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  1. Congratulations Tokyo. See you in......
  2. Host city winner Madrid How many voting rounds to decide the winner 1 Which sport will be added wrestling Who will be the new IOC president X
  3. Sub Categories: » HOMEPAGE / TURKEY/ POLITICS Tuesday,August 27 2013 Turkish PM promises separate pools for men and womenRİZE - Hürriyet Daily News Print PageSend to friend » Share The prime minister accused global powers of being against 'Turkey’s rising power.' DHA photo Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised to bring separate Olympic pools for men and women to the Black Seaprovince of Rize, during a speech on Aug. 26. The prime minister was praising Rize’s football team, which was recently promoted to the top national league, when he said more services would be brought to theBlack Sea city, including Olympic pools. “It will not just be football. Hopefully [it will be] basketball and swimming too. We will also build Olympic pools for men and women too,” Erdoğan said, adding that such moves would “prevent Rize youth from acquiring bad habits.” “Rize will also have a rising graphic among other universities. It will get much better with high schools and imam hatips,” he added, in reference to the religious-based schools that are set to take become more prominent due to recent legislative changes. Strong Turkey Erdoğan’s speech also touched upon the ongoing crises in Syria and Egypt as the prime minister continued his fiery rhetoric against "Western powers." He mentioned the recent alleged chemical attack in Syria, and the death of the 17-year-old Esra in Egypt, who he said was “defending the honor of her and her family’s vote.” The prime minister accused global powers of being against "Turkey’s rising power," saying they were frightened by "the rising of history." “We are working hard, and we will work even harder,” Erdoğan said. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-promises-separate-pools-for-men-and-women.aspx?pageID=238&nID=53257&NewsCatID=338 Well done!!!
  4. Pass the baton to Madrid Honourable Members of the IOC, I am writing to you to add my voice to those more knowledgeable and authorized, who, next Wednesday will defend Madrid’s candidacy for the 2020 Games before your General Assembly in Lausanne. I have no other entitlement to do this other than that of being the senior director of Spanish newspapers, and maybe the senior too in the democratic world, as I have 33 years experience competing sportingly for the readers’ trust. But I know enough regarding the Olympic Movement to affirm that, just as you never yield to any kind of power, virtually anyone at all can contribute to the shaping of your criteria and the foundation of your decisions. This has been the key to transforming the Olympics into one of the world's main driving forces: you have always listened to everyone. From the Heads of State seating in the stadium boxes to the everyday folk in the stands. From the typical fans to the well-versed experts. No other institution has so openly promoted the debates which affect it -professionalism, sponsorship, doping, marketing, politicisation of sports- as has the International Olympic Committee. And it is that permeability, that lack of prejudice, that surprising capacity for change and adaptation that has enabled you to overcome all crises, both internal and external, with unprecedented vitality and strength. "Each one of you alone responds before your own conscience with your secret, non-transferable vote" You are the guardians of the flame, the keepers of a legend that embodies the best of humankind during a particularly tumultuous period of our civilisation. Each and every one of you wishes the best for the Olympic Movement because you know that promoting competition and fair contest in sports is a form of safeguarding the good of humanity. My trust lies in this ideal because I believe that, from the modesty of a mere parishioner writing to the hierarchy, I can help you achieve this. Although you decide collectively, each one of you alone responds before your own conscience with your secret, non-transferable vote. It is for that reason you have been compared so many times to the cardinals of the Catholic Church when they meet in a conclave to elect the new Pope. Normally you do not choose a person, but rather a city, but this time, in September in Buenos Aires, you will not only have to select the venue for the 2020 Games but also the new president of the Committee. Therefore, what is in your hands, twice over, is the continuity of the golden age of the Olympic Movement forged during the presidencies of Juan Antonio Samaranch and Jacques Rogge. Now I will explain why I think Madrid could be the link to guarantee the continuation of this chain of splendour. But let me first recount the parallels between the major religions and the IOC, with the help of something that I experienced personally during the Atlanta Games. Without carefully choosing his words, president Samaranch declared in a radio broadcast that the Olympics were "more important" than Catholicism because they had "more followers". This irritated archbishop John Donahue, who then forbade a Mexican priest to say Mass in the Olympic Suite of the Marriott Hotel. As his old friend, I accompanied Samaranch to the archbishop's residence. He was worried about the repercussions of the incident and didn't know exactly how to work out the situation. He had decided to give him all types of explanations and even apologise, but was unsure whether that would be enough to placate the archbishop. We arrived at the archbishop's elegant residence on Wesley Street and I stayed in the entrance hall. The meeting went on longer than it should have, but Samaranch came out smiling. Once in the car, he explained to his secretary and I the key to the agreement: - Three tickets for the closing ceremony and three for the athletics on Saturday... Annie, don't forget to send them to the archbishop tomorrow without fail. Are you aware that these days there is not one political or religious leader able to resist the fascination of the Olympic Movement? Sports policies are a priority for any government which prides itself on working for the welfare of its citizens who live and breathe