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  • IOC wants Tokyo organizers to finalize plans for new stadium

    Tokyo organizers of the 2020 Olympics have been asked to finalize plans for the main stadium by the International Olympic Committee after it was confirmed that building costs have almost doubled. IOC President Thomas Bach told the head of the organizing committee to finalize the plan before an IOC…

    The Associated Press26 mins ago
  • Boston 2024 Olympics organizers update $4.6B bid

    The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games on Monday, unveiling a $4.6 billion plan it says would create thousands of jobs and housing units, expand the city's tax base and leave behind a vastly-improved regional transit…

    The Associated Press
  • France's Agnel pulls out of world championships

    Olympic and world 200m freestyle champion Yannick Agnel has pulled out of swimming's world championships in Russia with a lung infection, his agent announced on Monday. The 23-year-old French swimming star is suffering from pleurisy which has interrupted his build-up to the August 2-9…

    AFP
  • Boston tries to win support for 2024 bid

    Boston 2024 Olympic bid officials unveiled a revamped proposal on Monday, trying to rally support from skeptical taxpayers fearful of being stuck for the costs of the global sports festival. With polls suggesting more opposition than backing for the idea of hosting the Olympics, the organizing…

    AFP
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  • Backers of Boston Olympics forecast operating surplus

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Backers of Boston's controversial bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games unveiled a revised plan for the Games on Monday that they said would run a $210 million operating surplus, addressing concerns the event would leave city taxpayers on the hook. "This could be…

    Reuters
  • Discovery secures European Olympic TV rights through 2024

    U.S.-based media giant Discovery Communications Inc. secured the European broadcast rights for four Olympics through 2024 on Monday in a landmark deal worth 1.3 billion euros ($1.45 billion). The parent company of the Discovery Channel and Eurosport won the rights to the games of 2018, 2020, 2022…

    The Associated Press
  • European Games come to a close in Azerbaijan

    Just as the inaugural European Games have sought to establish themselves on the global sporting calendar, so host nation Azerbaijan has used the event to make its mark on the world stage. Both have faced widespread skepticism - the games over the patchy standard of competition, Azerbaijan over the…

    The Associated Press
  • Thousands of sites tout Brazil as sex-tourism destination

    More than 3,000 websites have emerged since 2013 touting Brazil as a sex-tourism destination, and the situation has worsened with major events such as the 2014 World Cup, a survey found. The tally by private firm Axur and published Sunday in the O Globo newspaper shows the number of sites linking…

    AFP
  • Robshaw wants England to learn from Olympic example

    London (AFP) - England captain Chris Robshaw hopes his side can follow the lead of top Olympic stars when the country hosts the Rugby World Cup starting in September.

    AFP
  • How the AP-GfK poll on the Olympics was conducted

    The Associated Press-GfK poll on the Olympics was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications June 19-21. It is based on online interviews of 1,005 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel. GfK provides Internet access to participants who don't…

    The Associated Press
  • AP-GfK Poll: Americans show strong support for home Olympics

    While Bostonians are hesitant to host the Olympics, Americans across the country overwhelmingly support the idea of the games on home turf, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The support decreases when people are asked if they would want the Olympics in their local area. Nearly nine of…

    The Associated Press
  • Azerbaijan tipped to bid for Olympics

    The head of the European Olympic Committees says he expects Azerbaijan's capital Baku to bid for the Olympics after hosting this month's European Games. Officially, the Azerbaijani government says it is waiting to analyse its hosting of the European Games, which close Sunday, before making a…

    The Associated Press
  • 3 new USOC board members will help decide Boston's fate

    White is the athletic director at Duke, taking the spot at the USOC once filled by Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. POLLING: The latest numbers are bad: The bid got only 39 percent statewide support, according to the latest poll by Boston's WBUR radio.

    The Associated Press
  • Raducan asks IOC for gold medal back from 2000 Olympics

    Fifteen years after being stripped of her Olympic gold medal following a positive drug test, former Romanian gymnast Andreea Raducan went to the IOC to see if she could get it back. Raducan was 16 when she won the all-around gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games, as well as leading Romania to team…

    The Associated Press
  • Man drowns as floods hit Russian Olympic city of Sochi

    A man drowned on Thursday when severe flooding hit the Russian resort of Sochi which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, destroying homes and cutting off transport links. The body of a man in his forties who appeared to have drowned was found in Adler, on the outskirts of Sochi, authorities said. …

    AFP
  • Rome's city council votes in favor of Rome 2024 bid

    Rome's city council voted 38-6 in favor of the capital's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics on Thursday - a strong showing amid a widening corruption scandal. ''Like it was for Barcelona and London, the Rome 2024 Olympics will leave a renewed, modern and sustainable identity for our city,'' Rome…

    The Associated Press
  • Ricci Bitti elected new head of sports industry convention

    International Tennis Federation president Francesco Ricci Bitti is taking over as head of the SportAccord Convention as the conference looks for a host next year to replace Sochi. Ricci Bitti was elected on Thursday as the new president of the annual sports industry conference that draws hundreds…

    The Associated Press
  • Jake Burton returns home after time on life support

    Modern snowboard inventor Jake Burton is back home after spending nearly two months on life support with a rare autoimmune disease. The 61-year-old Burton was diagnosed with Miller Fisher Syndrome and was completely paralyzed for a short time. In late April, Burton moved from intensive care to a…

    The Associated Press