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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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Paris Tries Again With 2024 Bid

Paris kicked off its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics on Tuesday in the presence of French politicians and athletes, "and appeared to be hoping that this time would be a charm," according to Rubin & Peltier of the N.Y. TIMES. Paris bid for -- and lost out on -- the Games for '08, which ...

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European Games Won Over Doubters

European Olympic Committees President Patrick Hickey said that the inaugural European Games has "won over the doubters, even with low profile athletics and swimming events, and its concept will pave the way for future successful editions," according to Justin Palmer of REUTERS. Hickey said, "Th ...

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Rio Ups Security For 2016 Olympic Games

A source familiar with the preparations said that Brazil plans to deploy around 60,000 security forces for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, "bolstering security amid fears of a spike in violence in the picturesque city," according to Rodrigo Viga Gaier of REUTERS. The security operatio ...

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Budapest Council Supports 2024 Bid

The Budapest city council has "voted overwhelmingly to back a bid" for the 2024 Olympics, according to the AP. The project "still needs approval from the Hungarian government and parliament." Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos said on Tuesday that "Budapest can only be a winner" because hosting ...

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Almaty Battles Perceptions In 2022 Bid

The execs in charge of bringing the 2022 Winter Olympics to Almaty, Kazakhstan "are far more serious" than the last time a former Soviet republic from Central Asia bid to host an Olympics in '92, when "the entire thing was considered a joke," according to Sam Borden of the N.Y. TIMES. They do n ...

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IOA President Demands $2M Defamation Notice

Indian Olympic Association President N. Ramachandran has "slapped a defamation notice" on Hockey India President Narinder Batra by demanding Rs 10 crore ($1.6M) for allegedly "damaging his reputation by his bribery allegations," even as Batra "dared the IOA boss to sue him in a court of law," accord ...

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Olympic Notes

Int'l Paralympic Committee Swimming on Tuesday announced that Funchal, on the island of Madeira, Portugal, will host the 2016 IPC Swimming Open European Championships. Around 450 athletes from 50 countries are expected to compete at the event, which will take place from May 15-21. It is being run as ...

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Tokyo Shortlists Baseball, Softball, Karate

Tokyo "has shortlisted baseball, softball and karate among nine additional candidate events for the 2020 Olympics in Japan’s capital," according to Isabel Reynolds of BLOOMBERG. Bowling, roller sports, climbing, squash, surfing and wushu "were also listed" Monday by the Tokyo 2020 Additional E ...

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Rio 2016 Launches Mascots' Cartoon

The Rio 2016 organizing committee closed a partnership with Cartoon Network to "transform" the Olympic and Paralympic mascots, Vinícius and Tom, into characters for a cartoon series that will air as of Aug. 5, according to Amanda Kestelman of GLOBO ESPORTE. The series will consist of 32 episo ...

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DOSB Will Hold Majority Stake In Bid Corp.

The German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) "will, as expected, take over the majority stake of the Olympic bid corporation for the 2024 Games," according to Kathrin Hartmann of SPONSORs. The bid company "will be officially founded on Thursday." The DOSB will take over 51% of the company, with the ...

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