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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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U.K. Sees Rise In Sport Participation

Councils are reporting "a big rise" in people taking part in obscure London 2012 Olympic sports like beach volleyball, handball and BMX racing, according to Christopher Hope of the London TELEGRAPH. The Local Government Association discovered that three-quarters of councils had seen "an increase in ...

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03/11/13
Olympic Notes

Seven of Turkey's leading conglomerates "have pledged to contribute to the bid" to bring the 2020 Summer Olympics to Istanbul, with sponsorship deals worth $3.2M. The list of sponsors includes Turkish Airlines, Koç Holding, Ülker, Doğuş Group, Digiturk, Sabancı Holding and Turkcell ( TO ...

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03/08/13
IOC Concludes 'Impressive' Tokyo Tour

The IOC's Evaluation Commission called Tokyo's effort in the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics "very impressive," as it wrapped up a four-day inspection of the Japanese capital on Thursday, according to Dave Hueston of KYODO. IOC Evaluation Commission Chair Craig Reedie said, "Our role is to make ...

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03/08/13
No Extraordinary Security For Sochi

Russian Federal Security Service Deputy Chief and National Antiterrorism Committee head Vladimir Kuleshov said that there will be no "extraordinary" security measures at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, according to R-SPORT. Some athletes have complained about excessive policing during test even ...

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03/08/13
GOE Official Received $300,000 Bonus

A key government official behind the Olympic Games "was handed a bonus" of around £200,000 ($301,000) last year, according to the London TELEGRAPH. Government Olympic Executive Dir General Jeremy Beeton was given the payment on top of his £230,000 ($346,500) salary. The reward was disclo ...

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03/07/13
Japan Wrestling Chief Hopeful For Sport

Japan Wrestling Federation President Tomiaki Fukuda met with IOC inspectors Wednesday evaluating Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Summer Games, "but held back from criticising them for the possible exclusion of his sport," according to the AFP. Fukuda was among those "who expressed outrage after the I ...

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03/07/13
Sochi Faces Construction Cost Inflation

The state-run construction company set up to build most of the facilities for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics "has been accused by Russian auditors of unjustified cost inflations" of up to $506M, according to R-SPORT. A chamber report circulated in the upper house of parliament Wednesday read, " ...

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03/07/13
Aussie Swim Scandal Hits Olympics Funds

The Australian Crime Commission's report on doping may have tarnished Australian sport's int'l reputation, but Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates believes that swimming's Stilnox scandal "will have a greater impact on his organisation's ability to raise sponsorship to support the 201 ...

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03/07/13
Leyton Orient Fights For Olympic Stadium

League One side Leyton Orient "applied to the High Court for a judicial review into" EPL West Ham’s "proposed move into the Olympic Stadium," according to Giuseppe Muro of the London EVENING STANDARD. West Ham’s long wait to secure the venue has reportedly moved closer following talks wi ...

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03/07/13
BBC Management Accepted Free Tickets

Nine BBC senior managers "accepted the offer of free tickets and hospitality to the London Games," according to John Plunkett of the London GUARDIAN. Two employees -- former BBC Dir General Mark Thompson and News Group Dir of Operations Dominic Coles -- attended "both the opening and closing ceremon ...

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