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Olympic Re-Tests Raise Added Concerns Over Russian Doping

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 09 / 16

Positive re-tests of doping samples from the '08 and '12 Olympics have left IOC President Thomas Bach with "real concerns about Russia, as well as the sport of weightlifting," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. About 100 Russian athletes were banned from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games ...

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01/04/16
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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01/04/16
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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12/31/15
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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12/31/15
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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12/30/15
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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12/29/15
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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12/28/15
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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12/28/15
Rome 2024 Announces Football Venues

Eleven cities across Italy "would host football matches as part of Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics," according to the AP. Among the "venues selected on Wednesday for the men's and women's tournaments" are the San Siro in Milan, Juventus' home ground in Turin, and the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. M ...

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12/28/15
Olympic Notes

A total of 66,000 local personnel "will receive professional training to meet the need of co-hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Chongli." Liu Xiaoma, an official of Hebei provincial sports bureau, said, "The 66,000 people, who are involved in all Winter Olympics-related work such as games managemen ...

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12/23/15
Japan Picks Tokyo 2020 Stadium Design

After scrapping the first design in July, the Japanese government Tuesday "picked a less-costly and greenery-rich plan by architect Kengo Kuma for the new National Stadium that will serve as the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," according to Shusuke Murai of the JAPAN TIMES. The winning propo ...

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