Summer Olympics http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23865/all en Olympics-Quake fears are not a factor, says Tokyo bid chief http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/olympics-quake-fears-are-not-factor-says-tokyo-bid-chief <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Alastair Himmer</p> <p>TOKYO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Concerns that a major earthquake could strike during the 2020 Olympics will not affect Tokyo's chances of hosting the Games, the city's bid leader said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Tokyo tiptoed into the bidding race after losing out to Rio de Janeiro for 2016 and with the country still recovering from a deadly tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis in 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/olympics-quake-fears-are-not-factor-says-tokyo-bid-chief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Japanese Olympic Committee National Olympic Stadium Natural Disaster Olympic Games Person Career Quotation Sport in Japan Sports Summer Olympic Games Summer Olympics Summer Olympics bids Tokyo Tokyo bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:52:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731488 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics-Cash-strapped Madrid ready to host Games, bid team say http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/olympics-cash-strapped-madrid-ready-host-games-bid-team-say <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Iain Rogers</p> <p>MADRID, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Madrid will be capable of staging a successful 2020 Olympics despite the parlous state of Spain's finances, officials behind the city's bid said on Tuesday.</p> <p>"Today the biggest weakness we have is the economy but we can overcome it," Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) president Alejandro Blanco told a news conference, a day after Madrid's bid dossier was handed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/olympics-cash-strapped-madrid-ready-host-games-bid-team-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alejandro Blanco Business Candidate Position Community of Madrid Geography of Europe International Olympic Committee Madrid Madrid bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics Madrid bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics Olympic Games Person Career Quotation Sports Summer Olympics Summer Olympics bids Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:45:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731606 at http://www.globalpost.com Suppliers get belated shot at London Olympic gold http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/suppliers-get-belated-shot-at-london-olympic-gold <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Keith Weir</p> <p>LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - British businesses denied a chance to trumpet their role in the 2012 Olympics because of strict sponsorship rules have been cleared to promote their involvement in the Games.</p> <p>Firms which helped design and build the Olympic Park in east London had complained that tight regulations to protect big-spending sponsors kept them out of the spotlight.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/suppliers-get-belated-shot-at-london-olympic-gold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Olympic Games Summer Olympics Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:00:19 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740418 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics-IOC plans to cut one sport in February, add one in May http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/olympics-ioc-plans-cut-one-sport-february-add-one-may <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Karolos Grohmann</p> <p>BERLIN, Jan 30 (Reuters) - One Olympic sport will learn next month that its Games future is in jeopardy when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meets to decide the shape of the summer Games from 2020.</p> <p>The IOC's executive board, meeting in Lausanne on Feb. 12 and 13, will pick a core of 25 summer Olympic sports that will be put to a single vote at their session in Argentina in September.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/olympics-ioc-plans-cut-one-sport-february-add-one-may" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Olympic Games Sports Summer Olympics Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:15:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741437 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics-Basketball gain reprieve over UK Sport funding http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/refile-olympics-basketball-gains-reprieve-over-uk-sport-funding <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - British basketball has earned a reprieve over the UK Sport decision to cut all its elite funding in the build-up to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics although the outlooks still looks bleak for the country's volleyball and table tennis players.</p> <p>Basketball was one of several big losers in UK Sport's December budget announcement which showed an overall 11 percent rise in funding for the Rio Games compared to London 2012.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/refile-olympics-basketball-gains-reprieve-over-uk-sport-funding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Department for Culture, Media and Sport Politics Summer Olympics UK Sport Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:00:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5743272 at http://www.globalpost.com Sports: Inaugural European Games will be innovative - Hickey http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/sports-inaugural-european-games-will-be-innovative-hickey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The inaugural European Games being hosted by Baku in 2015 will be about being different and innovative, the president of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Pat Hickey told AFP in an interview.</p> <p>The 67-year-old Irishman, who is on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) elite Executive Board, saw his dream realised last year when the Games were voted into being by 85 percent of the EOC members.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/sports-inaugural-european-games-will-be-innovative-hickey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baku Entertainment Olympic Games Summer Olympics AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 01:45:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748369 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Rogge and board may face revolt over sport vote http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/olympics-rogge-and-board-may-face-revolt-over-sport-vote <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Wrestling may be facing a bleak time as regards its Olympic future but it could have the last laugh at the International Olympic Committee's Session in September in Buenos Aires.