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Australian Sports Lottery Under Threat As State Ministers Express Concerns

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 21 / 17

A A$100M ($79.3M) plan to "fast-track a national sports lottery" to support the Australian Olympic team in Tokyo is "under threat, as state governments say they need more time for consultation," according to Samantha Hutchinson of THE AUSTRALIAN. Australian Federal Sports Minister Greg Hunt "could n...

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Athletes Divided Over Khan Appointment

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Olympic Torch Lit At Ancient Greek Site

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Russia Announces Anti-Doping Reforms

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UCI Rejects HK's Rio Qualification Plans

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Bach Predicts Spectacular Rio Games

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Olympic Notes

A little more than three months ahead of the Rio Olympics, FINA President Julio Maglione "harshly criticized the conditions for the swimmers ." He said that swimmers will face several problems, "including lower-capacity venues during the Games and a lack of retractable roofs or air conditioning." ...

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Rio Projects Under Investigation

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Organizers Launch Accessibility Program

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