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  1. How are the BBC covering this event in the UK, with a lot of the events taking place during the night? Some sort of extensive highlights show every evening in addition to live coverage?
  2. How are the BBC covering this event in the UK, with a lot of the events taking place during the night? Some sort of extensive highlights show every evening in addition to live coverage?
  3. Where was the Olympic Stadium in Paris 1900? What is it today?
  4. What do we think will happen in the event of Durban being stripped? London 2022???
  5. Rugby World Cup: Ireland launch bid for 2023 tournament https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjLvuO4kqvQAhWpC8AKHcjBCooQqQIILDAD&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rte.ie%2Fsport%2Frugby%2F2016%2F1115%2F831872-world-cup%2F&usg=AFQjCNH_OYICD14O_J8ABoehdw4_LPeg_A
  6. Minsk, Belarus will host the 2019 European Games. http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1042849/minsk-to-host-2019-european-games-after-belarus-president-confirms-they-will-organise-it
  7. How many Gold medals where Brazil expecting? They have 3 already, with 5 being their record. Some disappointment with the women's football and volleyball out. However they are in both beach volleyball finals, and the the men's football team remains.
  8. From wikipedia (which wasn't all correct) Cycling: Tejay van Garderen[1] Golf: Jason Day[2] Branden Grace[3] Dustin Johnson[4] Shane Lowry[5] Rory McIlroy[6] Marc Leishman[7] Charl Schwartzel[8] Angelo Que[9] Vijay Singh[10] Jordan Spieth[11] Hideki Matsuyama Tennis: Milos Raonic[13] Tomas Berdych[14] Alexandr Dolgopolov[15] The Bryan brothers[16] Simona Halep[14] Karolína Plíšková[17]
  9. https://t.co/pGZZKjoidA Paddy Barnes confirmed for Ireland https://t.co/pGZZKjoidA
  10. https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiCh4CbiqLMAhWlDMAKHdASAVAQqQIIHzAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theguardian.com%2Fcommentisfree%2F2016%2Fapr%2F21%2Fdilma-rousseff-enemies-impeached-brazil&usg=AFQjCNHb1EHZ0sm7LjH075qULj7JqK0sQg
  11. What does he mean by temporary installation. Will it not be a swimming venue post Olympics? Or will it get a new pool? ---------- Stephen Wade ‏@StephenWadeAP Apr 4 One more of swim venue for Rio Olympics. Venue still under construction. Pool itself is temporary installation. --------------------------------------------------
  12. Any recent news on what overage players the teams will select? The Copa America being held this summer (June) causes problems. Normally the South American teams would have a free hand on which overage players to select however most clubs don't want players playing both tournaments.
  13. What are the Best and Worst Olympic Legacies in your opinion? Many factors to consider: Venues: White Elephants or thriving stadiums? Sports: Increase in participation + legacy for elite athletes? Economy: Boost or Bust? Environment: eg. Did Beijing smog decrease? Transport? Improved facilites What about human rights/democracies? Did 88 bring democracy to Seoul? Anything else you want to consider? Barcelona is considered one of the best, turned the city into a European hotpot https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=17&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjbn-XM_OrLAhWEaRQKHZKJCnI4ChAWCDUwBg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.timeout.com%2Ftravel%2Ffeatures%2F1195%2Fchampioning-barcelonas-olympic-legacy&usg=AFQjCNGwoOffMvWxf_WKhY_ReNvq_zeNQg&bvm=bv.118353311,d.ZWU. Could Rio Good summary https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwizyJ75-urLAhXF2hoKHZKSBjkQFgg5MAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.independent.co.uk%2Fsport%2Folympics%2Fafter-the-party-what-happens-when-the-olympics-leave-town-901629.html&usg=AFQjCNHa6afaDg2NuvZEHiXlOCWAwz5eXg&bvm=bv.118353311,d.ZWU
  14. West Ham increase capacity of Olympic Stadium to 60,000 due to demand https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjay8W4jNnLAhVCUhQKHTgTCh4QqQIIHTAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theguardian.com%2Ffootball%2F2016%2Fmar%2F24%2Fwest-ham-united-olympic-stadium-increase-capacity-60000&usg=AFQjCNFVSrLgISKXLiiZXTMLl8LjTKevsg&bvm=bv.117604692,d.ZWU
  15. Rome 1960- Lazio/Roma and many other events Melbourne 1956- MCG (countless teams) Helsinki 1952- National Foortball team (currently being renovated London 1948- Wembley rebuilt Berlin 1936- Hertha Berlin LA 32- same as 84 Amsterdam 28- next use will be this summer's European Athletics championships Paris 24- lower league football Antwerp 20-lower league football Stockholm 12- Women's football London 08- demolished, had great use though St.Louis 04- Washington University Paris 00- ???? Athens 96 There is a second team in the city, Espanyol. They played in the Olympic stadium between 1997 and 2009 I think, in 2009 they moved into a new 40,000 stadium.
