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  1. Tokyo: Work to build Olympic venues running smoothly The site of the Olympic Aquatics Center for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games in Tokyo’s Koto Ward on Feb. 6 (Tatsuya Shimada) The Canoe Slalom Course for the 2020 Olympics is under construction in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward on Feb. 6. (Tatsuya Shimada) Up to 20 percent of construction work has been completed as scheduled on four venues--with a total price tag of 130.5 billion yen ($1.2 billion)--for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, officials said. The four sites are: the Olympic Aquatics Center for swimming, diving and synchronized swimming (56.7 billion yen); the Sea Forest Waterway for canoe sprint and rowing (30.8 billion yen); the Ariake Arena for volleyball and wheelchair basketball (35.7 billion yen); and the Canoe Slalom Course (7.3 billion yen). The Tokyo metropolitan government showed the progress of construction work to reporters on Feb. 6. The Canoe Slalom Course is located in Edogawa Ward while the other three venues are being built in Koto Ward. At the Olympic Aquatics Center, four 40-meter-tall pillars that will support the entire building have been erected. Parts of the roof are now evident. This summer, the roof parts will be lifted a further 20 meters for installation to cover the building. The four venues are expected to be completed in 2019, when test events will be held at the sites, according to a Tokyo metropolitan government official. After the Olympics, the facilities will be open for use by the public. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802070045.html
  2. Czech NOC President Jiří Kejval elected as new IOC Member The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has elected Jiří Kejval as a new Member, while Nenad Lalovic was elected to the Executive Board (EB) and Zaiqing Yu was re-elected as EB Vice-President during the IOC Session today. President of the Czech National Olympic Committee (NOC) since 2012 and a member of the IOC’s Marketing Commission, Jiří Kejval was elected as an Independent Individual for an eight-year term of office. ... https://www.olympic.org/news/czech-noc-president-jiri-kejval-elected-as-new-ioc-member
  3. Paris 2024 to start week earlier than planned after IOC approve date change https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1061155/paris-2024-to-start-week-earlier-than-planned-after-ioc-approve-date-change
  4. Formula 1 announces new schedule for 2018 races Formula 1 chiefs have confirmed that there will be a shake-up of the weekend schedule this year, as predicted by Motorsport.com last week, with many European races now starting at 3.10pm. As Liberty sets about its overhaul of grand prix racing, it has announced the biggest shake-up in the F1 schedule for years. As reported last week, the entire weekend's timetable for European races is being shifted back in a bid to help attract a larger television audience. Furthermore, the races will now start 10 minutes past the hour to allow broadcasters to better incorporate the pre-race build-up if their programming starts on the hour. A statement issued by F1 said: "Some broadcasters usually go on air precisely on the hour, hence missing the tension and emotion that characterize the minutes before the start of each grand prix. "Thanks to this change, television viewers will be brought closer to the teams and the drivers and fully enjoy the spectacle offered just before the red lights go out." The French GP will also start at 4.10pm to avoid a clash with the World Cup group game between England and Panama. F1 added: "Other minor adjustments have been made in order to avoid clashes with other major sports events like the FIFA World Cup, to allow for differing sunset times, and to attract a wider attendance to promoters' events." ... https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/formula-1-confirms-later-start-time-races-2018-1001266/
  5. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Monday (29 January) that it is maintaining the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC). However, in recognition of the progress made by the RPC in improving its anti-doping activities, it will allow eligible Russian Para athletes who meet strict conditions to compete in five sports under the name Neutral Paralympic Athlete (NPA) at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. The IPC Governing Board decided to maintain the suspension after receiving an update on Saturday (27 January) from the IPC Taskforce responsible for monitoring the RPC’s progress in meeting the reinstatement criteria. The IPC Taskforce highlighted two criteria that are still outstanding: • The full reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). • The provision of an official response specifically and adequately addressing the findings made by Professor McLaren. Following the decision to maintain the suspension, the IPC Governing Board discussed at length whether to allow Russian Para athletes to compete as neutrals at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. After acknowledging the steps the RPC has taken to improve its governance and anti-doping procedures and practices, the IPC Governing Board determined that eligible Russian Para athletes that meet strict conditions should be allowed to compete at PyeongChang 2018. Para athletes will be allowed to compete in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, snowboard and wheelchair curling. Under the sport rules for Para ice hockey, an NPA team could not be considered as Russia had missed the opportunity to qualify. ... https://www.paralympic.org/news/neutral-paralympic-athletes-compete-pyeongchang-2018
