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  1. Madrid 2020 not undermined by announcement of Barcelona Winter Olympic bid, Spanish officials claim Sunday, 28 July 2013 By Duncan Mackay July 27 - Barcelona has completed preparatory work on a bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics - even though Madrid is among three cities currently campaigning to host the 2020 Summer Games. The city's Mayor Xavier Trias has admitted that the timing of his announcement, made to a group of Spanish and French business leaders, may be "indecent" but is confident that the capital of Catalonia can be the first city in the history of the Olympics to host both the Summer and Winter Games. It had hosted the Summer Olympics in 1992, a Games still considered among the most successful in history. "We will do it, we will do it," he said Trias, who had initially been opposed to the idea which was first mooted more than three years ago by his predecessor, Jordi Hereu. If successful, the snow events would be hosted in the Pyrenees, which are located about two hours away by train from Barcelona. Barcelona's bid is supported by Jean-Paul Alduy, President of Perpignan Mediterranee, a network that brings together 36 Mayors from Perpignan communities in southern France. Trias has admitted that he would need the help of the French if the Games are to be held successfully. Whether Barcelona bids or not depends entirely on whether or not Madrid is awarded the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Madrid 2020 denied that Trias' announcement undermined their campaign, which is currently in a close race with Istanbul and Tokyo, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) due to choose the host city at its Session in Buenos Aires on September 7. "Barcelona is one of the co-host cities of the Madrid 2020 Bid [it will stage football matches]," a spokeswoman for Madrid 2020 told insidethegames. "Both the Regional and City Governments have given all guarantees requested by the IOC in order to host some of the preliminary football matches. "Speaking last January 31 - during the first "Road to 2020" forum - the Mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias declared his 'unconditional' support for the Madrid Bid and said that the staging of the Games would be a 'tremendous driving force for growth' for the Spanish capital and for the whole country'." Cities interested in bidding for 2022 have to let the IOC know by November 14 with a decision due to be announced at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015. Insidethegames
  2. Tokyo 2020 bid at 2013 Fina World Championships in Barcelona
  3. 2018 FIFA World Cup Park attracts thousands of fans in Kazan (FIFA.com) Friday 19 July 2013 © LOC At the height of the summer, the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM Local Organising Committee (LOC) came up with a memorable gift for the residents of Kazan and it’s guests, giving them all the chance to get a feel for the colossal event that will be Russia 2018, a whole five years ahead of the tournament. From 4 to 17 July, as part of the 27th World University Games, one of the city’s main squares, on the embankment by the Farmers’ Palace, hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup Park. There was something for every football fan who came to the Park, whatever their level of footballing experience and passion. The smallest fans could paint themselves in the colours of the Russian flag, draw enormous footballs or simply take their first steps in the game by kicking a ball. For more active visitors, there were several open-air attractions, such as a precision shooting contest and two different types of table football. As well as “classic” table football, visitors could also test themselves in a larger-scale version using an inflatable football pitch. All visitors to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Park had access to a marquee with interactive entertainment, where they could try on paraphernalia worn by football fans from around the world, test their knowledge in a quiz on the history of the FIFA World Cup™ and give it a go as a football commentator by describing some of the competition’s greatest goals. The visitors who produced the most skilful commentaries were awarded prizes by journalists from national television and radio. “I’ve always dreamt of becoming a football commentator,” said Ilnur, a