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  1. Nizhny Novgorod chooses unique place for World Cup 2018 stadium 01.02.2013 | Source: Pravda.Ru The Nizhny Novgorod region prepares to host the FIFA World Cup 2018. A new stadium will be built in the region to hold a world-class sports event. A unique place was chosen for the construction of the stadium. The place is known as the Arrow, for it is the confluence of two rivers. This is a well-known and image-making location for the whole region. FIFA experts have already estimated the project as "excellent." According to local officials, the Arrow was chosen for several reasons. First, it is the center of the city of Nizhny Novgorod. Secondly, it has very good transport communication: two kilometers to the railway station, two kilometers to the river station and four kilometers to Minin Square, where the fan zone will be organized. According to architects, the stadium will fit perfectly into the landscape area and will not contradict to building accents. "We need a good place for a variety of events. Moreover, the project stipulates a possibility of transforming the stadium, regulating the quantity of stands. It will be possible to use it not only for football competitions, but also, for example, for equestrian sports, track athletics - anything, " said the head of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, Valery Shantsev. The governor also said that the construction of the unique stadium by Russian standards would give a great impetus to the development of regional sports. On December 19, 2012 Nizhny Novgorod signed a state contract for the design and survey works for the construction of the 45,000-strong stadium for the games of the World Cup 2018. http://english.pravda.ru/news/russia/01-02-2013/123650-world_cup_nizhny_novgorod-0
  2. Tokyo 2020 appoint new international communications director By Duncan Mackay February 1 - Tokyo 2020 today appointed Hisao Shuto as its new international communications director as its campaign to host the Olympics and Paralympics continued to gather momentum. The 53-year-old Shuto (pictured above fourth left) brings nearly three decades of sport and communications experience, including 12 years in Japanese football, and is expected to play a key when the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Evaluation Commission, headed by Britain's Sir Craig Reedie, visit Tokyo on March 3 until 7. Shuto, who also previously worked for public relations and communictions agency Hill & Knowlton, directed communications for a variety of sporting events, including the 2002 FIFA World Cup which Japan co-hosted with South Korea. In this role with Japan's Organising Committee he handled domestic and international media relations. More recently during his tenure at the Japan Professional Football League, Shuto handled internal communications and was also the project manager for increasing stadium attendance numbers. "Our Bid is leveraging the talent of many people from diverse backgrounds, and we are thrilled to add Hisao Shuto to our team," said Tsunekazu Takeda, head of Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee. "He is an experienced marketing and communications professional and an enthusiastic sports fan. "The whole of Japan is looking forward to the arrival of the IOC Evaluation Commission early next month, and our newest appointment underscores our readiness to welcome our international friends. "Our bid team is full of passionate, driven individuals united by a clear passion to deliver a dynamic celebration right in the heart of Tokyo." Shuto joins a team which already includes international relations and communications deputy director general and communications Director Tokuaki Suzuki, who served at Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Japan Football Association (JFA), acting communications director Masa Takaya, who concurrently serves as the communications manager at the JOC, head of international communications Nao Miyawaki, who served at the International Canoe Federation, and head of online and social media Ayano Egami, a silver medallist in synchronised swimming in Sydney 2000. "It is a great honour for me to join Tokyo's bid," said Shuto. "I have seen and felt first-hand the true passion for sport that exists throughout Japan during the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan. "Ever since, I have hoped that Japan could one day host the world's most inspirational celebration of sport, the Olympic and Paralympic Games. "I aim to use the experience I have built up over more than 20 years to ensure that we create momentum behind what I hope will be a winning campaign for Tokyo. http://www.insidethegames.biz/olympics/summer-olympics/2020/1012693-tokyo-2020-appoint-new-international-communications-director
  3. Platini defends Qatar World Cup vote Date January 30, 2013 - 9:12AM Nyon, Switzerland FIFA vice-president Michel Platini has defended his decision to vote for Qatar as 2022 World Cup host after a magazine in his native France alleged collusion among state and football leaders. "I reserve the right to sue anyone who questions my integrity in this vote," Platini, who is president of European governing body UEFA, said in a statement on Tuesday. Platini responded after France Football magazine published a 15-page cover story article titled Le Qatargate examining the Qatar World Cup project. The magazine detailed a November 2010 dinner in Paris at then-president Nicolas Sarkozy's official residence, attended by Platini and Qatar's crown prince, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. There, Sarkozy allegedly pressured Platini for political reasons to switch allegiance from the United States bid to Qatar in the FIFA vote nine days later, France