrid's bid to host the 2020 Olympics, according to Matilla & Jiménez of AS. First, Blanco will go to ...

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07/08/13
Buenos Aires Wins '18 Youth Games Bid

Following a vote by IOC members at the Extraordinary IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday, IOC President Jacques Rogge announced that Buenos Aires will host the Summer Youth Olympic Games in '18. Buenos Aires was elected ahead of Glasgow, Scotland and Medellín, Colombia. Voting to ...

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07/08/13
Korean Group Against Tokyo 2020 Bid

A group of Korean citizens is "campaigning to have Tokyo dropped as a venue for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games," according to the JAPAN TIMES. The group, called Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK), has written the IOC and has also "been circulating an online petition to thwart Tokyo’s sele ...

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07/04/13
Final Presentations For '20 Olympic Hosts

Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul made their final presentations on Wednesday to the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland to be selected as the host site for the 2020 Summer Olympics, according to MUNDO DEPORTIVO. The final decision will be made on Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires. Each of the three Olympic host candidates ...

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07/04/13
Russian Islamist Calls For Olympic Attack

The leader of Russia's Islamist movement "has lifted a moratorium on attacks inside Russia and called on his rebels to disrupt the upcoming Winter Olympics in the southern city of Sochi," according to Miriam Elder of the London GUARDIAN. In a video dated in June, Russian Islamist Doku Umarov said hi ...

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07/04/13
Coe To Seek Youth Games For Glasgow

Almost exactly eight years since British Olympic Association Chair Sebastian Coe "delivered the electrifying speech that won the Olympic Games for London, he will aim to bring the fledgling Youth Olympics to Glasgow in 2018 with the argument that it will help finish what he started," according to Ow ...

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07/03/13
IOC Bidders Ready Final Presentations

The three cities bidding for the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and the six men vying to succeed IOC President Jacques Rogge are making presentations to IOC members this week in Lausanne, Switzerland, according to THE LOCAL. Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo "will approach their presentations on We ...

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