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London 2012 Reveals Future Plans

Organizers for the London 2012 Summer Games plan to hold the Opening and Closing Ceremonies across London rather than just in the main Olympic Stadium,
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Czech Minister Supports Sochi 2014 Boycott

Czech Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has voiced his support of an eventual boycott of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games to protest Russia's military intervention in ...
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More Funding Demanded For Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

A Scottish newspaper reports that Scottish sports chiefs and politicians are demanding the British Government hand over an extra 150 million pounds of lottery money ...
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Chicago 2016 News – Nike, Phelps, Oprah

Chicago 2016 announced its support for the Nike+ Human Race being held Sunday when more than 80 Chicago 2016 volunteers will be on hand at ...
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Top Major League Stars Could Help Baseball’s Return To Olympics – Rogge

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge said baseball could improve its chances of returning to the Olympic Games if it included top major league ...
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Beijing Olympic Village Reopens As Paralympic Venue

The Olympic village for the Beijing Olympic Games has undergone a brief renovation and has reopened as the Paralympic village. During the Beijing Paralympic Games ...
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Vancouver 2010 Unveils Paralympic Ticket Plan

Two hundred and fifty thousand tickets for 52 sport and ceremony events at seven venues for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympic Games are going on ...
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Singapore 2010 Logo Design Contest Ends

Singapore 2010 has issued a press release saying more than 1,500 entries were received for the Singapore 2010 Logo Design Competition. The competition launched by ...
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Cultural Activities Planned For Delhi Commonwealth Games

Indo Asian News Service (IANS) reports the Delhi government is making plans for a series of cultural events during the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Chief ...
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London Mayor Told To Button Up At Handover Ceremony

The Evening Standard reports that Chinese officials ordered London's Mayor Boris Johnson to button up during the Beijing to London handover ceremony last week. According ...
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News From the Beijing Paralympics

Four days after the end of the Beijing 2008 Games, China lit the 2008 Paralympic torch at Beijing's ancient Temple of Heaven marking the start ...
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Beijing Olympic Games Memorabilia On The Block

China Daily reports that more than 20 million Beijing Games memorabilia will soon be put to auction estimated to generate more than one billion yuan. ...
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London 2012 Could Change Some Venues

London 2012 officials have hired the accountancy firm KPMG to carry out a top-level review of three London 2012 Summer Games venues - Greenwich Park, ...
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Tokyo 2016 Ambassadors Promote Bid At Summer Festivals

Retired Japanese Olympians and Paralympians who are now Tokyo 2016 ambassadors are attending four of Japan's major summer festivals to promote Tokyo's bid for the ...
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Beijing, London Handover – Chinese Not Impressed, New Coin Issued

The Independent reports that the Chinese press and bloggers have been making less than favourable comments about London's contribution to the Beijing Games Closing Ceremony, ...
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Memo Show’s Federal Government’s Interest In Vancouver 2010 Torch Relay

The Globe and Mail reports the Canadian government wants the first torch carriers for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games to be veterans of Afghanistan's ...
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Prague Has Second Thoughts On Future Olympic Bid

Although Prague was excluded from the shortlist for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the city is still considering a bid for the 2020 or 2024 ...
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Beijing Paralympic Games Ticket Sales Brisk

Tickets for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Beijing Paralympic Games being held September 6 to 17 are selling well, Tang Xiaoquan, executive vice ...
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Singapore 2010 Youth Games On Track

Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan said planning and preparations for the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are on track. ...
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Tokyo 2016 Learns From Beijing Games But Stresses Compact Games

Tokyo 2016 officials took part in the official IOC Observe Program and attended meetings with BOCOG during the Beijing Games and with other members of ...
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Record Numbers Watched Beijing Summer Games

The People's Daily reports a record 4.4 billion, about two-thirds of the world's population, watched the Beijing Summer Olympic Games according to the Nielsen Company. ...
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Heads Of States From four Bid Cities To Attend 2016 Election

The heads of states from Japan, Brazil, the United States and Spain will attend an International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting next October in Copenhagen where ...
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London 2012 Loses Financial Support

As all eyes look to London as the next host of the Summer Olympic Games The Independent newspaper reports four of the top Olympic sponsors ...
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Triathlon To Promote Chicago 2016 Bid

Chicago 2016 officials announced Friday their participation in the 2008 Accenture Chicago Triathlon. According to a press release, members of the bid committee and volunteers ...
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Australia’s Gold Coast To Join Canberra And Perth In 2018 Commonwealth Games Bid

The Queensland Government announced Friday its intention to put the Gold Coast forward to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Premier Anne Bligh said, "we have ...
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Vancouver 2010 – The Next Olympic Games

