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  • More on line, more on mobile: advertising executive to IOC

    A leading advertising executive has told the International Olympic Committee it needs to stay relevant with the younger generation and concentrate more of its content outside of the two-year Olympic cycles on the Internet and via mobile devices. Martin Sorrell, chief executive officer of…

    The Associated Press
  • Four threats Olympics security chiefs need to stop

    Muggings, crowd violence, a terrorist attack -- there are a lot of potential problems to keep Olympics security chiefs in Rio de Janeiro awake at night a year before the 2016 Summer Games. With more than 10,000 athletes and hundreds of thousands of fans to protect, Rio says it's taking no chances,…

    AFP
  • WHO and sailing body seek virus tests in Rio Olympic venues

    The World Health Organization has asked the IOC to analyze virus levels in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters, and the governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent virus tests. The moves come after an Associated Press investigation showed a serious health risk to…

    The Associated Press
  • Athletes shrug off pollution issues at Rio Olympic test

    The first day of the triathlon world championship event saw para-athletes swim in the Atlantic waters and bike and run in the streets nearby. "I'm not concerned about the water," said Alison Patrick, a blind British athlete who won the P-5 women's' triathlon in partnership with her sighted guide…

    Reuters
  • For Rio's Olympic sailors, it's not safe to go in the water

    Here’s a piece of advice for sailors at next year's Rio Olympics: think twice before leaping into the water to celebrate the end of a race. "You won't be throwing the winner in," Andrew Lechte, a member of Team Australia's advance party, told AFP. Pollution and floating garbage have turned Rio de…

    AFP
  • Rio revs up for Olympic opener in one year

    Rio de Janeiro hosts South America's first Olympic Games a year from this week and the iconic, contradictory city of sweeping beaches, street crime and joyful music says it's ready to roll. Thickets of construction cranes rise from dust clouds over western Rio where officials say the Olympic Park…

    AFP
  • USOC: 3 cities being contacted to replace Boston in 2024 bid

    U.S. Olympic leaders have started contacting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington about the possibility of bidding for the 2024 Games and believe the demise of Boston's candidacy will be ''ancient history'' by the time the host city is selected in 2017. In an interview Saturday with The…

    The Associated Press
  • IOC hears reports on Rio's dirty water, Tokyo emblem flap

    A day after the high-profile vote which awarded Beijing the 2022 Winter Games, International Olympic Committee members dealt Saturday with issues affecting the next two Summer Games - severe water pollution in Rio de Janeiro and the fuss over Tokyo's choice of emblem. Earlier this month, the…

    The Associated Press
  • IOC dismisses Tokyo logo dispute

    The International Olympic Committee on Saturday denied there was a legal problem over clashing logos for the Tokyo 2020 Games and one for a Belgian theatre. A Belgian logo which looks like the "T" for Tokyo design made for the Olympics does not have legal protection, according to IOC vice…

    AFP
  • Having made Olympic history, Beijing faces challenges

    Having made history as the first city to win hosting rights for both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing now faces a slew of challenges, from ensuring adequate snow in a bone-dry region to ramping up support for winter sports in a nation where few people ski or skate. Human rights criticisms…

    The Associated Press
  • New Japan stadium to open three months before Olympics

    Japan's new national stadium will only be completed three months before the start of Tokyo's 2020 Olympics because of a government decision to order a new design, a top official said Saturday. Tokyo's chief Olympic organiser, former prime minister Yoshiro Mori, publicly apologised to an…

    AFP
  • For athletes, Olympic goals outweigh the risks of Rio waters

    Athletes have been dismissing the dangers of swimming in Rio de Janeiro's dirty waters, saying the risks are not great enough to alter their Olympic plans. Despite a warning from a state environmental agency that some Olympic venues are unsafe, triathletes and paratriathletes entered the waters…

    The Associated Press
  • China's state-backed curlers hope for Winter Olympic sweep

    When Liu Jinli first heard the soft rumble of curling stones slipping over Chinese ice a decade ago, the sport was virtually unknown in the country. China's rapid rise up the curling ranks is part of a wider growth in winter sports promoted by the country's authorities as Beijing pursued its…

    AFP
  • Rio pledges cleaner waters for Olympics next year

    By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Efforts to improve the water quality for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics are ongoing, Games organizers said on Saturday, adding the welfare of the athletes was a top priority after reports of severe pollution off the shores of the Brazilian metropolis.…

    Reuters
  • China media says Beijing can handle any problem for Winter Games

    Chinese state-run media on Saturday lauded the decision to award Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympics, saying the city could handle any problem thrown at it and would aim to put on a "big party". Beijing, which will host the event with the nearby city of Zhangjiakou, had been the favorite to win the…

    Reuters
  • Beijing awarded 2022 Winter Olympics

    By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Beijing was chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, becoming the first city to be awarded both the summer and winter Games. The Chinese capital beat Kazakhstan's Almaty in a secret ballot of 85 IOC…

    Reuters
  • 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