  6. Morocco 2026 unveil bid team and logo with just over four months until FIFA select World Cup host https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1060510/morocco-2026-unveil-bid-team-and-logo-with-just-over-four-months-until-fifa-select-world-cup-host
  7. Sapporo 'ready now' for 2026 Winter Games: Japan Olympic chief TOKYO: The Japanese city of Sapporo would not need to construct a single competition venue in a potential bid to host the 2026 Winter Games, Japan's top Olympic official said Friday (Jan 19). Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) president Tsunekazu Takeda said the snow-swept northern city could make use of existing venues from the 1972 Winter Olympics it staged, and the 1998 Games in Nagano - about 1,000km southwest of Sapporo - if it formally joins the bid race. "It's ready to go," Takeda told AFP in an interview. "We would use all the facilities from the (1972) Sapporo Olympics. The sliding courses for bobsleigh and luge no longer exist, but we would use the Nagano tracks. "We could also use the Sapporo Dome for the opening and closing ceremonies. There are no new (sports) venues we actually need to construct," he said, adding that the JOC would look to reduce Sapporo's initial budget estimate of around US$4 billion. Sapporo is currently in the dialogue stage with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to explore the possibility of a bid which, if successful, would give Asia a third successive Winter Games after Pyeongchang next month and Beijing in 2022. Cities allowed to advance to the candidature stage will be selected at an IOC board meeting in October, with the winner announced in September 2019. "Asia hasn't previously had three Winter Olympics in a row of course," said Takeda, who first announced Sapporo's interest in staging the Games alongside city mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto last November. "But after Pyeongchang, nobody expected Beijing to win the next vote - that was a real surprise, so we want to be prepared. All the venues are already in place to host the Games at any time." Takeda, a former Olympic show jumper whose great-grandfather was the Emperor Meiji, insisted that Olympic fatigue would not be a factor six years after the 2020 Tokyo Games. "If we wanted to host another Summer Olympics six years after nobody would agree, but the Winter Olympics is a totally different event," said the 70-year-old. "We're told the approval rating among the citizens of Sapporo for an Olympic bid is very high," he added. "Sapporo is a mecca for winter sports in Asia and last year it successfully hosted the Asian Winter Games. It would be a safe and totally reliable host city." Sapporo, a city of two million on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, could face competition from Sion, Calgary and Stockholm, among others. "We don't yet know what European cities will end up bidding but Sapporo would be an ideal candidate," said Takeda, underlining the city's credentials. "Sapporo has always wanted to host the Olympics again and our aim is to be ready to host a Games, for the city and for the sake of the Olympic Movement too." Source: AFP/zl Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sport/sapporo-ready-now-for-2026-winter-games-japan-olympic-chief-9876904
  8. Williams signs Sergey Sirotkin for 2018 season to partner Lance Stroll, Robert Kubica named the reserve and development drive http://www.williamsf1.com/racing/news/2018/01/williamsmartiniracingannouncesrobertkubicaas2018reserveanddevelopmentdriver
  9. Tokyo 2020 JAPAN HOUSE https://tokyo2020.jp/en/special/pyeongchang-to-tokyo/japanhouse/
  10. Pyeongchang 2018: Russia remains banned from Winter Paralympics A final decision on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Winter Paralympics will be taken in January after the International Paralympic Committee upheld the ban on Tuesday. Russia was banned from all Paralympic competition by the IPC in August 2016 after revelations of systematic doping. The IPC governing board said on Tuesday there were still five key measures to be met before Russia's reinstatement. The Winter Paralympics begin in South Korea on 9 March, 2018. In December 2016, the IPC created an independent taskforce which set the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) a number of conditions that must be met before their athletes can return to competitive disability sport events run by the IPC. In September, the taskforce highlighted seven key measures that needed to be met before it is able to recommend the reinstatement of the RPC, and in an update on Tuesday, there were still five which had not been satisfied. The five key measures are: The approval of the RPC's constitution by the IPC membership department. Completion of all budget-related aspects of the reinstatement criteria. The provision and confirmation of certain additional information by the RPC regarding personnel and governance (reinstatement criteria 10 and 14.2), as specified by the taskforce. The full reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). The provision of an official response specifically and adequately addressing the findings made by Professor McLaren. In the interim period, Russian athletes