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Olympic Council Of Ireland VP John Delaney Announces He Is Stepping Down

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 27 / 16

John Delaney has told the Olympic Council of Ireland that he is "stepping down" from his role as OCI VP, according to RTE. Delaney's decision to step down from the OCI comes on the back of a "turbulent summer" for the organization which saw its President Pat Hickey arrested by Brazilian police ...

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Panasonic Partners With 2016 Rio Olympics

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Rome 2024 Faces Call For Referendum

The "small, left-wing movement Radicali Italiani" is calling for a public referendum on Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics, according to the AP. The group said, "We believe that such an important decision for the future of the capital must be made by the citizens, and that's why we're asking Premier ( ...

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Rio Stadium Fires 75% Of Workers

Administrators of Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã stadium have fired 75% "of the arena's staff eight months before the 2016 Olympics," according to the AP. The consortium formed by construction company Odebrecht and entertainment group AEG said in a statement on Monday that "40 people were laid off ...

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Japan To Boost Cyberattack Drills

Japanese government sources on Saturday said that it "plans to increase the number and scale of exercises aimed at countering cyberattacks during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," according to the JAPAN TIMES. The drills, held about six times a year and involving ministry and agency officials, "will be incr ...

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Rio Utilities Cut Power At Olympic Venue

Rio de Janeiro's Nilton Santos stadium -- one of the showpiece venues for next year's Olympic Games -- "is currently without running water and electricity due to unpaid bills," according to Michael Place of XINHUA. The stadium has racked up about $225,000 "in outstanding utility bills in the past tw ...

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Bach: Reform More Needed Than Ever

IOC President Thomas Bach said that corruption and doping scandals that "have cast a shadow over the world of sport this year make the need for change more urgent than ever," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. In a New Year's message published on the IOC website, Bach "looked forward to the 2016 ...

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Olympic Notes

Organizers claimed construction work at Rio de Janeiro's Barra Olympic Park, the main venue cluster for next year's Olympic Games, "is 95 percent complete." The complex "will comprise nine venues that will host 16 Olympic and nine Paralympic events, in addition to the main press center and internati ...

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Parque Radical Opens In Rio

Last week the Zona Oeste (West Zone) in Rio "inaugurated the Parque Radical at the Deodoro Sports Complex, which was opened to the public on Wednesday," according to Jay Forte of the RIO TIMES. With 500,000 square meters, the Olympic venue and park "has become the second largest leisure area of ​​th ...

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BOJ: Tokyo Olympics To Boost Japan GDP

The Bank of Japan said that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games "will likely boost Japan's economy by 0.2-0.3 of a percentage point on average each year until 2018, offsetting some of the pain from another sales tax hike planned in 2017," according to Leika Kihara of REUTERS. The estimate by the central ba ...

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Tokyo 2020 Creating Headache For PM Abe

Japan PM Shinzo Abe's hopes of using the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to boost the int'l prestige of his country -- and his leadership -- "are only causing him Olympian-sized headaches," according to Kirk Spitzer of USA TODAY. This week, Abe announced that Japan "selected a new traditiona ...

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