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Brazil Authorities Prepare Citizens For Potential Terror Threat During Olympics

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 29 / 16

Brazilians' relaxed attitude to external threats "is alarming the country’s authorities, who are concerned that this year’s Olympic Games could attract not only the world’s leading athletes to Rio de Janeiro but its terrorists too," according to Joe Leahy of the FINANCIAL TIMES.&nb...

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03/12/14
IPC Chief: Sochi Exceeding Expectations

Int'l Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven said on Tuesday that the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games "are on track to becoming the most successful ever," according to Ossian Shine of REUTERS. Craven said, "The Games are exceeding all expectations in every single area." The IPC said that more t ...

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03/11/14
Poor Conditions Slow Paralympics Skiing

Conditions at the Sochi Winter Paralympics "have caused havoc with more than half of the skiers who raced in the Super-G event on the second day of competition," according to Stathi Paxinos of THE AGE. The courses at Rosa Khutor "have been heavily criticised" at both the Olympics and Paralympics but ...

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03/10/14
Sochi Paralympics Break Ticket Records

The 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games have already broken records for ticket sales and online visitors. As of Sunday, Sochi has sold 287,000 tickets, beating the previous record set at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics by 57,000 sales. As of Saturday, 45,000 people visited the Olympic Park and more th ...

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03/09/14
Ukrainians Stage Protest At Paralympics

Ukrainian Winter Paralympians "have staged a symbolic protest at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games, with all but one athlete boycotting the athletes' parade in protest at Russia's incursion into Crimea," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. The Games "opened with a spectacular cere ...

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03/07/14
Ukraine Undecided On Paralympics Boycott

Int'l Paralympic Committee spokesperson Craig Spence said on Thursday that Ukraine "remains undecided over whether to boycott the Sochi Paralympics less than 48 hours before the Games begin." Spence said IPC President Philip Craven had held "a very long and productive meeting" Wednesday night with o ...

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03/07/14
Heat Won't Affect Sochi Paralympics

As temperatures in Sochi continue to rise, organizers made assurances Thursday that "there will be no problem with the snow at the Winter Paralympic Games that start Friday," according to R-SPORT. At the Krasnaya Polyana village where the alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and biathlon competitions ...

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03/07/14
Olympic Notes

Russian national hockey team coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov "is leaving his job after the home team's disappointing quarterfinals exit at the Sochi Olympics." The Int'l Ice Hockey Federation said that Russia "is looking for a new coach before the world championship in May in Belarus" ( AP, 3/5 ). .. ...

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03/06/14
IPC: Games Will Break Viewing Records

The Int'l Paralympic Committee announced that the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games are set to break all viewing records, exceeding the cumulative global audience of 1.6 billion that tuned into watch the 2010 Vancouver Games. The IPC has confirmed that TV pictures will be broadcast to more than 55 ...

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03/04/14
U.K. Ministers To Boycott Paralympics

British PM David Cameron has announced that British government ministers "will be boycotting" the Sochi Paralympics, which open on Friday, "in the wake of the ongoing international crisis in Ukraine," according to Adam Withnall of the London INDEPENDENT. Writing on his official Twitter account, the ...

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03/04/14
Poll: Russians Praise Sochi Organization

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