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Almaty Narrowing Gap On Beijing Ahead Of Friday's Vote On Host Of 2022 Olympics

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 29 / 15

Beijing and Almaty on Monday "embarked on a frantic final lobbying campaign for the 2022 Winter Olympics ahead of a decision this week on the winner," according to the AFP. High level delegations from China and Kazakhstan are in Kuala Lumpur, where the IOC will hold a "secret ballot" on Friday to de...

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Olympic Notes

A Japan government white paper said that the country "vowed to make every effort to create a barrier-free environment" for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The white paper on disabled people said that, for graying Japan, which will "become a superaging society, aiming for a more symbiotic co ...

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Hamburg To Spend Up To $17M On Bid

Hamburg, Germany will spend a maximum of €15M ($17M) for its 2024 Olympics bid, according to the SID. Hamburg Interior Senator Michael Neumann "made the announcement on Tuesday." The majority of the €50M ($56M) bid budget "will come from the federal government, which has already guaranteed ...

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Turmoil In Tokyo As Stadium Cost Soars

Tokyo’s planned national stadium "has been likened to a giant turtle, a cycling helmet and a doomed wartime battleship," according to Richard Lloyd Parry of the LONDON TIMES. It "is also the focus of a bitter row between Japanese politicians, architects and citizens as construction cost esti ...

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ANA, JAL Partner With Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. and Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. as the first Tokyo 2020 official partners, the second domestic tier of the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship Programme. The two companies have been jointly attributed the category "passenger air transportati ...

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Federations Submit Tokyo 2020 Applications

The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee received applications from 26 IOC-recognized Int'l Federations proposing events to be considered for inclusion at the Tokyo 2020 games. The applicant IFs were revealed at a press conference following a Tokyo 2020 Exec Board meeting. The Tokyo 2020 Additional Event ...

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Baseball, Softball Apply For Tokyo 2020 Inclusion; Tibetans Prote ...

Baseball and softball officially applied for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday as they "look to earn back their spot in the Games they lost" after '08, according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The two sports, united under the World Baseball Softball Confederation to "boost their ...

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Baku 2015 Ready For European Games

The European Games, the first major multi-sports event of the continent, is "set to kick off in Azerbaijan's Baku on Friday," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The Azeri capital "has pulled out all the stops as it looks to establish itself as a viable option for international sports events." ...

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Almaty Impresses In 2022 Bid Presentation

The race for the 2022 Winter Olympics "may not be as one-sided as many had thought," according to Stephen Wilson of the AP. With Beijing long viewed as the favorite in the two-city contest, the Kazakh bid from Almaty "made a strong showing" with IOC members Tuesday, presenting itself as the ca ...

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IOC Concerned About Rio Water Pollution

IOC President Thomas Bach said that the IOC "is still concerned about the water pollution in Rio de Janeiro barely one year before it hosts the Olympic Games," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. Rio de Janeiro "had originally pledged to reduce pollution in the notoriously fetid Guanabara Bay" b ...

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IOC Adds Four Events For '18 Olympics

Four new events in curling, speed skating, downhill skiing and snowboarding "have been added to the programme for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The Games "will feature curling mixed doubles, speed skating mass start, big air snowboarding and a team ...

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