Football suggested. Sarkozy "would never have allowed himself to ask me to vote for Qatar 2022 because he knows that I am my own man", Platini said. "France Football is not making any revelation about this (dinner) in today's article because this is information that I myself made public two years ago." The magazine, FIFA's partner in jointly organising the Ballon d'Or world player of the year prize, sought to connect the increasing Qatari influences in French football since the World Cup decision. The Qatar Sports Investment fund linked to the crown prince bought Sarkozy's favourite team, Paris Saint-Germain, in 2011 and also employs Platini's son, Laurent, as a lawyer, the magazine said. Doha-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera launched a sports subsidiary, BeIn Sport, which now broadcasts the French league, and holds some rights to UEFA's signature Champions League and 2016 European Championship competitions. "To believe that my choice to vote for Qatar 2022 was in exchange for agreements between the French state and Qatar is pure speculation and are only the views of those who write these lies," Platini said. Qatar won the poll of FIFA executive committee members on the same day that Russia, which Platini also supported, got the 2018 World Cup hosting rights. "I have therefore made my choice independently, following a simple logic that I have always advocated: openness to countries that have never hosted major sporting events," the former France national team captain and coach said. AP http://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/platini-defends-qatar-world-cup-vote-20130130-2djn6.html
  4. Russia able to win 15 golds in Sochi – Olympic boss Published: 29 January, 2013, 14:33 President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov (RIA Novosti / Vitaliy Belousov) Russia will be aiming to win 15 gold medals at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, says the country's Olympic Committee President Aleksandr Zhukov, which should be enough to finish top of the medal table. The Russian Olympians are traditionally strong in winter sports and will try to make amends for their Vancouver 2010 ‘blunder’, where they managed to earn just three gold medals and finished at a historically low 11th place in the medal table. "It is possible to perform well and take first place in the team table at the Sochi Olympics," the R-Sport agency quotes Zhukov as saying. "At the Games about 15 golds will be needed, that should be enough." According to Zhukov, if positive dynamics in winter sports results continue then Russia could count on “40 to 45 medals in total and 14 to 15 gold”. The final target will be set in the spring after the winter season concludes. Three years ago host nation Canada topped the medal table with 14 gold medals leaving main rivals Germany and the United States far behind. http://rt.com/sport/russia-sochi-gold-target-981/
  5. Uefa proposes age and term limit for Fifa president once Sepp Blatter retires Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino says a proposal to limit the age of a person running for Fifa president to 72 and a term limit of 12 years has been agreed by all 53 European Fifa members. Current Fifa president Sepp Blatter, 76, took office in 1998 and says he will retire in 2015, at the end of his fourth presidential term. watch the video here : http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/video/2013/jan/25/uefa-fifa-sepp-blatter-video
  6. FIFA to investigate allegations about controversial 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process By MARTYN ZIEGLER, PRESS ASSOCIATION PUBLISHED: 21:22 GMT, 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 21:22 GMT, 24 January 2013 Allegations surrounding the controversial 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding campaigns will be subjected to a 'thorough review', FIFA's ethics investigator has stated. A number of allegations have been made, including by former England 2018 bid leader Lord Triesman, plus claims about 2022 hosts Qatar who have always denied any wrongdoing. Russia were awarded the 2018 tournament. Hosts: Russia's deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov and Alexei Sorokin celebrate being awarded the 2018 World Cup Fail: England took Prince William, David Cameron and David Beckham to Zurich but the 2018 bid received just two votes and was eliminated in the first round Ethics investigator Michael J Garcia has previously said he would look into the claims and this was reiterated today. He said in a statement: 'As has been publicly announced, certain allegations regarding events surrounding the bidding for the World Cup 2018 and 2022 were referred to the ethics committee by FIFA following media reports. 'We intend to conduct a thorough review of those allegations, including the evidentiary basis for and credibility of any allegations of individual misconduct.' Surprise: Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup The ethics committee will also report in March on its investigation into the payment of kickbacks to FIFA members by now-defunct marketing partner ISL. A new whistleblower hotline is expected to become operational next month http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2267880/FIFA-investigate-allegations-2018-2022-World-Cup-bid-process.html
  7. If fifa really want Argentina and Uruguay to host the centennial world cup they will easily change their rules and give 2026 to Europe. the continental rotation rule started after the 2006 bidding process and changed again for 2018/2022. they can cancel this rule and make it open for all countries and confederations as what it was before 2010 bid race. everything can change especially after Sepp Blatter leaves the fifa in 2015.
