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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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03/06/14
IPC: Games Will Break Viewing Records

The Int'l Paralympic Committee announced that the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games are set to break all viewing records, exceeding the cumulative global audience of 1.6 billion that tuned into watch the 2010 Vancouver Games. The IPC has confirmed that TV pictures will be broadcast to more than 55 ...

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03/04/14
U.K. Ministers To Boycott Paralympics

British PM David Cameron has announced that British government ministers "will be boycotting" the Sochi Paralympics, which open on Friday, "in the wake of the ongoing international crisis in Ukraine," according to Adam Withnall of the London INDEPENDENT. Writing on his official Twitter account, the ...

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03/04/14
Poll: Russians Praise Sochi Organization

The "overwhelming majority" of Russians stated that "they were pleased with how the Sochi Olympics were organized," according to R-SPORT. A poll was conducted by the state All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center on the last two days of the Feb. 7-23 Games, questioning 1,600 people from 130 cities ...

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02/28/14
Foundation Pays $753K In Bonuses

The members of Germany's Sochi Winter Olympics team have received a total of €548,500 ($753,000) in bonuses from the Deutsche Sporthilfe foundation, according to the SID. The German team won a total of 19 medals including eight Gold, six Silver and five Bronze at the Sochi Games. In comparison ...

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02/28/14
Olympic Notes

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday "handed out the keys to a fleet of Mercedes for the country's Olympic medalists at the Sochi Winter Games." Russia finished at the top of the medal table with 13 Golds, 11 Silver and nine Bronze for a "historically high total of 33." Medvedev congratulated 44 m ...

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02/28/14
Russia Sees No Wrong In Inhaling Xenon

A top Russian official said that the use of the gas xenon to improve the performance of athletes "is not banned and there would be 'nothing wrong' if Russian athletes were using it," according to the AFP. Germany’s WDR television this week and other reports this month "claimed that top Russian ...

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02/27/14
London Aquatics Centre Opens To Public

For the first time since the Olympics and Paralympics, the London Aquatics Centre "will open its doors to the public," for as little as £3.50 ($5.80) per session, with the London Legacy Development Corp. describing this Saturday's venue relaunch "as a key moment in the aftermath of the Games," ...

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02/27/14
HK Sports Officials To Stand Down

Three aging Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee VPs will be replaced next month "amid criticism of its domination by a small cadre who have power over the selection of athletes for the Olympics, Asian Games and other multi-sport events," according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORN ...

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02/25/14
Rio Now On The Clock For '16 Games

With the Sochi Games concluding Sunday, the Olympic spotlight is "now turning from Eastern Europe to South America" and the 2016 Rio Games, according to NBC's Natalie Morales. NBC's Bill Neely reports shifting from Sochi to Rio "could hardly be more different than this." Rio is the first South Amer ...

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02/25/14
Team GB Set To Receive Funding Boost

UK Sport said that it "expects to increase funding for winter sports" following Great Britain's record-equaling Winter Olympic performance in Sochi, according to Nick Hope of the BBC. Team GB won four medals in Sochi, which "matched their total from the inaugural Winter Olympics in 1924 in France." ...

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