Organizers of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games praised the Beijing Games but said Friday they can do better on three fronts - festive atmosphere, ...
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ISF Launches 2009 Youth World Cup To Promote Softball’s Return To Olympics

In a bid to bring softball back as a sport in the 2016 Summer Games, and buoyed by the hugely successful softball competition at the ...
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Chicago 2016 Launches Online Channel

Chicago 2016 launched Wednesday a new online channel that will feature stories about Chicago told through the eyes of its citizens. Patrick G. Ryan, chairman ...
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Rio 2016 Ready For Olympic Games

Brazilian sports legend Pele is in Beijing promoting Rio de Janeiro's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and calling on the International Olympic Committee ...
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Pele To Promote Rio 2016 In Beijing

Brazilian football legend Pele arrived in Beijing Wednesday to promote Rio de Janeiro's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. On Friday Pele is reportedly ...
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Beijing Games – Biggest Broadcast Event In Olympic History

Timo Lumme, managing director of IOC (International Olympic Committee) Television and Marketing Services, said at a press conference in the Games' Main Press Center Wednesday ...
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Vancouver’s Mayor To Carry Torch At Beijing Paralympics

Although he won't be Mayor when the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games take place in Vancouver, Mayor Sam Sullivan will be among 10 Canadians ...
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ESPN To Bid For 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games Rights

ESPN head George Bodenheimer said ESPN/ABC intends to bid for the rights to the 2014 Winter Games and the 2016 Summer Games when the International ...
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Golf Lobbies For Olympic Inclusion

Royal & Ancient Chief Executive Peter Dawson, and PGA Tour Executive Vice President Ty Votaw who is heading up golf's bid to be an Olympic ...
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Madrid 2016 Gets Royal, International Support

H.M. the Queen of Spain said Tuesday during her visit to the House of Spain in Beijing that she supports Madrid's bid for the 2016 ...
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Beijing Olympic Closing Ceremony Unrehearsed

Beijing News reported Monday that the Closing Ceremony for the Beijing Summer Games will be unrehearsed. It seems the men's marathon will end at the ...
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Although Costs May Rise, No More Money For London 2012

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell told the BBC there will be no extra money for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games beyond the 9.325 billion pounds ...
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Tokyo 2016 Celebrates Japan Day In Beijing

Japanese Olympic Committee President and Tokyo 2016 Vice President Tsunekazu Takeda hosted Japan Day celebrations at Japan House in Beijing where about 700 distinguished guests ...
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AIBA Launches Push For Women’s Boxing At 2012 London Games

The International Boxing Association's (AIBA) executive committee formally announced plans Monday to develop a detailed proposal to put before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that ...
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Beijing Games – The Lighter Side

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is attempting to prevent ambush marketing at the Olympic Games. Bloomberg reports that fixtures and fittings that aren't made by ...
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Beijing Olympic Torch Sells 173 Times Higher Than Cost

One of the Beijing Olympic torches that sold at the Olympic Expo Beijing 2008 auction Friday was sold for 260,000 yuan (about $37,843 U.S.), 173 ...
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China’s Air Quality Results Won’t Be Released

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Chinese authorities have agreed that they would not publish air-quality data the IOC received during the Summer Games, said ...
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Former London Mayor Barred From London House In Beijing

The Daily Mail reports London's former Mayor Ken Livingstone was barred from London House while in Beijing from where he had planned to promote trade ...
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ISF BackSoftball Task Force Making Good Progress

The ISF BackSoftball Task Force (International Softball Federation) formed to bring softball back to the Olympic Games is making good progress, according to Don Porter, ...
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Reno-Tahoe 2018 Coalition CEO To Discuss Bid In Beijing

Jon Killoran, the newly named chief executive officer of the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition, plans to meet with International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials and representatives ...
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Southern Ontario’s 2015 Pan Am Bid Gets Positive Response In Beijing

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said Thursday in Beijing, where he is promoting Southern Ontario's bid for the 2015 Pan American Games to the international sports ...
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Russia Should Be Stripped Of Sochi 2014 Games – US Lawmakers

Two US lawmakers announced Thursday a planned bill to be put before Congress that says Russia should be stripped of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic ...
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Beware Of Vancouver 2010 Ticket Sales

Ticket sellers across Canada are already selling tickets for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The only problem is they don't have them, said Vancouver ...
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London 2012 Launches Pre-Games Training Camp Guide

London 2012 launched the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide at the British Ambassador's residence in Beijing, hosted by Sebastian Coe, chairman of London 2012, ...
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Chicago 2016 Behind The Scenes In Beijing

The four cities bidding to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games have their representatives in Beijing where they are using the occasion to promote each ...
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Madrid Hopes New Measures On Doping Will Help 2016 Bid