  8. Preparations take centre stage in St Petersburg (FIFA.com) Sunday 20 January 2013 © RIA NOVOSTI St Petersburg played host to the first news conference this year to give leading figures from world and Russian football the opportunity to answer questions from journalists about preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter On the work of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) I spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and he confirmed that he was pleased with the LOC’s work. On the sanctions that may be imposed on fans for bad behaviour and displays of racism Because of the bad behaviour of fans, particularly where racism and discrimination are concerned, we have to impose strict punishments if nothing changes. We are organising anti-discrimination and anti-racism seminars right around the world. We won’t stop talking about this. Discrimination exists in society, and football is a victim of that discrimination. If the penalty is purely financial, then it won’t work, because money will always be found to pay that penalty. Playing matches behind closed doors is not a particularly good solution. Football is for the fans. We could deduct points or relegate teams. We’ll discuss these issues in three weeks’ time in Zurich, at the next meeting of the Strategic Committee. More than 300 million people are part of FIFA, and that’s more than the population of the world’s largest country – Russia. We can’t answer for everyone all at the same time, but we’re working on this problem. Vitaly Mutko, Russian Sports Minister and Chairman of the Russia 2018 LOC On monitoring construction of stadiums for Russia 2018 The Russia 2018 LOC has set up a special organisation, Arena-2018. It’s got nothing to do with contractors or commissioners, it’s financed by the LOC. In conjunction with Arena-2018, we are already carrying out extremely close monitoring to make sure that stadium designs comply with FIFA requirements, and that the construction work is of the required quality and that all the deadlines are met. Once every three months, Arena-2018 will be compiling a monitoring report on stadium construction, and that will be submitted to the chairman of the LOC’s Supervisory Council, in other words the Russian President, and all the other senior figures responsible for preparations for the tournament. Each commissioner will sign an agreement with Arena-2018 which will set out tough deadlines, and that will be underpinned by a government ordinance. On the timetable for the construction of the stadium in St Petersburg In April we will agree the final timetable for the construction of the stadium in St Petersburg. Our monitoring of the arena’s construction will be very rigorous. On the stadiums which will be hosting matches at Russia 2018 All the stadiums which are being readied in advance of the FIFA World Cup in 2018 must be built for the same price. Our prototype of sorts will be the stadium in Kazan, which will have a capacity of 45,000 and will cost around 12 billion roubles for a turn-key finish. That stadium will be very high-tech and will meet all FIFA requirements. On 1 March, it will be made available for use and will come under the control of the Organising Committee for the Universiade. To design the stadiums, we’ll be recruiting the very best companies, in agreement with FIFA – companies that have worked in Germany, South Africa and Brazil. By the end of the year, we’ll announce a tender for the construction work for at least two stadiums. On the State Duma passing a law on the 2018 FIFA World Cup In December, the FIFA Executive Committee reviewed preparations for three World Cups – in Brazil, Russia and Qatar. They use a 100-point evaluation system, and we scored 112. This doesn’t mean that we’re absolutely ready right now, but we’re setting a good pace. Parliament is currently considering a piece of legislation which would provide all the guarantees required for us to host the World Cup. Our expectation is that sometime this year, or even during this session, the State Duma will pass the law along with the amendments. This law will set in stone the obligations which the Russian Federation has assumed in terms of the preparations for and staging of the World Cup. Between now and April 2013, based on instructions from the Russian President, we are drawing up a government ordinance, which will include a list of the investment projects and actions that need to be taken ahead of the World Cup, as well as an approximation of the resources available in each host city. Alexey Sorokin, CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC On eradicating racism inside stadiums in the run-up to Russia 2018 I can assure you that, in the very near future, in conjunction with the Russian Football Union, the LOC will introduce initiatives designed to eradicate displays of racism. FIFA takes a very tough line on this, and our stance also has to be tough. On rebuilding the Luzhniki stadium The stadiums can be divided into those that are already being built and those where the design work has only just started. We’re waiting for the contract on Luzhniki to be signed. In all other respects, the designers have already made their decisions and the process is under way. Will they rebuild Luzhniki? There are several options, several solutions. We’ll find out once and for all how the project is to be implemented once the contract and the technical requirements have been signed. http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/russia2018/news/newsid=1992543/index.html
