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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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03/28/13
NOC's To Receive Enhanced Funding

Delegates from 23 Southeast and East Asian countries were given a "detailed step by step tour of the four-year plan which envisages enhanced funding" for National Olympic Committees to raise the performance standard of their athletes by helping them train better, according to H. S. Manjunath of the ...

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03/27/13
WBC Boosts Sports' Bid For Olympics

Baseball and softball's campaign for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics received a boost from last week's World Baseball Classic. World Baseball Softball Confederation (IBAF) co-President Riccardo Fraccari said, “The success and expansion [from 16 to 28 national teams] of the World Baseball Classi ...

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03/27/13
Olympic Notes

Next year's Oscars "will be held a week later than originally planned to avoid clashing with the Winter Olympics in Russia." The '14 scheduling, March 2, "will push the world's most famous film awards ceremony from its usual late February slot into the following month" ( London GUARDIAN, 3/26 ). . ...

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03/26/13
Turkish Public Supports Olympic Bid

Istanbul chose a "Bridge Together" slogan for its 2020 Olympic bid on Monday, while an IOC poll "indicated strong public support for the city's fifth attempt to secure" the Games, according to the AP. The survey results, announced by Turkish Youth and Sports Minister Suat Kilic, found that 83% of Is ...

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03/26/13
Sochi To Store Snow For Winter Games

Organizers of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics "are worried a lack of white powder could become a problem next February," according to Gennady Fyodorov of REUTERS. Unseasonably warm temperatures this winter in Sochi "have forced local organizers to store some 450,000 cubic meters of snow in the nearby ...

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03/26/13
Olympics Notes

Frankfurt-based specialist logistics company Conceptum Sport Logistics has agreed to a multi-year contract with Latvia's National Olympic Committee. The contract hands Conceptum responsibility for all transportation and logistics for the teams under Latvia's NOC ( Conceptum ). ... In India, around 1 ...

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03/25/13
Palmer Says Golf Future Tied To Olympics

Seven-time major winner Arnold Palmer said that golf's future "lies in the growth" of the int'l game and a return to the Olympics, according to Steve Keating of REUTERS. After 112 years, golf will return to the Olympic program at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Palmer said, "As the Olympics cast thei ...

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03/25/13
London Athletic Clubs Struggling To Find Funds, Sponsors

The Olympic triumphs of Gold Medalists Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and other British stars "have inspired a new interest in athletics," according to Doward, Heap & Norton of the London GUARDIAN. Last year, "the number of athletes over the age of 11 affiliated to English clubs rose by almost 10,000, ...

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03/25/13
Olympics Notes

The IOC delegation started its four-day visit in Istanbul on Saturday "after paying visits to other candidate cities Tokyo and Madrid." The group "will make visits to the sports facilities in Istanbul, including the 76,000-seat Ataturk Olympic Stadium, and the 52,000-seat Seyrantepe Stadium" ( XINH ...

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03/22/13
Madrid's 2020 Bid Expects Good Review

Madrid 2020 Olympics bid President Alejandro Blanco said he "expects the Spanish capital will receive the highest technical score" when the IOC Evaluation Commission publishes its reports on all three candidate cities, according to the AFP. Madrid received a higher score than Tokyo and Istanbul afte ...

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