can compete as neutrals in qualification events across four sports - alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing and snowboard. The measure, first announced in September, aims to allow Russia to enter its qualified athletes into the Games should it have its suspension lifted in time. "As the deadline for athlete entries for Pyeongchang 2018 is 23 February, the IPC Governing Board's next meeting between 26-28 January really is the last chance for Russia to meet the criteria in time for the Games," said new IPC President Andrew Parsons. "Although the IPC Governing Board continues to be impressed at the level of co-operation and progress made so far by the RPC, it is united in its decision to maintain the suspension as the reinstatement criteria have not yet been met in full. "The RPC is making headway with the IPC on three of the five remaining reinstatement criteria, however sadly, and much to our growing disappointment and frustration, there is a lack of progress regarding an official response from the Russian authorities specifically and adequately addressing the McLaren findings and evidence." http://www.bbc.com/sport/disability-sport/42423134
  11. Filmmaker Yamazaki likely to direct 2020 Tokyo Olympic ceremonies TOKYO The organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is planning to appoint film director Takashi Yamazaki among others to direct the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 sports events, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. Yamazaki, 53, best known for his film series "Always -- Sunset on Third Street," is expected to play a key role in creating the format and stories for the ceremonies, the sources said. Yamasaki's "Always" depicts life in a close-knit Tokyo neighborhood after World War II and its third episode features the Japanese capital in 1964, when the previous summer Olympics was held. He also directed the war drama film "The Eternal Zero" and animation film "Stand By Me Doraemon." The production team of the Olympics and Paralympics ceremonies will also likely include those involved in the performance by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, during which the premier played the role of Mario, of Mario Bros., according to the sources. Pop singer Ringo Sheena and traditional Japanese kyogen actor Nomura Mansai are also likely to join the group, the sources added. The opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will each be presented in four parts, based on such themes as peace, coexistence, reconstruction and the future. © KYODO https://japantoday.com/category/sports/olympics-filmmaker-yamazaki-eyed-as-director-of-2020-tokyo-olympics-ceremonies?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  12. Medals to be awarded at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Parlympics were unveiled Monday, with a nod to the Korean culture and traditions. The competition's organizing committee said the Paralympics medals are based on the same design principles of the medals for the Winter Olympics, in that both have been inspired by the Korean culture and its alphabet, hangeul. Lee Suk-woo, a South Korean industrial designer who designed the Olympic medals, also produced the Paralympic medals. The Paralympics will take place from March 9 to 18. This photo provided by the organizing committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics on Dec. 11, 2017, shows the medals to be awarded at the competition. (Yonhap) The medals are 92.5 millimeters in diameter and 9.42 millimeters in width. They have the hangeul consonants of the words PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games engraved around the edge. Traditional patterns, including clouds, mountains, wind and wood, each symbolizing the nature of PyeongChang and its home province of Gangwon, grace the obverse. The Paralympic Games' symbol of three agitos are on the front side of the medal, with the Paralympics' logo and the name of each sport featured on the back. The Paralympic medals' lanyard has much the same design as that for the Winter Olympics, in that both have snowflake patterns embroidered on "Gapsa," a type of cloth used in the traditional Korean dress of hanbok. Light teal and light red were used in consistency with the look of the quadrennial competition. The curved pattern of the medal case was inspired by the Korean traditional beauty, the organizers said. At the PyeongChang Paralympics, 133 sets of medals will be awarded across six sports and 80 events. "The Paralympic Winter Games medals for PyeongChang 2018 are a symbol of equality, creativity, culture and passion," said Lee Hee-beom, the top organizer of the competition. "The work that has gone into the design and manufacturing of the medals has been world class, and we are all looking forward to the moment when the first medal will be awarded to the world's best Paralympic athletes next year." (Yonhap) http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20171211000850
  13. IOC MEDIA‏ IOC suspends Russian NOC and creates a path for clean individual athletes to compete in @PyeongChang2018 under the Olympic Flag https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-suspends-russian-noc-and-creates-a-path-for-clean-individual-athletes-to-compete-in-pyeongchang-2018-under-the-olympic-flag
  14. FIFA World Cup‏ Introducing the official #WorldCup poster for Russia 2018!
  15. Final GP of the Season Final Driver's champ Standing
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