  9. January 15, 2013 05:00 ET Comba Telecom Supplies Wireless Solutions for 2014 Sochi Winter Games VenuesEnables 2G and 3G Wireless Communications With Multi-Band DAS Network Infrastructure Equipment at Bolshoy Ice Dome and Iceberg Skating Palace Stadiums MOSCOW and HONG KONG--(Marketwire - Jan 15, 2013) - Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Limited ("Comba Telecom" or "the Group") (HKSE: 2342), a leading global wireless enhancement solutions provider, announced it has completed the first phase of a multi-stage project to supply wireless enhancement solutions at venues hosting the 2014 Winter Games events to be held in Sochi, Russia. In the initial phase of the project, Comba Telecom worked with the official mobile partner to the Games and supplied multi-system, multi-band (2G/3G) distributed antenna system (DAS) in addition to installation, commissioning, training and maintenance services. In addition, the DAS supplied is upgradeable to 4G LTE and scalable to the mobile partner requirements. Comba Telecom's equipment has been deployed at a number of venues located in the heart of the games center including the Bolshoy Ice Dome and the Iceberg Skating Palace hosting the ice hockey and figure skating events, respectively. As the project moves forward, Comba Telecom will be expanding the scope of solutions and the number of venues hosting the Games. Comba Telecom's DAS is a point-to-multipoint, RF-over-fiber solution that expands wireless network coverage and capacity by extending mobile services from existing base stations for large venues, thus enabling a common system that can be shared across multiple operators. Therefore, the DAS helps operators to realize efficiencies in CAPEX and OPEX for new and additional networks without the need for replacing existing fiber and antenna systems. The modular feature of the DAS enables easy expansion of capacity and coverage by installing multiple DAS instead of deploying additional base stations. Mr. Brian Donohue, Vice President of Comba Telecom Systems International Limited and General Manager of the Group's European operations said, "The worldwide prestige of the Winter Games in Sochi requires a global solution provider that focuses on the operators' current and future needs and we are honored to be selected as one of the providers. Through our solution, wireless network operators in Russia will be able to seamlessly manage the increased demand in network traffic during the events, ensuring that spectators, journalists and athletes alike enjoy uninterrupted coverage as they move throughout the facilities." Mr. Donohue added, "We are especially pleased to be implementing this project and this marks a new milestone for Comba Telecom's operations in Russia. In fact, we have recently expanded our project portfolio in this region with a successful win for implementing a solution at the Moscow Domodeovo Airport in Russia which is currently underway at this moment in time. Overall, Comba Telecom has a wealth of experience that gives us an edge in these projects, including the Summer Games 2008 in Beijing, Metrô Rio de Janeiro, Singapore Marina Costal Expressway, Galaxy Macau resort and casino complex, Beijing-Tianjin High Speed Railway, Taiwan Kaohsiung Metro, Armenia's Yerevan Subway amongst many others." http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/comba-telecom-supplies-wireless-solutions-for-2014-sochi-winter-games-venues-hkse-2342-1745610.htm
  10. Putin, Blatter Discuss 2018 World Cup 15:57 19.01.2013 (Last updated 17:20 19.01.2013) © RIA Novosti. Ilya Pitalev MOSCOW, January 19 (R-Sport) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA head Sepp Blatter met Satruday to discuss Russia’s preparations for hosting the 2018 World Cup, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Saturday. The pair shared their views “on current events connected to the preparations for the football World Cup in Russia,” Peskov said, without providing further details. Blatter is in Russia to visit the Commonwealth Cup in St. Petersburg, an under-21 tournament for post-Soviet states. “With the FIFA World Cup 2018, it's people from the entire world who will gather, because football is more than a game,” Blatter said in Friday in Russian in comments carried on the FIFA website. http://en.rsport.ru/football/20130119/640670372.html FIFA Happy With 2018 World Cup Progress - Valcke 20:23 19.01.2013 (Last updated 22:55 19.01.2013) © RIA Novosti. JOHANNESBURG, January 19 (R-Sport) - FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has told R-Sport that football’s governing body is satisfied that preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia remain on track. Recent months have seen design tenders launched for many of the stadiums that will be built from scratch, but also ongoing problems about the delays and soaring costs of the semifinal venue in St. Petersburg. “We have had a discussion about the current state of the construction of the stadiums in Russia,” Valcke said. “So far, all the construction fits the plans. We understands that it is, by definition, a long process.” Matches will be held at 12 stadiums in 11 cities, with two stadiums in Moscow. The capital’s Luzhniki stadium is to host the final after extensive rebuilding work in the coming years. http://en.rsport.ru/football/20130119/640734978.html
