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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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Coe Set To Become Next BOA Chair

Former LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe "will become the next chairman of the British Olympic Association at a vote next month after his only rival pulled out of the running," according to Ashling O'Connor of the LONDON TIMES. Great Britain Hockey President Richard Leman "withdrew his candidacy turning the ...

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10/17/12
Australia Chief Focuses On Anti-Doping

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates wants the country's anti-doping body "to be given sweeping powers to force witnesses to give evidence in its fight against drug use in sport," according to Alastair Himmer of REUTERS. Coates said, "The government should again consider strengthening ...

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10/17/12
IOC Asks Armstrong To 'Come Clean'

IOC VP Thomas Bach said that Lance Armstrong should "come clean with a full doping confession" and added that the IOC will "look into ways of taking away Armstrong's 2000 Sydney Games medal," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Bach said, "This case is now with the UCI [Int'l Cycling Union], w ...

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10/17/12
ISF, IBF Merge To Form One Federation

The Int'l Baseball Federation and the Int'l Softball Federation have come to a memorandum of understanding to "create a united front to ramp up their campaign for the sport and to reaffront the campaign" to get back on the 2020 Games Olympic program, according to Laura Walden of SPORTSFEATURES.com. ...

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10/16/12
U.K.'s Radcliffe Loses Lottery Funding

English distance runner Paula Radcliffe has "had her funding withdrawn by U.K. Athletics" after missing the London Games and last year's World Championships because of injury, according to Mike Collett of REUTERS. The 38-year-old marathon world-record holder was removed from the board's National Lot ...

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10/16/12
U.K. Invests $27M In College Sports

U.K. Culture Secretary Maria Miller will "attempt to quell growing concerns over the delivery of the promised Olympic legacy" by announcing a £17M ($27.3M) investment in "college sport makers" to help students get involved in sports, according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. The grassro ...

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10/12/12
IOC Looks For Partner

The IOC announced on Thursday that it is requesting proposals for an Olympic broadcast and digital media venture it hopes to develop next year. The organization’s agreement with pan-European broadcast network Eurosport to produce a monthly half-hour show called “The Olympic Mag ...

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10/12/12
Sochi Games Taking Shape

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10/11/12
Munich Mayor Rejects Citizens Initiative

Munich Mayor Christian Ude "rejected the idea of a city council member to let a citizens initiative decide a possible bid by Munich for the 2022 Winter Olympics," according to the SID. Ude clarified that there is "an agreement between all partners of a Munich Olympic bid" that says a further Munich ...

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10/10/12
Olympics Slow Top London Tourist Spots

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