  16. Glasgow will be hosting the Inaugural European Sports championships. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Sports_Championships ''The European Sports Championships is a multi-sport event involving the co-branding of the individual European championships of some of the leading sports in Europe. It is organized by the individual continental federations of those sports under a single brand. This competition is not related to the European Games which are organised in the Olympic tradition by the European Olympic Committees.'' So in 2018 Glasgow will have the European Aquatics champions, the Europe Track Cycling championships, the Gymnastics championships.
  17. What is the legacy of Sochi's Olympic Park Venues? Are they White Elephants?
  18. Ireland v Wales (6 Nations Rugby) 3pm Manchester United v Chelsea (Premier League) 4pm Super Bowl: Panthers v Bronocs
  19. http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1033909/northern-ireland-awarded-2021-commonwealth-youth-games https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=18&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj73LmRw9bKAhUJtxoKHe2wBfYQFghcMBE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FCommonwealth_Youth_Games&usg=AFQjCNEFQHBnCfOA4bpNSskGJza3yeszXw&bvm=bv.113034660,d.ZWU Northern Ireland has been chosen as the host nation of the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games, it was announced today. The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has confirmed the decision to award them the event in five years’ time, which had been widely expected. The country was the only bidder for the Games following the withdrawals of Jersey and Botswana. The Bahamas was recently awarded the 2017 Games. Both countries were unanimously selected for the respective events at the CGF’s Executive Board meeting, held in Gibraltar last Friday (January 29). Sporting competition at the 2021 Games is expected to be held in capital city Belfast, with the official programme for the event due to be released in the near future following consultation between the various stakeholders. Belfast’s Mary Peters Track could be used to stage athletics, while Bangor’s Aurora pool has reportedly been earmarked as a potential venue for swimming. The athletics facility is named after Dame Mary, the 76-year-old who is one of the country's best known and respected figures after she won the Olympic gold medal in the pentathlon at the Games in Munich in 1972. The Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council (NICGC) has been working on its bid for over a year and the CGF claim they have given the promise of an inclusive and accessible event, focused on ensuring staging the Games lays a platform for Northern Ireland to continue to perform at the elite level in the future. The Commonwealth Youth Games is contested by athletes aged 14 to 18 and 1,000 competitors are set to descend on Northern Ireland for the seventh edition of the event. Those who compete at the Games are likely to be housed in university accommodation as part of a commitment from the host nation to keep the costs of staging the competition, which is set to be held in July in a bid to allow as many youngsters to watch the action as possible, to a minimum. "I am thrilled to announce that the Executive Board of the Commonwealth Games Federation has unanimously voted to award the 2021 edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games to Northern Ireland,” CGF President Louise Martin said. “The Commonwealth Youth Games are an important and inspiring demonstration of the connecting and life-changing power of sport to bring people and different communities together. "As Samoa showed us last year, hosting a special sporting occasion like the Youth Games empowers even the smallest nations to have a profound and distinctive impact – not just on their own young people or their own communities – but on an international scale. “The Commonwealth Games Federation looks forward to working in close partnership with you to realise your ambitions to write a proud and ambitious new chapter in Northern Ireland’s history through the unifying power of sport.” Northern Ireland have achieved at least one medal at each edition of the Commonwealth Games since 1954 and the country finished eighth on the medals table at the last Commonwealth Youth Games, held in Samoa in September of last year. The country has a population of around two million people and makes up part of the United Kingdom along with England, Scotland and Wales. “On behalf of the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council I'm delighted to accept this offer to host the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2021,” NICGC chairman Robert McVeigh added. “This is a hugely significant day for local sport; the result of many years of lobbying and hard work. “It offers a great opportunity for children of upper primary school and year eight age to strive towards being part of the largest ever TeamNI at a Commonwealth Youth Games. “We look forward to the tremendous support for which the Northern Ireland public is renowned.”