  11. Pyeongchang 2018 will destroy 'Ecological Ark of Ancient Forest' 'Save Mt. Kariwang-san, an Ecological Ark of Ancient Forest, from Ski Area Construction for the 2018 Winter Games at Pyeongchang, Korea' Summary Note on the Controversial Olympic Downhill Condemning a Treasure Mountain Written by Cho Sang-hee (contact yakbell_cho@yahoo.com) The movement named Save Mt. Kariwang-san From Olympics raises awareness of the issue of our country for the Koreans who might have simply welcomed their local province's hosting of the Olympic Winter Games in 2018. The bid for the Games was won on the third attempt by Kangwon Province for the venue of its county-city of Pyeongchang in a key project for local concerns. If not for the Seoul government's support or neither without national fervor or promotion by such corporations as Samsung, the Games with a global audience could not have been won. However when we think about the fate of the mountain shrouded with the mist of ancient forests in the back country of the Land of Morning Calm (the old-time reference to Korea) and the environmental damage caused by ski run construction, the question is about the rationality and if it is something to be cheered for? Since inception of the pro-Olympic drive at the turn of this century, the bidding officials and now the Organizing Committee have not given regards to the fact that the proposed skiing venue is the seat of an ecological treasure trove dubbed "the Ark of Forest Plants" of Korea. With the mountain forests' giant trees of a unique value that could be found in this over-populated country, so it is designated as a Genetic Resource Protection Area. The government forestry authority is sacrificing the sanctuary. The Korea Forest Service, the body responsible for national forests, followed the decision of other authorities and proclaimed that there was no other alternative to Mt. Kariwang-san. Earlier in the picture, the local authorities neglected the need for a further search of other areas as proposed by environmental groups. The possibility of modified use of the neighboring ski resorts was put forth and denied. To solve the problem of new construction of ski runs the requirements should be met in terms of altitude, length, difficulty and location of the course. Anyhow, the matters are for the speed disciplines, Men's and Women's Downhill (and four other events with a total of six golds at stake)that are over within less than two minutes in a single heat. The Province is soon to conduct an environmental impact assessment ahead of the construction. It must be noted that they set off on the wrong footing for their work on the 'seasons' plants in that snow-covered mountain. The purpose is for the mitigation of any environmental damage, not for changing of the whole work or withdrawal of it. (It has made minor alterations in the plan by doing the cross-change of the courses for men and women and shortening one of them to save some big trees on the crest at 1,400 meters.) Meanwhile, the forestry agency says they will "restore" the razed slopes of the valley of Mt. Kariwang-san by sodding some grasses and re-planting after the Games. According to a schedule to meet the FIS "demand," the first power shovels will strike the trees--for making ski runs, ropeways, motor trails and then spectators' seats-- before the snowfall of this year. In recent years, the environmental organizations, including some groups from Seoul, expressed publicly their concern about the problem, which are contradictory with the people of Kangwon Province's who have vague expectations of the benefits from the Games on their home turf and the civic pride in hosting the Olympics do not leave any room to be at any conflict with bureaucracy. Groups such as Uiryong Conservationists Club of Seoul, however, has conducted a series of field surveys while leading the strenuous campaign to save Mt. Kariwang-san. Last year they found near the proposed ski area a giant oak (measured over 130 centimeters in the chest-height diameter) believed to be the oldest alive in the country. The group's botanists also discovered in the mountains' core area the large habitats of "Wangsasre," the variant of aspen-birch tree (from Betula ermani and Betula costata), that is unique in the world. The conservationists are doing an ongoing study of the mountain to counter what could result into a deficient report by the officials. Though the local media are rather playing down the issue, some look forward with the Save Mt. Kariwang-san to drawing the attention of relevant people abroad and particularly those organizations concerned with the Games. Public discussion other than official hearings on the issue were held at home a couple of times.The conservationists here now believe it's time to seek an international coalition and support against the natural calamity involved with the sport. Winter Games at Nakano and Salt Lake City they say can be cited as good precedents. The Save Mt. Kariwang-san From Olympics names an issue of our times to realize the oft-talked slogan for the environment-friendly Games. Now, we would like to remind that it is an action being taken to the effect of saving the ultimate Olympic cause of Harmony and Peace, which embraces all living things. Our call for this, we believe in the hope, would not be a far cry and that advocacy should be extended to the very threshold of the IOC and its undertaker FIS. In the winter of 2018, the competing athletes stopping in the snow tail they've just carved upon crossing the finish line will look back at the scoreboard for their times. They would not have any idea about at what cost their competition place had been made. It is deplorable that each pole-gate on the downhill run was home to hundreds of trees and other families in the flora. In place of the Olympic rings we could be able to substitute the felled giant Birch, Oak, Aspen, Pine and Yew trees as a stark reminder as to what devastation to Nature these Games were held. Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 03/01/2013 - 14:25. http://www.gamesmonitor.org.uk/node/1934