sport with the same spirit as a religion. I witnessed in Los Angeles and Barcelona, in Atlanta and in Sydney, how president Samaranch’s secretary, the French Basque Annie Intxauspe, distributed IOC pins on the streets as if they were relics of saints. "Madrid has attempted to claim this honour three times consecutively and three times consecutively it has surpassed the IOC requirements" History has shown us too many times how a spiritual impulse can result in fanaticism and tragedy. That is why it is so important for you to ensure that the Olympic Movement continues being an instrument of universal accord and a source of positive values and good examples for the young, especially in times of crisis during which one finds so many motives for nihilism and desperation. Everything largely depends which you know only too well on being good at the relay in that endless pilgrimage which carries the Olympic torch, from city to city, to all confines of the world. Madrid has attempted to claim this honour three times consecutively and three times consecutively it has surpassed the IOC requirements and has been proclaimed finalist. A la tercera va la vencida, "third time lucky" as we say in Spanish; and it is just that you make this saying reality. Ask anyone about the newspaper EL MUNDO. Some will speak well of it, others badly; but everyone will say that we are at the service of no one. Instead, everyone will agree that we usually rather annoy anyone in power and that our principal obsession is to regenerate the democracy and defend the rights of the citizens. No one asked me to write this article. Moreover, I would rather the Olympic Movement prevail over the city where I live, since in this planet of ideas we all inhabit an identical world. But from this independent and unselfish standpoint, I want you to know that Madrid is a sure bet and full of potential to achieve the aims of the IOC. Actually, the cosmopolitan, multi-cultural and multi-racial Madrid, over-flowing with and welcoming to tourism, open to immigration, the connecting heart of everything, for everyone, has for a long time been Olympic, without knowing it. Only the intimate connection between president Samaranch and his home city can explain how Spain’s capital took a back seat and generously gave way to help Barcelona win the bid for the Games of '92. In 2020, 28 years will have passed since then, more than double the interval between the Los Angeles and Atlanta Games; and Madrid will continue being the only great capital of the developed world that after thirty one Olympiads in the modern era has not yet been a venue for the Games. Although historical justice is one of the most important values which the IOC must endorse, it is not only to that said justice which I appeal. You already have the thorough report made by the Evaluation Committee. To some extent, president Rogge appeared to foresee its conclusions when, in March, he summarised the extensive interview which he gave to EL MUNDO in an eloquent phrase: "Now you are ready". I would like to add that this time the tenacity and solvency with which Madrid has been pursuing to be elected as venue for the Games has given it the advantage of having most of the necessary facilities and infrastructure already in place and all "outstanding tasks" already approved. The Evaluation Committee confirmed that the majority of venues for the competitions are finished and range between suitable and spectacular; that the hotel offering is sufficient, sound and affordable; that the transport and communication networks border on perfection; that the Olympic Village proposal is impeccable; that the media will have at their disposal all material comforts and the latest advances in technology; that the Paralympic Games will be hosted in an environment of solidarity in a city which has strived to facilitate disabled access; and that there is not even one objection to the new Anti-doping Law. "But there is more still. Something that a visitor can only capture partially: the spirit of the people" But there is more still. Something that a visitor can only capture partially: the spirit of the people. That is why I want to ask you to dedicate two minutes to the video of the Sports Nightwhich was organised by the newspaper Marca –also part of our group– on the 22nd June for its 75th anniversary with the enthusiastic participation of Mayoress Ana Botella. More than 50,000 inhabitants of Madrid ran, jumped, did gymnastics and played volleyball and table tennis around the Puerta del Sol square, the Cibeles Fountain, the Retiro Park and other well-known sights around the city. Look carefully at the faces because the common denominator was the support for the Madrid 2020 candidacy, led not by a politician –for once politicians are giving their full support without demanding the leadership in return– but rather by a sportsman, a member of the Olympic family, a competent, accessible and modest worker like Alejandro Blanco. The Sports Night was a small preview of the attitude that Madrid will adopt if it is chosen to host the Games. Whilst in other places in the world, the streets served as the scene for demonstrations by angry protestors, in Madrid they became a gigantic multi-disciplinary stadium of Olympic sports lovers. And if it was like that amidst an economic crisis, with high youth unemployment rates, imagine the explosion of enthusiasm that will be seen within the next seven years once we have overcome this period of instability. I’m not going to talk to you regarding the Barcelona Games because my experience could seem biased –it was the golden city of my childhood– and '92 is quite a long time ago now. But I will talk to you about something which happened on the other side of the world. If you want to experience a Games as well organised, exciting, sophisticated and exemplary like Sydney, pass the baton to Madrid this time. And if you have any doubt, put yourselves in the shoes of the people of Madrid and their leaders who, after having missed out on selection in Singapore by only one vote, presented themselves for candidacy again, despite the logic that after London it would be difficult to choose another European city. And if you still have a doubt, put yourselves in their shoes again when, after having lost to Río in Copenhagen, they returned to present themselves for candidacy again, despite the difficulties of the economic crisis and having lost twice already. And if you remain doubting still, remember the dialogue between Harold Abrahams and his girlfriend Sybil Gordon in 'Chariots of Fire': - If I can’t win, I won’t run! - If you don’t run, you can’t win. Madrid has proved to you once and again that it knows how to take part. Now we will prove that we also know how to win. http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2013/07/01/madrid/1372663518.html