Madrid 2016 head Mercedes Coghen said Thursday Madrid's bid to win the 2016 Summer Olympic Games has been strengthened by Spain's determination to crack down ...
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IOC Calls Spanish Team’s Ad “Inappropriate”

A Spanish Olympic basketball team ad in which the team posed for photographs where they pulled their eyes to make them look Asian was called ...
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Rio 2016 Hopes Hosting World Cup Will Help Bid

Malaysia News reports that Rio is confident that by hosting the 2014 World Cup it can get an edge on its bid for the 2016 ...
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Ontario Premier Launches 2015 Pan Am Bid In Beijing

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is in Beijing to promote Southern Ontario's bid for the 2015 Pan American Games. The Premier appeared Wednesday at a Canadian ...
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Netherlands May Bid For 2028 Games

Radio Netherlands reports Dutch Crown Prince William-Alexander told an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member in Beijing he hopes the Netherlands' ambitions to host the Olympic ...
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B.C. Premier Makes Promises For Vancouver 2010

British Columbia's Premier Gordon Campbell, appearing on NBC's Today Show Wednesday morning, said he was "inspired" by Beijing 2008's Opening Ceremony, adding that British Columbia ...
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Media At Games

The Asian Age reports China enforced a media blackout Wednesday regarding the Opening Ceremony song, and all references to the story were removed from Chinese ...
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Tokyo 2016 Bid Gains Momentum At Marunouchi Kids Festa 2008

Tokyo 2016 wants to build the support of Japan's youth at the Marunouchi Kids Festa 2008 in Tokyo. Former professional athletes were united with thousands ...
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IOC Member Not Surprised To See Softball’s Return To Games

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Austin Sealy from Barbados threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the opening softball games between Chinese Taipei and Canada, ...
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Spain’s Olympic Players Defend Controversial Photo

The Associated Press reports that player's on Spain's Olympic basketball team defended a photo in an ad showing the players using their fingers to apparently ...
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Empty Seats At Beijing Games Venues Filled By Volunteers

AFP reports that cheerleading volunteers wearing yellow T-shirts have been shipped to Olympic venues to fill up the empty seats and liven up the atmosphere, ...
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Chicago 2016 Seeks Control Of Key Internet Domain Name

Chicago's bid to host the world for the Olympic Games in 2016 is taking a cyber-detour as the city looks to claim a key piece of ...
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Chicago 2016 Unveils Bid To International Audience in Beijing

Chairman and CEO Patrick Ryan of Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid was joined by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to launch Chicago's bid vision to an international ...
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ISF Promotes Softball’s Return In Beijing

International Softball Federation (ISF) President Don Porter, in Beijing to promote the BackSoftball campaign to get the sport reinstated at the 2016 Summer Games, visited ...
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Olympic Sponsors Pavilions Empty Due To Security, Games Garbage Green

The Associated Press reports that Beijing Games organizers promised Tuesday they would let more people into the tightly guarded Olympic Green after sponsors of the ...
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Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival Promotes 2016 Bid

About 700,000 people gathered Sunday evening at the proposed site of the Tokyo 2016 Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Tokyo and surrounding areas ...
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IOC In Beijing – Censorship, Smiles

International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials are said to be investigating reports that journalists covering the Games have had their notebooks and tape recorders confiscated. According ...
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Madrid 2016 Unveils “Human Touch” Vision For 2016 Games

Madrid officially launched its international campaign in Beijing for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The launch was accompanied by a new video - "Whoever you ...
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Kenya Considers A 2028 Olympic Bid

Kenya's Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said that Kenya is considering a bid for the 2028 Olympic Games. The President said it would be in line ...
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Ontario 2015 Pan Am Games Bid Looks For Spanish Speaking Head

The Globe and Mail reports the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) will be looking for an executive "fluent in Spanish" to lead Southern Ontario's bid for ...
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Japan’s Prime Minister Supports Tokyo 2016

Yasuo Fukuda, Prime Minister of Japan, attended the 2008 Summer Games Opening Ceremony in Beijing to show his support for Tokyo's 2016 bid. He was ...
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USA House In Beijing Promotes Chicago 2016 Bid

A Chicago 2016 delegation, including Chairman and CEO Patrick G. Ryan and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, greeted former President George H.W. Bush, several members ...
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Brazil’s President Promotes Rio 2016 In Beijing

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Friday in Beijing that Rio de Janeiro's bid for the 2016 Summer Games carries the ultimate seal of ...
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Brazil Won’t Wear Official Uniforms At Games

Brazil won't be wearing its official Nike uniform for the rest of the Olympic Games because it could affect Rio de Janeiro's bid for the ...
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IOC Saddened By Killing Of Relative Of U.S. Olympic Coach

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) released a statement Saturday saying it is deeply saddened to learn of a tragic incident earlier today that involved two ...
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Federal Government Supports Southern Ontario 2015 Pan Am Bid

