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  • Activists aim to derail Beijing's bid for Winter Olympics

    By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - Human rights activists are stepping up efforts to derail Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, hoping their protests and petitions can thwart what appears to be almost certain victory for the Chinese capital. Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics…

    Reuters24 mins ago
  • Rio Olympics organizers promise 'no white elephants'

    The organizers of next year's Rio Olympics say not only the Games will be a success -- but so will the aftermath. Mindful of criticism directed at Brazil's World Cup last year, in which expensive new stadiums fell empty as soon as the tournament ended, Olympic organizers on Wednesday promised a…

    AFP
  • Bach: Boston failed to deliver on 'promises' to USOC

    IOC President Thomas Bach said Boston was firmly to blame for its aborted bid for the 2024 Olympics and that the city failed to deliver on ''promises'' made to U.S. Olympic leaders when they selected the Massachusetts capital as the American candidate for the games. Bach also said Wednesday has a…

    The Associated Press
  • Kazakhstan backs Olympic promises with oil fund

    Kazakhstan will break into its $70 billion sovereign wealth fund to help pay the bills if it wins the 2022 Winter Olympics, Prime Minister Karim Massimov said Wednesday ahead of an IOC vote. The International Olympic Committee, which will vote between the former Kazakh capital of Almaty and…

    AFP
  • Park unhappy with qualifying criteria for Olympic golf

    Inbee Park, the top-ranked player in women's golf, has criticized the qualifying criteria for next year's Olympic tournament, saying it will rule out too many of the world's top stars. South Korea, where Park is from, has 15 players in the top 28 in the women's rankings.

    The Associated Press
  • Former IOC member Leo Wallner of Austria dies at 79

    Leo Wallner, a former IOC member who led Austria's national Olympic movement for 19 years, has died. The Austrian Olympic Committee said he died early Wednesday, without revealing a cause of death. ''He has always served the interests of Austrian sports on national and international level and…

    The Associated Press
  • Boston to blame for Olympic bid flop, says IOC's Bach

    By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has laid the blame squarely on Boston for its aborted attempt to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, saying the city had failed to deliver on its promises. Boston was picked by the United States Olympic Committee to…

    Reuters
  • Boston failed to deliver on Olympic promises: IOC chief

    The United States has pledged to find a new candidate city for the 2024 Olympics after Boston failed to "deliver" on promises, IOC chief Thomas Bach said Wednesday. The International Olympic Committee president said he had been baffled by Boston's tactics and could understand the US decision on…

    AFP
  • Tokyo Olympic chief apologizes to IOC over stadium change

    Japanese organizers apologized to the IOC on Wednesday over the scrapping of the original plans for the Olympic stadium and delivered assurances that the new venue will be ready in time for the 2020 Games. The International Olympic Committee, meanwhile, said it would work with Japan on the new…

    The Associated Press
  • Japan-based advertising firm wins Olympic TV rights in Asia

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee has awarded exclusive Olympic broadcast rights in 22 Asia-Pacific countries to Japan-based advertising agency Dentsu Inc.

    The Associated Press
  • Star athletes pitch for Beijing, Almaty ahead of 2022 vote

    Former NBA star Yao Ming and Sochi Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Denis Ten differ in height by exactly two feet. The towering basketballer is representing Beijing's bid for the 2022 Olympics, and the diminutive figure skater is boosting the bid from Almaty, Kazakhstan. Size didn't factor…

    The Associated Press
  • Olympics: Smooth piste for Beijing's 2022 bid

    China came of age as an Olympic power when it hosted the spectacular Beijing 2008, a display of the unlimited resources and political will some say are essential to its bid for the 2022 Winter Games. The capital emerged as the frontrunner for 2022 -- which would make it the first city ever to host…

    AFP
  • If USOC finds a new city, Boston debacle could be forgotten

    Embarrassing as the debacle in Boston may have been, chances are it will be nothing more than a distant memory when the vote for the 2024 Olympics finally rolls around. Odds are that city would be Los Angeles, where Mayor Eric Garcetti has already expressed a willingness to listen if the USOC does…

    The Associated Press
  • A year away, Olympic organizers counting on sun and samba

    Rio de Janeiro conjures clear images of sun, samba and soccer. Organizers of the Olympics that start a year from now hope that's what people remember after the games - not images of polluted water, inefficient transportation and incomplete venues. The Rio Olympics that start Aug. 5, 2016, follow…

    The Associated Press
  • We deal in reality not dreams - Almaty Olympic bid vice-chairman

    The Almaty bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics is about reality and facts, not dreams and fantasies, their bid vice-chairman Andrey Kryukov told AFP on Tuesday. Indeed the slogan has been widely seen as a sideways dig at Beijing. For while Almaty has made much of the fact they have venues…

    AFP
  • Boston activist group credited for defeating Olympics pitch

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - As recently as late Monday morning, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh had dismissed the group opposing the city's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games as "10 people on Twitter." But hours later, the three thirtysomethings behind the No Boston Olympics organization emerged…

    Reuters
  • Olympic Committee signs $14 bn of deals in 17 months

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has signed $14 billion in deals since the Sochi Winter Olympics last year, a spokesman said Tuesday highlighting the sports body's financial strength. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the deals "represent a significant contribution to the long-term financial…

    AFP