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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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04/23/13
Boston Attack Raises Questions In Sochi

The involvement of ethnic Chechens in the Boston Marathon bombing "has drawn security to the forefront of public concern in Russia, particularly with regards to the nation’s upcoming sports competitions," according to Kristen Blyth of the MOSCOW NEWS. Russia will play host to three major sport ...

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04/19/13
Russia Bans Illegal Building In Sochi

The Russian government "imposed a ban on all new building in Sochi to fight the illegal construction of apartments and hotels" in the city preparing to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to the MOSCOW TIMES. Governor Alexander Tkachyov said that "the ban was necessary because more than 800 bui ...

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04/19/13
Olympic Notes

In five months, the IOC will decide whether Madrid, Istanbul or Tokyo will be the host of the 2020 Olympic Games. One source of support for Madrid's bid to host the Games is coming from Argentina. Buenos Aires football club Deportivo Español has decided to promote the effort on its jerseys, w ...

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04/18/13
Barcelona, IOC Partner For Youth Cup

FC Barcelona President Sandro Rosell and IOC President Jacques Rogge Wednesday signed an agreement between the two organizations that will help create the Olympafrica FutbolNet Cup, a series of football tournaments for 12- to 15-year-old children in 23 African countries, according to MUNDO DEPORTIVO ...

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04/18/13
H&M To Clothe Swedish Olympians

Fashion firm H&M will clothe Sweden's Olympic teams during the Winter and Summer Games, "bringing a global audience for a growing line of sportswear from a company best known for budget frocks and style accessories," according to Anna Ringstrom of REUTERS. H&M plans to expand its sports ...

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04/18/13
Tokyo 2020 CEO Vows 'Safe' Games

Tokyo 2020 CEO Masato Mizuno vowed Tuesday to ensure safety if the city wins the 2020 Summer Games, "as the sporting world reeled from twin blasts at the Boston Marathon," according to the AFP. Mizuno: "First of all, Tokyo is one of the safest cities in the world. We'll do our best to prevent ...

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04/17/13
Istanbul's 2020 Media-Friendly Porposals

A delegation of Istanbul 2020 Olympic media experts demonstrated the bid committee’s plans for welcoming the world’s media to Turkey with a presentation to leading int'l sports journalists at the 76th Association Internationale de la Press Sportive Congress in Sochi, Russia. Th ...

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04/17/13
Olympic Notes

The final opportunity to bid on memorabilia from the 2012 London Olympics will take place on April 27-28 at the City of Coventry Stadium in the U.K. Included are four Olympic torches, a Team GB cycling jersey signed by 11 Gold Medalists, and a complete Mary Poppins costume from the Opening Ceremony. ...

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04/15/13
Baseball, Softball Team Up

The heads of the Int'l Baseball Federation and the Int'l Softball Federation said Sunday that they have merged to form the World Baseball Softball Confederation "in a bid to win back their spot on the Olympic program," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The WBSC "will camp ...

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04/15/13
Olympic Notes

India Sports Secretary P. K. Deb said on Saturday that India's government "wants an agreement with the Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federations on the contentious Sports Code" before having a joint meeting with the IOC next month ( PTI, 4/13 ). ... Egyptian Minister of ...

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