A day before the Beijing Olympic Games, the Canadian government announced it is backing a bid for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Southern Ontario's ...
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Qatar To Bid For 2020 Summer Games

Following a failed bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Qatar is now attempting to stage the 2020 Games, the country's national Olympic committee said ...
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Copenhagen Won’t Bid For An Olympic Games

The mayor of Copenhagen, Ritt Bjerregaard, said Thursday during a visit to Beijing, "after the Games in Athens four years ago many thought" of Copenhagen ...
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Two Koreas Won’t March At Opening Ceremony

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge said Thursday that negotiations for a joint South and North Korea march at the Games Opening Ceremony has ...
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Push For Cricket At 2020 Olympic Games

Cricket is getting more support for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Sri Lanka vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara has now joined a "chorus of support" ...
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Japan House To Promote Tokyo 2016

The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) opened Japan House Wednesday, its cultural showcase in Beijing for the duration of the Games. Japan House is based at ...
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Madrid 2016 Delegation In Beijing

Mercedes Coghen, Madrid 2016's CEO, is in Beijing attending the 120th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session, along with 115 members of the Madrid 2016 bid ...
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Casa Brasil Promotes Rio de Janeiro 2016

Rio de Janeiro's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games is being promoted in Beijing with the opening of Casa Brasil (Brazilian House), a centre ...
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Beijing Opening Ceremony Unveiled

The Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games will begin at 8 p.m. local time and will last about 3-1/2 hours, with China's Liu Huan ...
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Media At Beijing Games Have New Rules

The Associated Press reports that according to the Beijing city government website, Chinese and foreign journalists who want to report and film in Tiananmen Square ...
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Vancouver 2010 Progress Report Gets Praise From IOC

Following a progress report from Vancouver 2010 to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) general session in Beijing, Jacques Rogge, president of the IOC, congratulated Vancouver ...
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Sochi 2014 Presents First Progress Report To IOC

Sochi 2014 presented its first progress report to the IOC Wednesday. Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of Sochi 2014, said that the Sochi Venue and ...
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IOC President Rejects 2016 Bid City Visits Proposal

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge rejected a proposal Wednesday allowing members of the IOC to visit the four cities bidding for the 2016 Summer ...
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Singapore Should Start Planning Youth Games – IOC Official

Straits Times reports Sergey Bubka, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Co-Ordination Commission chairman, said Wednesday that operational planning should begin by the end of September for ...
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Two Australian Cities Want Olympic Games

Two Australian cities are considering a bid for the Olympic Summer Games - Brisbane and Perth. The Australian reports that John Coates, head of the ...
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2016 Bid Cities In Beijing

The Brazilians have set up the "Brasil House" in Beijing, which will promote everything from Brazilian culture to tourist sports to local coffee, according to ...
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Sochi 2014 Commemorates Bid 2014 Days Ahead Of Games

Sochi celebrated Monday 2014 days until it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. To commemorate the occasion a Sochi 2014 expedition scaled the Achishkho Mountain ...
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ICF Partners With “Peace And Sport”

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) announced Tuesday its partnership with the Monaco-based international organization "Peace and Sport" to implement peace education programs on the African ...
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Tokyo 2016 Launches “Uniting Our Worlds” Campaign Theme

Tokyo kicked off the international phase of its bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing by launching Monday its "Uniting Our Worlds" campaign ...
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Beijing Games – Ticket Scam, YouTube

Beijing 2008 officials said Monday that sports fans around the world have been swindled by an international Internet scam offering thousands of bogus tickets for ...
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Beijing Games - Rogge Says “No Deal”, Protesters Can’t

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge said Saturday no deal was made with Chinese organizers to censor Internet sites for the international media at ...
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Vancouver 2010 Road Link Reopened

CTV reports the Sea to Sky Highway, a vital road link for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, was reopened to traffic late Saturday a ...
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Innsbruck Responds To Candidate City Status For 2012 Youth Games

Responding to the International Olympic Committee ‘s (IOC) selection of Innsbruck for Candidate City status in its bid for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, ...
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All Four Applicants Chosen Candidate Cities For 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games

All four cities bidding to host the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games were chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board as Candidate Cities ...
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Singapore 2010 Youth Games Village Has New Site

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) accepted the proposal Saturday by the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee to change the site of the Youth Olympic ...
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Beijing Olympic Games – The Lighter Side

Beijing has never looked brighter since all decorative lighting facilities in Beijing were lit up Friday evening and will continue through the end of the ...
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Beijing Games – Emergency Plan, Censorship, Eavesdropping

There's an emergency plan in the works in case Beijing's air pollution remains poor during the Olympic Games which includes taking more cars off the ...
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