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Olympic Re-Tests Raise Added Concerns Over Russian Doping

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 09 / 16

Positive re-tests of doping samples from the '08 and '12 Olympics have left IOC President Thomas Bach with "real concerns about Russia, as well as the sport of weightlifting," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. About 100 Russian athletes were banned from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games ...

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Fukushima May Host Baseball, Softball

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11/09/16
Tokyo 2020 Announces New Program

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Tags: Asia, Olympics

11/09/16
IOC Gives Women's Sport Award To Man

The IOC has "given its top award for women's sport to a man for the first time," according to the AP. Ethiopian sports journalist Dagim Zinabu Tekle "collected the IOC Women and Sport World Trophy," first presented in '00, at a ceremony on Monday in the IOC's home city of Lausanne, Switzerland. ...

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11/09/16
Olympic Notes

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11/08/16
Paris 2024 Outlines Sustainable Bid

The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid Committee has reaffirmed its commitment to deliver a Games with sustainability at its core as the Paris Agreement comes into effect. The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the banks of the River Seine will play a key role in the Paris 2024 city ...

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11/07/16
H+K Wins Olympic Comms Contract

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11/07/16
IOC Threatens Legal Action Against Kuwait

The IOC "has threatened legal action against a government-appointed Olympic committee in Kuwait" that has been suspended by many int'l federations, according to the AFP. The IOC also said in a letter that it "could seek damages" over the Kuwait committee's unauthorized use of the Olympic name.& ...

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11/04/16
IOC Says Venue Changes 'Still Possible'

IOC Olympic Games Exec Dir Christophe Dubi said on Thursday that venue switches for volleyball and rowing/canoe sprint "remain a possibility following meetings by a four-party, cost-cutting working group for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," according to KYODO. A decision on the venues "will be ma ...

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11/03/16
'Poor Supervision' Behind Rising Costs

The head of a Tokyo panel tasked with "slashing" 2020 Olympics costs said that "poor supervision and a lack of clear authority" is one reason costs for the Games have "soared to more than four times original estimates," according to Elaine Lies of the REUTERS. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike "ordered a ...

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11/02/16
Workers Threatening To Sue Rio Olympics

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