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  • Triathletes shrug off water warnings, swim in Rio

    Triathletes swam in waters off Copacabana Beach Friday ahead of weekend Olympic test events, despite published warnings that water in the area was ''unfit'' for swimming. The website of the Rio de Janeiro environmental agency said the water, which has been declared unfit ten previous times this…

    The Associated Press41 mins ago
  • New electronic system fails in 2022 Games vote

    By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A new electronic voting system adopted by the International Olympic Committee to decide the host of the 2022 Winter Games failed on Friday, prompting a return to the tried and tested ballot paper, IOC President Thomas Bach said. The voting system using…

    Reuters
  • Watchdog groups quick to criticize IOC over Beijing in 2022

    The Beijing bid delegation had no sooner finished their congratulatory hugs and handshakes after being awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics than criticism from human rights groups over the IOC's decision began to pour in. After a closer-than-expected 44-40 win in Friday's ballot against Almaty,…

    The Associated Press
  • Russia's Sochi suggested as host for 2024 Olympics

    The man who organized last year's Winter Olympics in Sochi is pushing for the Russian city to host the 2024 Summer Games. Dmitry Chernyshenko wants Sochi to follow the example of Beijing, which will be the first city to host a summer and winter games after it won the right to hold the 2022 Winter…

    The Associated Press
  • Almaty upbeat despite losing Winter Olympics bid

    By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Organizers of Almaty's unsuccessful bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics vowed to push ahead with their ambitious plan to turn their city into a winter wonderland despite losing out to Beijing. The Kazakhstan bid team's organizers had hoped that staging…

    Reuters
  • Reaction to Beijing's selection as host of 2022 Winter Olympics

    Reaction to Beijing's selection as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics: "You put a huge effort into bidding on the Winter Olympics. The first time in Olympic history that a city will host both a summer and a winter Olympic years. - - “The Olympic motto of ‘higher, faster, and stronger’ is a…

    Reuters
  • Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years

    Now, Beijing will be the first do it - and in the span of just 14 years. The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, beating Kazakh rival Almaty 44-40 in a surprisingly close vote marred by technical problems, taking the games back to the city that hosted the summer version…

    The Associated Press
  • Technical issues force 2 votes for 2022 Winter Olympics

    The vote to decide the 2022 Winter Olympics host city should have taken about 10 minutes using tablet-like electronic devices. Instead, a technical glitch left 85 voting members of the International Olympic Committee using paper ballots to ultimately give Beijing the nod. The final result Friday…

    The Associated Press
  • Lausanne chosen as host city of 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

    Lausanne, the Swiss city where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is based, was chosen on Friday to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics. Lausanne easily won a secret ballot of IOC members at a convention center in downtown Kuala Lumpur, beating the only other candidate, the Romanian city of…

    Reuters
  • Beijing heralds historic day after landing 2022 Games

    By Ossian Shine KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Beijing mayor Wang Anshun heralded "a remarkable day for Beijing and for the Olympic movement" on Friday after the Chinese capital won the right to host the 2022 Winter Games. The city beat Kazakhstan's Almaty 44-40 in a vote among International Olympic…

    Reuters
  • Belgian designer to insist Tokyo changes Olympic logo

    A Belgian designer will approach the IOC and the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics to change the logo of the 2020 Games because it bears too much resemblance to his emblem for the Theatre de Liege. The Tokyo emblem is based on a ''T,'' standing for Tokyo, team and tomorrow. ''Ideally, yes, I would…

    The Associated Press
  • Rights groups slam decision to give Beijing Winter Games

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Human rights activists on Friday criticized the decision to award Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympics, saying the International Olympic Committee had sent the wrong message at a time of growing government pressure on activists and civil society. Campaigners say…

    Reuters
  • Reaction to Beijing's victory as 2022 Winter Olympic host

    "They chose certainty in Beijing. "Just as with the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, the Olympic Family has put its faith in Beijing again. This will be a memorable event at the foot of the Great Wall" - Beijing bid committee statement.

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  • Muted reaction in Almaty as Kazakh city's Olympic bid fails

    Within minutes of the announcement that Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics had failed, it was almost as if it had never happened. The crowd of about 1,000 people which had gathered on a square in the Kazakh city to hear Friday's result started to disperse as soon as International…

    The Associated Press
  • Beijing celebrates winning the 2022 Winter Olympics

    Lion dancers swayed and confetti canons erupted Friday as news came that Beijing would become the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympics. Local residents praised their city's winning bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, although celebrations were far more muted than 14 years ago…

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  • Low-key celebration in Beijing for Winter Games win

    By Sui-Lee Wee and Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing celebrated its selection as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics in low-key fashion on Friday, in stark contrast to when the Chinese capital was awarded the 2008 Summer Games. In 2001, Beijing reverberated with noisy…

    Reuters
  • Kazakh PM hints at another Olympic run after narrow loss

    By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Almaty could consider another Olympic bid campaign after narrowly losing out to Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics, Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Karim Massimov hinted on Friday. Almaty was defeated by four votes in the International Olympic Committee…

    Reuters
  • Questions remain after Boston's 2024 Olympics bid ends

    Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics flamed out in spectacular fashion this week, with local organizers and the U.S. Olympic Committee deciding to part ways after the mayor and Massachusetts' governor refused to be rushed into a decision putting taxpayers on the hook if the games went over…

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  • Factbox on Beijing's 2022 Winter Olympics plans

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Facts about Beijing's successful 2022 Winter Olympics bid. Beijing population: 21 million, capital of China Location: northeastern China, at the North China Plain Altitude: 44m Past Olympic experience: hosted the 2008 summer Olympics. Games concept: three zone plan. Indoor…

    Reuters
  • Factbox: List of winter Olympics hosts

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - List of host cities for the Winter Olympics after Beijing was awarded the 2022 games on Friday: 1924 - Chamonix (France) 1928 - St Moritz (Switzerland) 1932 - Lake Placid (United States) 1936 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) 1948 - St Moritz (Switzerland) 1952 - Oslo…

    Reuters