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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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03/17/14
Olympic Notes

Immediately after the "famous malfunction" at the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony -- four electric snowflakes blossoming into Olympic rings while a fifth remained closed -- Russian businessman Dmitry Medvedev "began using the image in advertisements." Medvedev, who has no relation to his country's P ...

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03/14/14
Akimoto Eyed For Tokyo 2020 Exec Board

A source said that Japanese pop group AKB48 music producer Yasushi Akimoto and Olympic Gold Medalist hammer thrower Koji Murofushi "are among the people informally tapped for the board of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games" in '20, according to KYODO. In the wake of ...

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03/14/14
Olympic Notes

Berlin "is considering bidding" to host the 2024 Olympics. Mayor Klaus Wowereit said, "Berlin meets the requirements to host the Olympic games, all the sports facilities are already in place" ( AFP, 3/13 ). ... Leaders of Krakow, Poland's campaign for the 2022 Winter Olympics "have submitted their ...

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03/12/14
IPC Chief: Sochi Exceeding Expectations

Int'l Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven said on Tuesday that the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games "are on track to becoming the most successful ever," according to Ossian Shine of REUTERS. Craven said, "The Games are exceeding all expectations in every single area." The IPC said that more t ...

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03/11/14
Poor Conditions Slow Paralympics Skiing

Conditions at the Sochi Winter Paralympics "have caused havoc with more than half of the skiers who raced in the Super-G event on the second day of competition," according to Stathi Paxinos of THE AGE. The courses at Rosa Khutor "have been heavily criticised" at both the Olympics and Paralympics but ...

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03/10/14
Sochi Paralympics Break Ticket Records

The 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games have already broken records for ticket sales and online visitors. As of Sunday, Sochi has sold 287,000 tickets, beating the previous record set at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics by 57,000 sales. As of Saturday, 45,000 people visited the Olympic Park and more th ...

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03/09/14
Ukrainians Stage Protest At Paralympics

Ukrainian Winter Paralympians "have staged a symbolic protest at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games, with all but one athlete boycotting the athletes' parade in protest at Russia's incursion into Crimea," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. The Games "opened with a spectacular cere ...

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03/07/14
Ukraine Undecided On Paralympics Boycott

Int'l Paralympic Committee spokesperson Craig Spence said on Thursday that Ukraine "remains undecided over whether to boycott the Sochi Paralympics less than 48 hours before the Games begin." Spence said IPC President Philip Craven had held "a very long and productive meeting" Wednesday night with o ...

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03/07/14
Heat Won't Affect Sochi Paralympics

As temperatures in Sochi continue to rise, organizers made assurances Thursday that "there will be no problem with the snow at the Winter Paralympic Games that start Friday," according to R-SPORT. At the Krasnaya Polyana village where the alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and biathlon competitions ...

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03/07/14
Olympic Notes

Russian national hockey team coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov "is leaving his job after the home team's disappointing quarterfinals exit at the Sochi Olympics." The Int'l Ice Hockey Federation said that Russia "is looking for a new coach before the world championship in May in Belarus" ( AP, 3/5 ). .. ...

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