  5. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jun/27/turkish-government-heads-twitter-showdown The Turkish government is heading towards a showdown with Twitter after asking it to set up a "representative office" inside the country. The move could presage censorship of the microblogging service it has accused of helping stir weeks of anti-administration protests. The government hinted that it might even ban communications using the service if it did not comply — as happened when it blocked Google's YouTube video site for two years until the search giant opened an office there last October. While mainstream Turkish media largely ignored the protests during the early days of the unrest, social networking sites including Twitter and Facebook emerged as the main outlets for Turks opposed to the government. But the Turkish transport and communications minister Binali Yildirim told reporters on Wednesday that without a corporate presence in the country, the Turkish government could not quickly reach Twitter officials with orders to take down content or with requests for user data. "When information is requested, we want to see someone in Turkey who can provide this ... there needs to be an interlocutor we can put our grievance to and who can correct an error if there is one," Yildirim said. "We have told all social media that ... if you operate in Turkey you must comply with Turkish law." Twitter declined to respond to the government request on Wednesday, but a person familiar with the company's thinking said it had no current plans to open an office in that country. While Ankara had no problems with Facebook, which had been working with Turkish authorities for a while and had representatives inside Turkey, Yildirim said it had not seen a "positive approach" from Twitter after Turkey issued the "necessary warnings" to the site. "Twitter will probably comply, too. Otherwise this is a situation that cannot be sustained," he said, without elaborating, although he stressed the aim was not to limit social media. An official at the ministry, who asked not to be named, said the government had asked Twitter to reveal the identities of users who posted messages deemed insulting to the government or prime minister, or that flouted people's personal rights. It was not immediately clear whether Twitter had responded. The company's general policy is to protect users' identities unless it receives binding decisions from a court; in the US it has fought against orders to reveal user details. Facebook said in a statement that it had not provided user data to Turkish authorities in response to government requests over the protests and said it was concerned about proposals indicating that internetcompanies may have to provide data more frequently. Scourge — or saviour?In the midst of some of the country's worst political upheaval in years, the Turkish prime minister, Tayyip Erdogan, has described sites like Twitter as a "scourge," although senior members of his party are regular users. He has said such websites were used to spread lies about the government with the aim of terrorising society. Police detained several dozen people suspected of inciting unrest on social media during the protests, according to local reports. Apparently in response to the crackdown, apps offering secure connections from Turkey through encrypted systems saw rapid growth in use during the protests. Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Twitter's chief executive Dick Costolo said on Wednesday that he had been observing the developments in Turkey, but emphasised that Twitter had played a hands-off role in the political debate. "We don't say, 'Well, if you believe this, you can't use our platform for that,'" Costolo said. "You can use our platform to say what you believe, and that's what the people of Turkey ... are using the platform for. The platform itself doesn't have any perspective on these things." Turkey's interior minister had previously said the government was working on new regulations that would target so-called "provocateurs" on social media, but there have been few details on what the laws would entail. One source with knowledge of the matter said the justice ministry had proposed a regulation whereby any Turk wishing to open a Twitter account would have to enter their national identification number, but this had been rejected by the transport ministry as being technically unfeasible. Last year, Twitter introduced a feature called "Country Withheld Content"that allows it to block tweets considered illegal in a specific country from appearing in that country; it caused some concern among users, though the company emphasises that people trying to view the tweet would be told that it had been blocked, rather than it silently vanishing from its feed. Twitter implemented the feature for the first time in October in response to a request by German authorities, blocking messages in Germany by a right-wing group banned by police. Turkey said last year that it had won a long-running battle to persuade Google-owned YouTube to operate under a Turkish internet domain, giving Ankara more control over the video-sharing website and requiring the company to pay Turkish taxes. In October, Google opened an office in Istanbul. Turkey banned the popular website for more than two years in 2008 after users posted videos the government deemed insulting to the republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Rights groups have long pressed Turkey to reform strict internet laws, while analysts have criticised the ease with which citizens and politicians can apply to have a website banned. Turkey cites offences including child pornography and insulting Ataturk to justify blocking websites.
