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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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05/15/13
OCA Urges IOC Not To Meet With IOA

The Olympic Council of Asia has thrown its weight behind the Indian Olympic Association's disgruntled acting-President V.K. Malhotra and Secretary General Randhir Singh, according to the PTI. The OCA "has urged the IOC against meeting officials from the suspended IOA" during Wednesday's crucial join ...

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05/15/13
Olympic Notes

The Kazakhstan Sport & Physical Culture Agency announced the amounts of athlete's awards for winning medals at the Sochi Olympics on the official website of PM Serik Akhmetov. KSPCA Deputy Chair Yelsiyar Kanagatov said, "We suggest to leave the same remunerations we had for the London and Vancou ...

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05/14/13
Workers Unions Endorse Madrid 2020 Bid

Spain's General Union of Workers (UGT) and Workers' Commissions Union (CCOO) "are with Madrid 2020," according to José Félix Diaz of EL CONFIDENCIAL. Both parties made their support for the Olympic bid clear Monday morning at the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE)'s headquarters. UGT Secr ...

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05/14/13
Russia Waives Visa For Foreign Athletes

The Kremlin announced Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin "has signed a decree waiving the visa requirement for foreign athletes, coaches and other staff" attending int'l sports events in Russia, according to Ria Novosti of the MOSCOW NEWS. Athletes are to pour into Russia over the next fiv ...

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05/14/13
Olympic Notes

Amateur boxing could lose more than £10M ($15M) of its funding in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympics "due to an increasingly-bitter dispute" between the British Amateur Boxing Association and the Scottish Amateur Boxing Association ( BOX REC, 5/12 ). ... Top Indian Olympic Associ ...

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05/13/13
Cameron, Putin Renew Security Ties

British PM David Cameron said on Friday that "security services will renew cooperation with their Russian counterparts for the first time since London suspended such ties" after the '06 killing of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, according to the MOSCOW TIMES. In a move that suggests rel ...

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05/13/13
Olympic Notes

NHL representatives and int'l hockey and Olympic officials met in Stockholm "in a new round of talks aimed at securing an agreement for the league's participation in the Sochi Games." While no final deal was reached, "all sides indicated they expect the NHL will send players to the Olympics for a fi ...

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05/10/13
Indian Officials To Boycott IOC Meeting

A crucial meeting on India’s bid to return to the Olympic fold "was thrown into doubt Thursday when a senior Indian Olympic Association official objected to the IOC inviting a rival faction to the talks," according to C. Rajshekhar Rao of the AP. IOA acting President Vijay Kumar Malhotra, who ...

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05/10/13
Blanco Makes Case For Madrid 2020

Spain Olympic Committee (COE) President Alejandro Blanco spoke Thursday in Bogotá, Colombia, "where he said the Madrid 2020 bid 'is not a project, but an obsession,'" according to the EFE. Blanco, addressing a forum of the Colombian Olympic Committee, said, "First, it's a dream that becomes a ...

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05/10/13
U.K. Sees 31K Jobs Created By Olympics

Preliminary government figures revealed that more than 30,000 new jobs "were created last year on the back of the Olympics" as foreign investors poured more than £2.5B ($3.9B) into the U.K., according to Phillip Inman of the London GUARDIAN. British Trade & Investment Minister Stephen Keit ...

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