five-year-old boy who came up with one of the best commentaries on a goal scored by Zinedine Zidane in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final in France. “Now I’ll try even harder to make my dream come true. One day I’ll be a real World Cup commentator!” Over the two weeks the Park was open, there were more than 150,000 visitors, i.e. more than 10,000 visitors a day or, on average, one in every 10 people from Kazan. Among those who visited the Park were Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Tatarstan leader Rustam Minnikhanov, players and coaches from Russia’s national student football team and other Russian sports stars. Another visitor to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Park was Russia’s sports minister and Russia 2018 LOC chairman, Vitaly Mutko, who highlighted the extra interest the people of Kazan and its guests were showing in Russia 2018. “I’m really pleased to see so much enthusiasm among Russians in anticipation of this massive festival of football,” Mutko said. “I’d like to thank you for your support. The 2018 World Cup Park has been a sort of prelude to the FIFA Fanfests that will be taking place in the Russia 2018 Host Cities at the same time as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and will give everyone the chance to sample the unique atmosphere of this tournament, which our country will be hosting for the first time, a whole four years early!” Kazan was the first of the Host Cities to declare its 2018 FIFA World Cup stadium open. The stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2013 World University Games. In 2017, the arena will host matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup, and then Russia 2018 matches the following year. FIFA
  4. Budapest 2021 Bid Promotional video/song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrE-9fBuOHU
  5. Happy for Budapest 2021..!! finally a major sport event in Hungary
  6. Fina Twitter FINA ‏@fina190848m #Worlds 2019: Gwangju. #Worlds 2021: Budapest
  7. Humid heat is more common in the gulf coastal cities such as Doha and other cities hosting the world cup Al-Wakra, Al-Shamal and Al-Khor humidity with temperature between 30-40 degrees at night feels much worse than dry heat at noon .. you can't breath ..average human can't stay outside conditioned buildings for a long time in such circumstances.
  8. Official website http://www.lausanne2020.com
  9. Official website: http://www.baku2015.com/default.aspx Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/baku2015 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/baku2015official Twitter: https://twitter.com/BakuGames2015 700 Days to go..
  10. Tokyo 2020 Departs for ANOCA to Build on Further Momentum in Africa Tokyo, 10 July 2013 - Senior members of the Tokyo 2020 delegation departed for Abidjan, Ivory Coast today, to attend the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) General Assembly. The attendees are: - Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) - Masato Mizuno, Tokyo 2020 CEO - Yuko Arakida, Tokyo 2020 Sports Director Tsunekazu Takeda said: "We look forward to attending the ANOCA General Assembly in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Japan values its strong relationships with African nations and is proud to be a key partner of Africa, providing support across a range of economic, educational and sports initiatives. We embrace our cooperative friendship with Africa. "Under a long-term commitment to international sport’s development and increased access worldwide, Japan has sent more than 520 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) sports volunteers across the length and breadth of Africa. Also, the Japan Foundation has initiated 160 sports-related projects over the last 20 years, including the provision of approximately 10,000 judo uniforms across the continent. "I enthusiastically welcomed the announcement made by Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, a Skeet Shooting Olympian at the Montreal 1976 Games, at the 2020 Candidate City Briefing in Lausanne regarding ‘Sport for Tomorrow’, a far-reaching initiative that demonstrates once again Japan’s deep commitment to promoting the Olympic Movement worldwide. "I look forward to meeting with my friends from Africa at the ANOCA meeting to exchange fruitful ideas and contribute to long-term friendship and mutual prosperity." SportsFeatures
