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  1. The next month, particularly the Session in Buenos Aires, will prove how strong/weak the IOC really are. What action, if any they will take on Miss Isinbayeva's ambassadorial roles within the movement will be one. Another will be when they elect new IOC Members, if they decide to elect all nine candidates to the current nine vacancies - including Alexander Zhukov, the Russian Olympic Committee President and Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. If they persist with that, words will fail me...

    It's one thing to not take a stance on whether or not the zebra should be protected. It's another to invite the lion into your garden...

  2. Chinese babies named 'Olympic Games'

    More than 4,000 children in China have been given the name Aoyun, meaning Olympic Games, in the past 15 years.

    The rise in popularity of the name is seen as a sign of support for the Games being staged in August in Beijing.

    Officials in charge of identity cards say that more than 92% of the 4,104 registered Aoyuns are boys.

    It is not uncommon for Chinese children to be given names of common events and popular slogans - such as Defend China, Build the Nation and Space Travel.

    There are 290,798 registered Civilisations.

    The first surge in Aoyuns came in 1992, when China applied to host to the 2000 Games. About 680 Aoyuns were registered at the time.

    In 2002 another 553 Aoyuns were named, after China was chosen to host the 2008 Games.

    The BBC's Chinese service says that in recent weeks babies have also been given names such as Hope for Sichuan, to show solidarity with earthquake victims.

    BBC: Chinese babies named 'Olympic Games'

  3. Andrew says he had lunch with Thanou, no that I care as she went from being a national hero to national embarrassment overnight. Actually that's quite cool...

    The DVD about the remodelling of the OAKA and the backstage of Opening and Closing Ceremonies is quite good too.

    Athens is indeed one my favourite reports together with Nagano and Los Angeles.

    So Jeremie, can you tell me some more about the backstage DVD of the Ceremonies? Few of the ceremonies actually know anything about it, even though they saw Jack Morton filming...

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