Indian Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said in a press conference on Thursday that the Indian government has no intentions "to interfere with the Indian Olympic Association proceedings," according to the TIMES OF INDIA. India has pried open the door that will allow it to re-enter the Olympic movement "from which it was banished last December" (TIMES OF INDIA, 5/16). The HINDUSTAN TIMES wrote the sports minister said that the government will ensure free and fair elections to the IOA, "and it has no intention to interfere in the internal matter of the National Sports Federation." Singh: "Transparency and accountability is very important" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 516).
Mayor Boris Johnson Thursday claimed that "the legacy of the Olympic Park had been secured as he announced a deal" to take the £300M ($459M) media centre off taxpayers’ hands, according to Matthew Beard of the London EVENING STANDARD. The former Olympic broadcast studio, which was home to 20,000 members of the media during the Games, "will be converted into one of Europe’s largest data storage facilities." Using the high-capacity digital connections installed for Olympic broadcasters, data specialist Infinity "will store information for large corporations on servers at the Hackney site." A 200-year lease was "signed between the Mayor’s Olympic legacy agency and iCITY," a consortium of Infinity and property developers Delancey, which also owns half of the Olympic Village. A workforce of 2,000 builders is due to begin the £100M ($153M) overhaul of the studios next year. Other "confirmed tenants are Loughborough University, Hackney Community College and BT Sport, which will broadcast live Premier League games from its new studios from August" (EVENING STANDARD, 5/16).
Medals for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi will be unveiled at this month's gathering of top sports and Olympic officials. The medals will presented at the IOC's Exec Board meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia on May 30 (REUTERS, 5/16). ... Russia's foreign ministry's ambassador-at-large Valery Kuzmin said Thursday that Russia is "willing to cooperate with foreign special services to ensure safety of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Kuzmin said that "Russia was 'open to such cooperation' with special services on security at the upcoming 2014 Sochi games" (XINHUA, 5/16).