  12. Sport-Russia toughens law against match-fixersReuters – Wed, Jan 9, 2013 7:52 AM EST MOSCOW, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Match-fixers in Russia could face seven years in jail under new legislation submitted to the state parliament by President Vladimir Putin. The new law bans officials and players from betting on sports events they are participating in. Offenders also face fines of up to one million roubles ($33,000), according to documents in parliament's database made public on Wednesday. Widespread match-fixing and corruption are rife in Russian sport, experts say, as the country prepares to host several major events including the 2014 Winter Olympics and soccer's World Cup in 2018. However, rarely has anyone been convicted or brought to trial. Last month, Russian soccer chiefs opened an investigation into November's match featuring Amkar Perm and their wealthy Premier League rivals Anzhi Makhachkala after it was reported that several former Amkar players had bet large sums of money against their former team. Anzhi scored a last-minute goal to win the game 2-1 but soccer officials said they found no evidence of match-fixing. Only one team, second division Iriston Vladikavkaz, have been found guilty of attempted match-fixing. They were thrown out of the league in 1997 but later reinstated in a lower division. FIFPro, the global union for professional players, published a survey of nearly 3,400 players from eastern Europe this year that said match-fixing in Russia was as high as 43.5 percent. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said he hoped the new law would help police to bring the criminal element to justice. "It's a very serious document which gets the law-enforcement officials involved in solving this problem first-hand," Mutko, who also heads the 2018 World Cup local organising committee, was quoted as saying by local outlet R-Sport on Wednesday. However, the president of the country's bookmakers' association was sceptical about the new measures. "There's nothing wrong with this new law but the main aim should be to try to eradicate match-fixing, not the bookmakers," Oleg Zhuravsky was quoted as saying by local media. "But many paragraphs in it simply create more headaches for us instead of trying to fight corrupt officials." ($1 = 30.3142 Russian roubles) (Reporting by Gennady Fyodorov; Editing by Clare Fallon) http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sport-russia-toughens-law-against-match-fixers-125248674--sow.html
  13. 7 Jan. 2013 - “Living legends” of sport hand deliver Tokyo 2020’s Candidature File to IOC Headquarters in Lausanne Japan’s plan promises inspiration, celebration Tokyo 2020 today moved another step closer to its goal of delivering a dynamic celebration in the heart of Japan’s capital by submitting its complete Candidature File to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Tokyo 2020 delegation was headlined by living football legend Olympian Homare Sawa and Paralympic champion in Swimming Takayuki Suzuki. The Candidature File details Tokyo 2020’s unique plan for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and explains how the Games will help reinforce and renew the Olympic Values for a new generation.The Tokyo 2020 delegation in Lausanne consisted of Masato Mizuno, Tokyo 2020 CEO and Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Vice President; Katsura Enyo, Senior Director for Planning of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Promotion Division, Bureau of Sports; Yasuhiro Nakamori, Tokyo 2020 Executive Board Member. Additionally, two Tokyo 2020 Bid Ambassadors joined the delegation: Homare Sawa, the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year in 2011 and a key player on Japan’s silver-medal football team at London 2012; and Takayuki Suzuki, three-time swimming Paralympian and London 2012 Games 50m backstroke bronze medallist. The delegation officially delivered the Candidature File to the IOC at 09h00 GMT on 7 January Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, said: “With tremendous support from people in Tokyo and across Japan, we have celebrated a memorable milestone today with the submission of our Candidature File. Based on lessons from our bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we have retained the best of that bid plan while adding important new strengths. Now that our Candidature File is complete, Tokyo is one step closer to implementing an innovative and inspiring Games plan. The Games in 2020 in Tokyo will offer athletes, spectators and Olympic and Paralympic Family members a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Tokyo 2020 will reveal highlights of its Candidature File at a press conference in Tokyo on 8 January, and a press conference in London on 10 January. http://tokyo2020.jp/en/news/index.php?mode=page&id=518
