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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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06/20/13
Sochi Committee Sues Official Lottery

The organizational committee of Sochi 2014 is suing the Olympics’ official lottery company Sportloto for failure to make license payments for the use of Olympic logos. The committee has filed a lawsuit with a Moscow arbitration court, claiming that Sportloto failed to make applicable license p ...

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06/20/13
Investigators Say IAAF Covered Doping

Investigators in Italy said that officials for the Int'l Association of Athletics Federations had evidence that an Olympic Gold Medalist used performance-enhancing drugs "but made no effort to prevent him from competing in last summer's Olympic Games in London," according to Claudio Gatti of th ...

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06/20/13
Olympic Notes

Sports Day, Madrid's event scheduled to celebrate the Madrid 2020 Olympic bid and MARCA's 75th anniversary on June 22, "already has registered record figures," according to MARCA. Enrollment for nearly all the activities is already full, and the high demand from people wanting to participate has mot ...

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06/19/13
Russia, U.S. Team Up For Sochi Security

Security issues at large-scale sporting and public events, including the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, "will become an area of interaction" between Russia and the U.S., according to RIA. Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama "met late on Monday on the sidelines of the G8 sum ...

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06/19/13
Vladimir Putin's "Mafia Olympics"

The sports press is "agog with the revelation" by NFL New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft that in '05, Russian President Vladimir Putin "stole his Super Bowl ring," according to Dave Zirin of the London GUARDIAN's Talking Sport blog. It is "a pulpy, punchy story," and also "fits a narrative that ...

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06/18/13
KHL Breaks Two Weeks Ahead Of Sochi

Kontinental Hockey League VP Vladimir Shalaev said that the league "will halt next season's schedule a full two weeks before the start of the Sochi 2014 Olympics hockey tournament," according to R-SPORT. The 52-game season, which starts on Sept. 4 in Moscow, will break on Jan. 30, and resume on Feb. ...

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06/18/13
IOC Sources Say Tokyo 2020 In Lead

Several notable IOC members said that members of the IOC, "who will vote in less than three months to decide the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics," are increasingly leaning toward Tokyo as the favorite, according to KYODO. Tokyo's emphasis on safety and security appears to be influencing ...

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06/17/13
Istanbul's Precarious 2020 Olympic Bid

There were "hundreds of pairs of swim goggles for sale in the heart of Istanbul this past week," but while the goggles "gave the bustling streets a certain sporty air, this was not good news at last for the city’s Olympic bid," according to Christopher Clarey of the N.Y. TIMES. The goggles "w ...

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06/17/13
COE Leaders Tout Madrid's 2020 Bid

Spanish Olympic Committe (COE) President Alejandro Blanco, who is also president of the Madrid 2020 Olympic bid, emphasized on Sunday that there are "many possibilities" for Madrid to win the bid when the decision regarding the host city is made on Sept. 7, according to the EP. Blanco: "We hope to c ...

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06/14/13
Anti-Doping Law To Help Madrid 2020 Bid

Spain "brought itself into line with international guidelines" when its parliament approved a new anti-doping law on Thursday, saying that it "would boost Madrid's chances of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games," according to Edgar Aribau of REUTERS. The ''law for the protection of athletes' health and t ...

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