  20. Good chance for Fiji to get their first ever Olympic medal. In terms of big names https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjRh7aH88nKAhXCNSYKHQGUD20QFgg4MAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fsport%2Frugby-union%2F34957613&usg=AFQjCNEowuZFcTyDMuCtDsagtVscrm4QLw Sonny Bill Williams has won two Rugby World Cups, been named the best rugby league player in the world and won the New Zealand heavyweight boxing title. But there is still a hole in his sporting CV. A hole that can only be filled by five big rings. "Going back in time the best sportsmen ever have been Olympians," said the 30-year-old as he announced he would dedicate himself to being part of rugby sevens' debut at Rio 2016. "Usain Bolt, Muhammad Ali, the list goes on. It's just an amazing opportunity to become one of those." This weekend is the start of that journey as Williams - a little more than a month after lifting the Webb Ellis Cup - heads to Dubai for the first event of the globe-trotting Sevens World Series. This is not one of six World Series events that Williams aims to play in. Instead he has cut short his off-season to meet his new team-mates and learn the seven-a-side game from the sidelines. And he is not the only 15-a-side star aiming to be part of rugby's new frontier. Who might make the switch?On his flight to the Middle East from Sydney, Williams bumped into Australia fly-half Quade Cooper, the pair tweeting pictures of themselves grinning away in business class. Cooper was en route back to French club Toulon rather than stopping off in Dubai for the sevens. But he is determined to be on the plane to Rio. Sonny Bill Williams and Quade Cooper catch up as they take off from SydneyHis contract negotiations with Toulon's hard-ball president Mourad Boudjellal were long and laborious as Cooper successfully fought for the chance to play sevens for Australia alongside his club commitments. When he lands in the south of France, Cooper might discuss his summer plans with new club team-mate Bryan Habana. The Springboks leading try scorer, along with fellow World Cup stars Damian de Allende and Lwazi Mvovo, was invited to train with the South Africa sevens team in November as coach Neil Powell considers whether to import 15-a-side specialists into his Olympic side. Cooper's international team-mates Bernard Foley and Israel Folau have opted for short stints in Japanese club rugby and will make a decision on whether to try their hand at sevens when they return early in 2016. Winger Henry Speight, also part of the Wallabies squad at the World Cup, has already made the switch and is in the Australia squad for the Dubai event. Flanker Liam Messam - another of the All Blacks World Cup-winning squad - has joined Williams in focusing solely on sevens this season. A 20-year-old Bryan Habana (right) plays sevens against Tonga in February 2004And Argentina winger Santiago Cordero - one of the stars of the Pumas' run to the World Cup semi-finals - is likely to be part of their Rio effort after signing a central contract with his country. Montpellier flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo and Castres winger Remy Grossohelped France secure their place at Rio in the summer before joining their country's Rugby World Cup squad. All those format flip-floppers will have to contend with sevens specialists, men who understand the game's cagey, contact-averse tactics and lactic-heavy physical demands. What of Team GB?Wales wing George North has mused on the possibility of joining cyclist girlfriend Becky James in a British Olympic team. Danny Cipriani is interested in being involved after his maverick talents were deemed surplus to England's World Cup requirements. Full-back Stuart Hogg's electric running and courageous tackling for Scotland would surely transfer well to the seven-a-side game. The names come easily. The reality is more complicated. Great Britain qualified for Rio 2016 on the back of England's top-four finish in last season's Sevens World Series and the team will be made up of the best players from England, Scotland and Wales at Rio. However, the chances of recruiting 15-a-side superstars to concentrate on sevens - as Williams has done - is a non-starter for Team GB as they don't have central contracts, while clubs are understandably keen their employees focus on their well-paid day jobs. English club Wasps have indicated that they - and the rest of the Premiership - will adhere to the regulations and only release players two weeks before the tournament. Barring an unforeseen bout of Olympic enthusiasm from clubs in the midst of trying domestic and European campaigns, Great Britain coach Simon Amor is likely to have to wait until the second-tier European Grand Prix Sevens series at least before he can welcome 15-a-side players into the fold. The final leg of that series will take place in Exeter on 9-10 July and Great Britain are hoping their involvement will be confirmed before the end of this year. Amor will then be faced with the unenviable task of condensing players from three different nations and two different formats into one team in less than a month. Another gender, another planetWhat Amor would give for the access that Simon Middleton, coach of Great Britain's women's team, has to 15-a-side specialists. A week after England won the Women's Rugby World Cup in August 2014, the Rugby Football Union - mindful of the funding that potential Olympic medals bring to women's rugby - handed 12 of that squad and another eight players contracts to concentrate on sevens full-time. Emily Scarratt, who scored 16 points in that 21-9 World Cup final win over Canada, is captaining England in Dubai, with another five of that historic squad also involved. A Great Britain select seven - including Scots Steph Johnston and Megan Gaffney - also played in an invitational tournament running alongside the main Women's Sevens Series event. Whoever is picked for Rio though, New Zealand will be overwhelming favourites for gold. They have won all three of the Women's World Series titles since the it was introduced in 2012. This season, they have a new recruit with Niall Williams, sister of Sonny Bill, making her debut in Dubai.
  21. and then there were five again??? Something of nothing most likely. (Not even the stoy just the mention of a rumor) https://t.co/Nq2QsYz4fP Irish Times If true I can only assume it would be for publicity if the city. Arguably not feasible in any way, never mind having any hope of beating Paris or LA
  22. After the Olympics, what will the stadium be used for? or what could it be used for?
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