Many of the venues are empty, boarded up, and have no tenants or income with the maintenance costs dumped on the federal government. ''There was no planning,'' federal prosecutor Leandro Mitidieri told the public hearing on the Olympics. ''They are white elephants today,'
Tokyo Olympic organizers announced on Monday a competition to design the mascots for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and said elementary school students would vote for the winners. "We are praying for the birth of a mascot that will be loved and praised by the world," Ryohei Miyata,
Australia's federal sports minister Greg Hunt has thrown his weight behind a push for a national lottery to boost funding for athletes and arrest the country's slide down the Olympic medals table. Australia had its worst medal haul in 24 years at the 2016 Rio Games, finishing 10th in the standings