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Volume 10 No. 23

Olympics

An online survey found out that the majority of Hamburg residents are "in favor of hosting Olympic Games," according to Erik Trümpler of the HAMBURGER MORGENPOST. The survey, which was conducted by mafo.de, asked 500 people in and around the city "about their opinion toward Olympic Games." A majority of 64.7% "is in favor of Hamburg submitting a bid to host the 2024 Summer Games." Hosting Olympic Games would be a "priceless image boost" for the city, according to 60.6% of those surveyed. A further close to 40% desired Hamburg "hosting a global event." Hamburg Sports Senator Michael Neumann said that the city "would be ready to submit an Olympic bid if the IOC overhauls its concept" (HAMBURGER MORGENPOST, 5/7).

A project to increase the number of women in key decision-making roles within the Paralympic movement launched on Thursday at the Austrian National Paralympic Committee's Women in Sport Leadership Summit in Vienna, Austria. The Agitos Foundation's WoMentoring Programme, which is dedicated toward helping the movement achieve its aim of 30% of women in leadership roles, will see 16 mentees and 16 mentors from 23 Int'l Paralympic Committee member organizations, amongst others, gather in Vienna from Thursday to Saturday. IPC Women in Sport Committee Chair Tine Rindum-Teilmann said, "Para-sport in particular is a rapidly growing area and we are determined to set the bar for female leadership high by launching the first WoMentoring kick-off event here in Vienna thanks to the Austrian Paralympic Committee, right near the start of the upward trend in growth." The mentors are experienced in a variety of sports organizations from both within and outside the Paralympic movement, including national Paralympic committees, int'l federations, int'l organizations of sports for the disabled and consultancies (IPC).

The New Zealand Olympic Committee "recorded an increased surplus in its latest annual report, but is bracing for a costly couple of years ahead," according to Simon Plumb of FAIRFAX MEDIA. It forecasts that "the cost of sending a team to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games" will be 30% greater than to London in '12. At its annual meeting in Auckland on Wednesday the NZOC "declared a net surplus for the year" of NZ$329,802 ($285,200), up from NZ$115,141 last year. However, the figure carried over to '14 is less than the NZOC had budgeted, which was described as "closer to" NZ$500,000. Contributing to the shortfall "was the NZOC's relocation from Wellington to Auckland" (FAIRFAX MEDIA, 5/8).

The Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games marked the 100-day countdown on Thursday "as preparation for the YOG has entered its final stretch." Nanjing 2014 Organizing Committee Chair Yang Weize: "Venue construction and renovation is coming to an end. At the 35 competition and training venues, all fixed facilities have been in place by April 30 and the temporary facilities will be completed before June 30. The Youth Olympic Village has been delivered for use at the end of April." Yang said that "rehearsals of the opening and closing ceremonies are carried out smoothly" (XINHUA, 5/8). ... A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Wednesday at the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia between the NOCC and Anvaya, a non-profit organization "aimed at assisting Cambodians based abroad who want to relocate to the Kingdom and help the country develop" (PHNOM PENH POST, 5/8).