  14. 14:17 6 January Olympics: Sawa, Tokyo 2020 envoys depart for SwitzerlandTOKYO, Jan. 6, Kyodo Envoys for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bid committee left Japan on Sunday for Lausanne, Switzerland, where they will present the International Olympic Committee with Tokyo's candidature file on Monday. Among those making the presentation will be bid committee CEO Masato Mizuno, silver medal-winning women's soccer player Homare Sawa and Paralympic swimmer Takayuki Suzuki. Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul are the three cities competing to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Each city's candidature file represents its master plan for organizing the Olympic Games. "I want to feel that deeply moving spirit from the London Games once again in Tokyo," Sawa said. "I want to do all I can." Mizuno said, "It's a superb, compact plan that utilizes civic energy and operational know-how to produce an Olympic Games the world will marvel at." When Tokyo bid for the 2016 Games, its candidature file was held in a traditional Japanese furoshiki cloth wrapping, but the 2020 candidature file was simply enclosed in a box. The final selection of the 2020 Games host city will be made at the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires on Sept. 7. ==Kyodo http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2013/01/202710.html
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  16. Exclusive: Fasel confident NHL players will compete at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Tuesday, 01 January 2013 By Tom Degun January 1 - International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) President René Fasel claims he is still confident that the world's top National Hockey League (NHL) players will compete at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics despite scheduling problems. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place from February 7 until 23 which means a direct clash with the middle of the NHL season, where the majority of top players are based. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has not yet committed to altering the NHL season to accommodate for the Olympics despite the fact that there was a break in the 2009-2010 season for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. This is because Vancouver 2010 proved a major success in exposing hockey to a wider audience but the NHL fear that most games at Sochi 2014 will occur at times that are not ideal for a North American audience. But Fasel, who is also an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board member, remains confident that the NHL players to attend the Games in Russia. "As I have always said, we want the NHL players at the Sochi 2014 Olympics and we are working on a schedule where we are expecting them to compete," Fasel told insidethegames. "It will be very difficult to adjust the playing schedule in the last minute so we are preparing things early. "We are on track, we are looking good and we have two great arenas [the Bolshoi Ice Dome and the Shayba Arena] in place for ice hockey at Sochi 2014. "It is unbelievable actually because it is walking distance for the athletes in the Village. "It has everything the athletes could want and we also know that the Olympics are the biggest competition in the world. "So I think the NHL players will want to attend for many reasons and we are expecting them to attend." The Bolshoi Ice Dome is one of two venues that will host ice hockey at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics alongside the Shayba Arena Fasal, a Swiss dentist by profession who has been IIHF President since 1994, added that even if the NHL players are not released, it would not mean a total disaster as he said there will be a fantastic ice hockey competition at Sochi 2014 whoever is competing. "Ice hockey is such a great game that whatever level you play, it is always exciting," he said. "That is what makes are sport so interesting and I'm 100 per cent sure that even if the NHL players don't come, we will have a great, great hockey tournament." http://www.insidethegames.biz/olympics/winter-olympics/2014/1012274-exclusive-fasel-remains-confident-nhl-players-will-compete-at-sochi-2014-winter-olympics
  17. Tokyo to step up campaign for Olympic bid Shinji Hijikata and Yuji Kondo / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers The start of 2013 will signify the beginning of a fierce competition between Tokyo and its two rivals Madrid and Istanbul to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. In early January, the three cities will be allowed to start international public relations campaigns after submitting their master plans for hosting the Games to the International Olympic Committee. Tokyo hopes to overcome its defeat in bidding for the 2016 Games by stepping up efforts to raise the rate of public support for the bid at home and by boosting promotion activities abroad. According to a survey by the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee from late November to December, 66 percent of the public expressed their support for Tokyo's bid for the Games. The bid committee consists of officials from the Japan Olympic Committee and the Tokyo metropolitan government. Perhaps partly due to the London Olympics, in which Japanese athletes won a record number of medals, the figure was above the 47 percent support rate reported in an IOC survey released in May. Still, bid committee members are not completely satisfied. "I think the figure should be a little higher," said newly elected Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose on Dec. 21, shortly after taking office. He then announced his goal of raising the figure above 70 percent. Some observers are worried because a low support rate would likely be a major hurdle for Tokyo being chosen. The bid committee