  11. Here it is .. the full version of the closing ceremony..!
  12. This video was uploaded 8 hours ago still no full version for the Closing Ceremony note that the full video of the Opening Ceremony was Uploaded on 3 July .. 4 days after the event so keep checking their channel .. they could upload it in the upcoming days
  13. Harness racing row goes to Prince Imran Matthew Killoran | 03:34pm July 8, 2013 THE Gold Coast Harness Racing Club has written to Commonwealth Games Federation boss Prince Tunku Imran asking him to delay construction of the athletes village, because the organisation will be homeless once the bulldozers roll in. Harness racing boss Barry Grimsey called on Prince Imran to intervene and threatened that the club would use whatever legal means it had at its disposal to delay work on the village, which will be built at Parklands. The club is based at Parklands and argues it will be left with nowhere to go when construction starts in October on the village, which will house participants in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. After the Games the 29.4ha site -- next to the new $1.7 billion Gold Coast University Hospital -- will become a commercial health and knowledge precinct. The club is demanding new land or compensation and is expected to lodge a legal claim with the courts this month. The fiery letter has also been sent to the heads of other Commonwealth Games organisations around the world. Mr Grimsey said he sent the letter because he felt the State Government had been ignoring the club. "If they can't come to the party I will do my damnedest to put a spanner in the works for the Games," he said. In the letter, Mr Grimsey said he was bitterly disappointed with the way the club had been treated by the Queensland Government. "As a sporting organisation at a very high level you should be appalled that a local sport is being destroyed to make way for an international event, your Commonwealth Games," he wrote. Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey would not comment on whether the letter would have an impact on the city's reputation with the Commonwealth Games Federation or if any legal action could delay construction of the village. She said it was a matter for Racing Queensland. A Racing Queensland spokeswoman said the organisation was still working through a solution for the club. A spokeswoman for Racing Minister Steve Dickson said they could not comment as it had become a legal matter. A Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation spokeswoman said the federation had responded to a previous letter from Mr Grimsey, saying the dispute was between the club and government. Gold Coast
  14. Unfortunately no update .. and we don't have any official source to know any news about the construction.
  15. This is the video of the whole Ceremony Torch Relay Highlights
  16. From 29 June to 6 July the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games was held in Incheon The Opening Ceremony Torch lighting
  17. 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup: Canada 0–1 Martinique Mexico 1–2 Panama

    1. deawebo


      Wow! That Panama win makes me so happy LOL

    2. DannyelBrazil
  18. From Oceania we have 6 ( 3 from Australia, 2 New Zealanders and one from Fiji ) 6 votes for Tokyo from North America we have 3 from the US and 2 Canadians if they take 2024 into consideration they will vote for Madrid or Istanbul Latin America for Madrid in the first round .. their second vote is unpredictable for the Muslims we have Tamim al-Thani the Ruler of Qatar if he will be there and Haya bint Al Hussein Dubai Ruler wife and Jordan King sister their votes will go to Madrid Haya brother Faisal is also a member represent JordanIstanbul will kill any near future bid from Doha/Dubai and Tokyo is Asian the best is Madrid for them and a Syrian member who could vote against Istanbul Nawal could vote for Madrid and maybe Tokyo which could help any Moroccan bids for 2024/28 Ahmad Al-Fahad for Tokyo as president of the Olympic Council of Asia the other 3 Arabian votes still doubt they will choose Istanbul especially if they support Doha/Dubai or Rabat/Casablanca for future editions one from Lebanon but he is not Muslim there is two Muslims from Pakistan and Malaysia could vote for Istanbul maybe the African Muslims will vote for Istanbul from Europe we have three countries could play against Madrid/Istanbul if they want a chance to host the 2024 edition they have 8 members ( 2 Germans, 3 Italians and 3 French ) the rest of Europeans and majority of the African and Caribbean votes are unpredictable
  19. In the official list 2 from New Zealand Barbara Kendall since 2011 and Barry Maister since 2010 and one honorary member. from the Pacific we have Robin Mitchell from Fiji.. by the way there is no chilean members from Australia we have 3 Richard Gosper since 1977 John Coates since 2001 and James Tomkins since last Wednesday. I think most of Asian votes will go to Tokyo maybe except the Chinese and Taiwanese members. there is another question .. what is their second choice if Tokyo lost in the first round?
  20. Olympics kiwis seem to favour Tokyo for 2020 By Sam Thompson 2:24 PM Saturday Jul 6, 2013 Tokyo appears to be the favoured option for New Zealand IOC members as the host city for the 2020 Olympics. The big powers of the Olympic world have heard pitches from Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid who are all bidding to host the Games. Barry Maister is in Lausanne and says all the pitches were first class. He says Tokyo is in their time zone and geographical space and for the Kiwi athletes it's probably the best. The 2020 host city, new president and new sport will all be decided in a meeting in Buenos Aires in September. The New Zealand Herald
  21. Here in the official website: http://www.jojba2018.org/programa_deportivo.php
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