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Swimming Australia To Announce Significant Reforms Following Post-Rio Assessment

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 23 / 17

Swimming Australia is "on the verge of announcing a series of reforms to the way it approaches major events after completing its review of a mixed-bag performance at the Rio Olympic Games," according to Phil Lutton of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Everything was "put on the table in the wash-up from Br...

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BOA Planning U.S.-Style Trial Event

One of the "biggest shake-ups" ever seen in British Olympic sport "is being planned that would see an American-style trials event introduced for athletes to qualify for future Games," according to Martyn Ziegler of the LONDON TIMES. The British Olympic Association’s blueprint would mirror the ...

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Gabby Douglas Leads Citi's Rio Effort

Citi has signed several of the "best-known U.S. Olympians" to lead its marketing campaign for the Rio Games, including beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings, gymnast Gabby Douglas and sprinter Allyson Felix. Citi, the official bank of the USOC, identified its full eight-athlete roster in a Yo ...

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NOS Extends Dutch Olympic TV Rights

Dutch broadcaster NOS will continue to air the Olympics through '20 after "reaching a deal Monday to sub-license the rights in the Netherlands from Discovery Communications," according to the AP. Discovery, which owns Eurosport and holds the European rights through '24, said that "the deal covers th ...

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China President Orders Clean Winter Games

China President Xi Jinping said China must hold a Winter Olympics that is "clean as the snow" when it hosts the event in '22, after two corruption scandals involving Chinese officials linked to the Games, according to Zhou & Blanchard of REUTERS. Beijing, along with the nearby city of Zhangjiako ...

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Negotiator: Kuwait Ban Is Unfair

Kuwait's chief negotiator said that a ban imposed on the country by the IOC last year over what it says is government interference in the autonomy of sport "is unfair," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The two sides "had talks in January that included the United Nations, to try to resolve t ...

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Olympic Notes

World Sailing said that "it is satisfied with preparations for this year's Olympic regattas at Rio's Guanabara Bay ." A delegation of World Sailing officials completed a four-day visit to the city, "where it received assurances that water quality would pose no threat to athletes." The delegation ...

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Australian Athletes Told To Behave

Australian Olympic Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller has "singled out Tennis Australia when reiterating her tough-line stance towards misbehaving athletes," according to the AAP. Chiller said that she will "send any troublesome athletes or officials home regardless of their sport, which should come as a ...

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Brazil Passes Key Anti-Doping Legislation

Brazil passed "key anti-doping legislation on Thursday that avoided the embarrassing possibility of the country being in breach of the rules at its own Olympic Games," according to Pedro Fonseca of REUTERS. The legislation was "officially confirmed in the government's official gazette, one day befor ...

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PyeongChang Prep 'On Track'

The IOC on Wednesday said that PyeongChang is "on track" to host a successful Winter Games in '18 following a run of test events that were "well received by athletes and officials alike," according to Yoo Jee-ho of YONHAP. The IOC's Coordination Commission for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics "w ...

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POCOG Partners With Lotte Group

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games signed an official domestic sponsorship agreement with Lotte Group. As an official domestic sponsor for PyeongChang 2018, Lotte Group will be able to exercise various marketing rights in Korea -- use of the Games d ...

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