is touting its plan of "ultimately compact Games," in which the main competition venues would be concentrated within an eight-kilometer radius from the athletes' village. The plan has met with praise from the IOC, but the low rate of public support is apparently a primary concern. As of May, the bid approval ratings in Tokyo's two rival cities already topped 70 percent. The support rate for Madrid's bid was 80 percent in the latest survey. The lack of sufficient support for Tokyo's bid can be partly attributed to the Japanese national character, with its tendency to avoid strong declarations, according to a source close to the Tokyo bid committee. But time is running out to win over the public, as the IOC is expected to conduct another survey on public sentiment sometime in January or February. === 3 trillion yen economic effect Promotional campaigns to boost the approval rating would come at a high cost. The Tokyo metropolitan government's failure to win its bid to host the 2016 Games despite a massive amount of public spending resulted in serious criticism. This has led the 2020 bid committee to halve the promotional budget to 7.5 billion yen. The bid committee decided to focus primarily on women in its domestic campaign activities. The IOC survey on public support is expected to be conducted via telephone and the Internet. As for telephone-based inquiries, housewives would likely be the main respondents. To appeal to women, who may have little interest in sports, the bid committee has begun spotlighting Olympic medalists in its promotion campaigns in addition to the popular idol group AKB48 and pop dance group EXILE. Inose is also making fervent efforts to win support for Tokyo's bid, having appeared live on a daytime TV variety show Tuesday. "If you're selected to answer questions from the IOC, please tell them, 'We're ready to host [the 2020 Olympics],'" Inose said. If Tokyo hosts the 2020 Games, an economic effect of about 3 trillion yen is projected for the country. The bid committee aims to enhance public support by promoting the Games as the "Reconstruction Olympics." It plans to host the soccer qualifying rounds and the torch relay, as well as Olympic trials for Japanese athletes, in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. === Appeal to foreign media The three bidding cities are required to submit their respective master plans to the IOC by Jan. 7. Beginning the next day, they will be allowed to conduct international campaign activities. At that time, the bid committee will shift its focus from domestic to overseas targets. Following successful bidding examples in the past, the Tokyo committee plans to make strong appeals to foreign media. In its bid for the 2016 Games, the committee failed to hold a press conference for foreign media after submitting its master plan. Tokyo eventually was defeated by Rio de Janeiro, which held a press conference in London. Based on such lessons, Inose and other executives of the bid committee will hold a press conference in London on Jan. 10. Overseas campaign activities will likely require the cooperation of famous persons who are widely recognized abroad. "We'd like to request the cooperation of stars who have strong international appeal," said Masato Mizuno, vice president of the Tokyo bid committee. (Dec. 31, 2012) http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121230002582.htm
  18. Rotterdam 2018 Photographic Files ( English / French ) You can download the PDF file from here : http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten-en-publicaties/rapporten/2012/12/11/rotterdam-2018-photograpic-files.html
  19. Putin orders Sochi check after earthquakes (AFP) – 3 hours ago MOSCOW — Russia's President Vladimir Putin ordered the emergencies ministry to check the 2014 Olympic sites in the southern city of Sochi following a string of earthquakes, his spokesman said. "The President ordered the emergencies ministry to pay close attention to the shocks in Sochi and other cities," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, Interfax reported. "He asked that special attention is paid to construction sites to make sure they suffer no damage," Peskov added. Three earthquakes were felt in Sochi since December 10. Authorities said they caused no damage, but paid special concern to the Black Sea resort city due to ongoing construction of the 2014 Olympic Games venues. A quake of 5.5 magnitude hit the future Olympic host city early Wednesday, according to the Krasnodar region branch of the emergency ministry. A quake of the same magnitude affected Sochi on Sunday. On December 10, Sochi residents also felt the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that struck near Novorossiysk, the port city over 100 kilometres northwest from Sochi. On Tuesday, rumours of a stronger earthquake in the city became so prevalent that Sochi's administration issued a special statement urging residents "not to succumb to panic" and threatened police action against people who spread earthquake rumours. Olympic developers in Sochi are managing two giant construction sites, in the mountains and by the Black Sea, connected by a road, which is also unfinished. Although some sport events are already hosted by the city, much of the supporting infrastructure is still unfinished, while residents complain of constant power and water outages. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hSB9ezpr7wgEFD5I5khvQdWvUN5A?docId=CNG.d5fe4faf34391046ead8ee4c3523a099.1101
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