The IOC said that there "will be no ban on journalists taking photographs or using social media" at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, according to R-SPORT. A Russian media report on Monday "falsely attributed statements about supposed restrictions for reporters" to R-Sport Editor Vasily Konov, and the report "was cited by numerous Russian and US media outlets." The IOC said in a statement, “As during the London 2012 Games, accredited media at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games are free to use social media platforms or websites for reporting purposes in line with the social media guidelines for accredited persons. There have been no rule changes from London and the media will be able to report from the Games venues in Sochi, including by social media, in the same way” (R-SPORT, 11/12).
Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias believes that Munich declining to bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics will "open doors" for Barcelona bidding to host the event in '26. Trias: "If Beijing hosts the 2022 Olympics, it will be good for us to bid to host in '26" (EL PERIODICO, 11/12). ... Authorities in Sochi "are embroiled in a battle with an unexpected vice: the theft of manhole covers by metal scavengers." Some 800 manhole covers "were stolen in the last couple of weeks, city officials said, most of them sold as scrap metal to any one of 20 recycling companies." Each day, 30 to 50 manhole covers "are stolen, forcing the city to spend money on new ones" (MOSCOW NEWS, 11/12). ... U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland said that Georgia "seeks to take constructive steps in its relations with Russia." Norland said that the issue of Georgia's participation at the 2014 Sochi Olympics ''will be resolved later." Norland: "When coming to the issue of Georgia's participation at the Sochi Olympics, the decision about this will be made later, nearer to holding the games. Georgia's feelings are clear. However, in terms of regional security interests, the country seeks to take constructive steps" (TREND, 11/12).