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Former South Korean Commerce Minister Lee Hee-Beom Named Head Of POCOG

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 05 / 04 / 16

Former South Korean Commerce Minister Lee Hee-beom was appointed the new head of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) on Tuesday, replacing Cho Yang-ho, who "abruptly resigned from the post earlier the same day," according to Baek Byung...

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Baku 2015, Azerbaijan Airlines Partner

The Baku 2015 European Games announced on Wednesday that Azerbaijan Airlines signed an agreement to act as an official partner. The deal will see the airline carry Baku 2015 branding and also be featured on the airline's in-flight movies and magazines to help increase awareness of the European Games ...

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Official Says Russian GP Will Go Ahead

A senior government official in Moscow insisted that the inaugural Russian Grand Prix "will go ahead despite warnings from Nato that a ceasefire with the Ukraine has not held," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. With just three weeks to the first grand prix on Russian soil, F1 "is wonderi ...

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Future Of Rio Olympic Golf Course Unclear

The future of the golf course under construction for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in '16 was unclear after the city of Rio and the course developer -- both defendants in a lawsuit -- "failed to agree to changes proposed by a Brazilian court," according to the AP. Rio judge Eduardo Klausner said that ...

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Bach: Hosts Must Prove Sustainability

IOC President Thomas Bach on Saturday said future Games hosts would have to prove their “sustainability” and that there would be a shake-up of the bidding criteria," according to the AFP. The German official said the IOC has to “act now” to preserve its "relevance," suggestin ...

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Olympic Notes

In a "major embarrassment for India," the Olympic Council of Asia fined the Indian Olympic Association $10,000 for withdrawing two teams at the eleventh hour, after having confirmed their entry in the 17th Asian Games at Incheon. The fine "is a fall-out of the tug-of-war between the IOA and the Cent ...

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OCA: Middle East Ready To Host Olympics

"I think even if we host a birthday party there would be such a reaction. That is the tradition of the media." -- OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, predicting protests if a Middle East country were to host the Olympics. Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad ...

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S. Korea To Support N. Korean Delegation

An official said that the South Korean government "is in internal discussions on the amount of financial support for North Korean athletes participating in the Incheon Asian Games," according to YONHAP. The North "has sent a 273-member delegation to the games to open in the South's western port city ...

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Indian Ministry Slams IOA For Funding

Livid with the Indian Olympic Association for sponsoring the Asian Games "junket" of sports federation officials, the Indian Sports Ministry has said that "the IOA could have better spent the money in ensuring 'good governance' and 'transparency,'" according to the PTI. On Sept. 9, the IOA "had writ ...

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Rio Games Organizers Unveil Ticket Prices

Rio Games organizers "have unveiled ticket pricing aimed at making attendance 'as affordable as possible,' with entry to the 100m final costing just half of what it did at London 2012," according to the AFP. Athletics fans wanting to see Usain Bolt target a third straight 100m and 200m golden double ...

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IPC Says No Decision Yet On Pistorius

Int'l Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven "has claimed its stance on whether Oscar Pistorius, 27, would be free to compete again has been 'misinterpreted,'" according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Craven said that "he had been watching the Pistorius trial unfold over the past 18 mo ...

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