Leaders from around the world will gather in PyeongChang, South Korea on Wednesday for the Global Development Summit "to tackle challenges faced by those" with intellectual disabilities, according to Moon Gwang-lip of the KOREA JOONGANG DAILY. Marking the "first time such an event will be held alongside the Special Olympics," it will "bring together roughly 300 leaders in politics, sports, business and civic community." British PM Tony Blair's wife Cherie Blair, who is the founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, "will moderate one of the discussions." Panelists for her session will include former NBAer Yao Ming and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke (KOREA JOONGANG DAILY, 1/30).
On Feb. 7, Russia will celebrate one year to go until the start of the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. To mark the occasion, clocks counting down the days to the first Russian Olympic Winter Games will be unveiled in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Pyatigorsk and Khabarovsk (Sochi 2014). ... From Friday through Sunday, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee will hold three int'l test events at Olympic venues in the Mountain and Coastal Clusters. In addition to the FIS Cross-Country Skiing World Cup, Sochi will be welcoming both participants and spectators to the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup and a stage of the Samsung ISU Short Track World Cup (Sochi 2014). ... London’s West End theaters "brought in record revenues last year, even though they staged fewer performances than normal during the Olympic Games." Sales were up by 0.27% on '11, to £529M ($833M), while attendance also rose slightly to 13 million (FINANCIAL TIMES, 1/29).