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Former London Mayor Offers Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike Advice Ahead Of Tokyo 2020

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 24 / 17

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who was the mayor of London when the city hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics, advised Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Friday to "shrug off criticism during the 2020 Games preparation period," saying that "everything will work out in the end," according to Elaine Lie...

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Brazil Extends Emergency Loan To Rio

Brazil's government authorized an emergency transfer of R$2.9B ($850M) on Tuesday "for the cash-strapped state of Rio de Janeiro to help pay for infrastructure projects and security for the Olympic Games in August," according to Paraguassú & Ayres of REUTERS. The government's officia ...

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Russians, Kenyans Will Face Evaluations

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Calgary To Explore 2026 Olympic Bid

Twenty-eight years after "Olympic fever gripped the city," councilors agreed to spend up to C$5M ($4M) to "explore a bid to bring the Winter Games back to Calgary" in '26, according to Annalise Klingbeil of the CALGARY HERALD. On Monday, Calgary city council "accepted a recommendation from the Calga ...

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Australia Wants More Rio Safety Upgrades

Australian Olympic chiefs have requested that Rio Games organizers "improve security after a paralympian and her physiotherapist were robbed at gunpoint," according to Matt Cotton of the LONDON TIMES. The Australian Paralympic Committee said that sailor and wheelchair basketball player Liesl Te ...

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WADA Calling For 'Serious' Action

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) execs said on Monday that they would call for “serious” action against Russia before the Rio Olympics in August "if a new investigation next month shows evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping," according to Adrian Warner of REUTERS. The Russian team ...

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Olympic Notes

Anti-establishment candidate Virginia Raggi has been elected the first female mayor of Rome  "in a blow for the city's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games." The 37-year-old has "repeatedly outlined her opposition to the Olympic and Paralympic bid, and, at the very least ...

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Brazil Planning Emergency Fund For Rio

A Brazilian government official said that the country plans to transfer R$2.9B ($849M) "in emergency funds to the state of Rio de Janeiro to pay for infrastructure and security during the Olympic Games," according to Alonso Soto of REUTERS. A day earlier the governor of Rio "declared a state of ...

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Rio Athletes' Village Unveiled

Despite financial and organizational problems "that have delayed other construction projects for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the largest athletes' village in the long history of the Games was unveiled in the city on Wednesday," according to Ian Rodricks of REUTERS. The village "will host more than ...

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Star India Offering Dedicated Rio Coverage

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WADA Releases Update On Russia

The World Anti-Doping Agency "appeared to hammer another nail into the coffin of Russian track and field athletes’ hopes of competing in the Olympics on Wednesday by detailing numerous violations of its rules when it tried to take samples in the country" -- including its testers being obstruct ...

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