  6. It's the perfect time to Madrid. After the riots in Brazil or Turkey. The IOC needs a safe bid. We are in difficult times and would be an example for the world the Olympics with low budget. Also Madrid is investing for the Olympic Games for 10 years ago....
  7. Linkin Park. MTV Europe at Puerta de Alcala. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4iAyTVt_AQ&feature=share&list=PLf9FE3Fx2nUiH55n3VChUXl4HHoZnIqf5
  8. I dont think so... Nadal is a great support of Madrid2020. Nadal: “No city deserves the Games more than Madrid”http://www.madrid2020.es/en/nadal-no-city-deserves-the-games-more-than-madrid/ In Spanish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTtW20B7pT0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz-mn3kwMDs
  9. Rafael Nadal seeks history against David Ferrer at French OpenBy Piers NewberyBBC Sport at Roland Garros FRENCH OPEN FINALVenue: Roland Garros, Paris Date: Sunday, 9 June Time: 14:00 BST Coverage: Live radio and text commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Sport website, mobiles and the BBC Sport app Rafael Nadal will become the first man to win a Grand Slam singles title eight times if he beats David Ferrer in Sunday's French Open final. The seven-time champion takes a 58-1 record at Roland Garros into the match against his fellow Spaniard. "It will be a great day for the sport in Spain," said Nadal. "It's very difficult to have two Spanish players in the final, so it's fantastic news." Nadal v Ferrer: head-to-head 27 Age 31 19 Matches won 4 56 Career titles 20 11 Grand Slam titles 0 7 French Open titles 0 6 Titles this season 2 World number five Ferrer, 31, will be playing in his first Grand Slam final. He faces a daunting task against the man who has dominated the French Open for almost a decade, and against whom he has just four wins in 23 meetings. "I know he's the favourite, but I am going to be focused every point," said Ferrer. "I will try to do my best. "I am not thinking about Rafael, whether he's better than me or not. I will try to fight a lot and to play a very good match." Victory on Sunday would take Nadal past the likes of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, both seven-time winners at Wimbledon, as the only eight-time champion of a Grand Slam in men's tennis. The Majorcan, 27, returns to a major final for the first time since Paris last year. He spent more than seven months out with a serious knee injury after Wimbledon, only returning in February. Since then he has won six of the eight tournaments in which he has competed. "I don't feel like the favourite," said Nadal. "I feel that I am a finalist. I arrived to the final playing well. I improved a little bit in every match during the tournament. "That's important, to arrive to the final with the right feelings, but he [Ferrer] didn't lose a set during the whole tournament, so he's a player that brings you to the limit. Rafa rules at Roland GarrosRafael Nadal has lost just once in his 59 matches at Roland Garros - a fourth-round loss to Sweden's Robin Soderling in 2009 Nadal has won his last 16 matches against Ferrer on clay A win on Sunday will be Nadal's 59th at Roland Garros - more than any other player in French Open history "He's a player that if you are not playing perfect, you will be in big, big trouble." Nadal has known Ferrer for around 10 years and the pair are Davis Cup colleagues, as well as spending a lot of time in each other's company on tour, often passing the time playing video games. "The person who is not respecting David as one of the greatest players of the world - and not for one year, for a long time - doesn't know anything about tennis," said Nadal. The only time Ferrer has beaten Nadal on clay was their first match in 2004, when Nadal was 18, but the man from Valencia takes some encouragement from their last meeting in Rome last month. "It is very difficult to beat Rafael on all the surfaces, but on a clay court it is more difficult," said Ferrer. "I think I need to play my best tennis to beat him. In Rome I played a very good game; I played very aggressive all the match, and finally I lost with him because he was better."
  10. terrorism? extremist? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22774501
  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hncxW05nvoU Iluminate the Future.
  12. We can see photos about Madrid 2020 here: http://www.abc.es/fotos-madrid/20130315/proyecto-madrid-2020-sobre-116846.html
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