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Dyke Says FA Will Not Bid For FIFA Events As Long As Blatter Is In Power

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 23 / 14

Sepp Blatter’s power over FIFA is like that of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, according to FA Chair Greg Dyke, who has called on football’s int'l governing body to introduce fixed terms of office for FIFA’s top execs and said the FA will not bid to host FIFA tournaments as long...

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06/24/13
Studio Claims Cauldron Design Stolen

N.Y.-based design studio Atopia Co-Dir Jane Harrison said that "as gasps of awe and wonder echoed around the world" during the presentation of Thomas Heatherwick's Olympic cauldron last July, "there were gasps of a different kind" at Atopia's offices, according to Oliver Wainwright of the London GUA ...

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06/24/13
SASCOC Cuts Ties With ASA

South Africa's Olympic committee suspended the troubled national track federation on Sunday and said that athletes like Olympic 800m Silver Medalist Caster Semenya "would not be able to compete at the Olympics or Commonwealth Games until the problems were resolved," according to the AP. Th ...

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06/24/13
Madrid Olympic Festivities Draw 50,000

Madrid's bid for the 2020 Olympic Games "was given a resounding show of public support on Saturday night as 50,000 people took part in a range of sporting activities to highlight the city's desire to host the Games in eight years time," according to REUTERS. In keeping with the bid for the Games, a ...

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06/21/13
Russian Billionaire Wants Return On Sochi

Russian metals tycoon Oleg Deripaska "is calling on the government to help him make a return" on the $1.4B he is plowing into the Sochi 2014 Olympics, according to R-SPORT. Deripaska "is one of a clutch of oligarchs called upon to pay for Russia's first Winter Games" in a gargantuan, and world recor ...

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06/20/13
Sochi Committee Sues Official Lottery

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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
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06/19/13
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