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China President Xi Jinping Promises Clean, Green 2022 Winter Games

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 20 / 17

China President Xi Jinping said that his country will "hold a clean and green Winter Olympics when it hosts the games in 2022, an event that will also help regional peace and stability," according to Ben Blanchard of REUTERS. Beijing and the nearby city of Zhangjiakou "won the right to host" th...

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Italian Authorities Defend 26 Athletes

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Tests Show Rio Water Badly Polluted

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Budapest Rejects Referendum On 2024 Bid

Budapest's city council on Wednesday "rejected a proposal for a referendum on its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, leaving the way clear for its candidacy to go ahead," according to Marton Dunai of REUTERS. Budapest is one of four candidate cities, along with L.A., Rome and Paris, "still bidding ...

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Olympic Bid Collapses After Referendum

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