</p> <p>IOC members were already angry that such an important issue as voting a sport off the Olympic programme should be decided initially by the 15-member Executive Board.</p> <p>Now that anger, mixed with the backlash over the expulsion of wrestling -- one of the few sports to have crossed over from the Ancient Games to Pierre de Coubertin's modern version -- could boil over at the Congress from September 7-10.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/olympics-rogge-and-board-may-face-revolt-over-sport-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Presidents of the International Olympic Committee Sports Summer Olympics AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:13:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755862 at http://www.globalpost.com Athletics: Paralympic day to top off London Diamond weekend http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/athletics-paralympic-day-top-london-diamond-weekend <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>London's Olympic Stadium will stage three days of athletics in July, including one devoted solely to Paralympic competition, British Athletics has announced.</p> <p>The London Anniversary Games, which will take place from July 26-28 and in the process mark a year since the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, will incorporate the annual two-day Diamond League meeting on the Friday and Saturday, but also, for the first time, a day of purely Paralympic competition on the Sunday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/athletics-paralympic-day-top-london-diamond-weekend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Summer Olympic venues Summer Olympics AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:13:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755864 at http://www.globalpost.com EXCLUSIVE-INTERVIEW-Olympics-Wrestling can change, new chief says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/exclusive-interview-olympics-wrestling-can-change-new-chief-say <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Karolos Grohmann</p> <p>BERLIN, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Wrestling is ready to change and correct the mistakes that led to the sport's surprise 2020 Olympic exit last week, interim international federation (FILA) chief Nenad Lalovic said on Monday.</p> <p>Lalovic who was elected at the weekend after a vote of no confidence triggered the resignation of president Raphael Martinetti, said FILA board members had been left in the dark about the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vote.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/exclusive-interview-olympics-wrestling-can-change-new-chief-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International Olympic Committee Nenad Lalovic Sports Summer Olympics Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:00:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5758829 at http://www.globalpost.com Qatar rejoins bid for Greek ex-airport lease: Athens http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/qatar-rejoins-bid-greek-ex-airport-lease-athens <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Qatar has rejoined a public competition to develop the former Athens airport, one of the prized sites of Greece's privatisation drive, a Greek spokesman said on Wednesday.</p> <p>The emirate "has signed the confidentiality agreement and is returning to the Hellinikon tender," government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou told To Vima radio.</p> <p>"This is important news," he added.</p> <p>Qatari Diar, a subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), had pulled out of the tender in January prior to a visit to Doha by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/qatar-rejoins-bid-greek-ex-airport-lease-athens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Politics Qatar Investment Authority Summer Olympics Technology AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:30:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5760989 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics-Istanbul bid chief says Euro 2020 not on Turkish agenda http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/olympics-istanbul-bid-chief-says-euro-2020-not-turkish-agenda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Istanbul Olympic bid organisers said the country's sole aim was to win the right to host the 2020 Games despite being earmarked as one of the potential hosts for soccer's European Championship being held the same year.</p> <p>UEFA decided in January that the tournament would break from tradition and be spread over 13 nations with president Michel Platini saying he wanted the final and semi-finals to be played in Turkey.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/olympics-istanbul-bid-chief-says-euro-2020-not-turkish-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Summer Olympics Summer Olympics bids Thomson Reuters Tue, 26 Feb 2013 18:00:39 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5767539 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Japan PM says Tokyo 2020 will be 'inspiring' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/olympics-japan-pm-says-tokyo-2020-will-be-inspiring <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday Tokyo could be an inspiration for other cities if it wins the right to host the 2020 Olympics, after becoming the first place in Asia to get the Games in 1964.</p> <p>Promising his government's "fullest" support for Tokyo's new Olympic bid, Abe told inspectors from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that hosting the Games was his "life-long dream".</p> <p>"Tokyo, 2020, will inspire many others, just as Tokyo did before in 1964," the conservative premier said at a reception welcoming a 14-member team from the IOC evaluation commission.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/olympics-japan-pm-says-tokyo-2020-will-be-inspiring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Summer Olympics Summer Olympics bids AFP Mon, 04 Mar 2013 10:16:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772666 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Japan Inc. ready to back Tokyo Games http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/olympics-japan-inc-ready-back-tokyo-games <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan's corporate giants are ready to chip in for another Summer Olympics in Tokyo in hopes the Games will provide the same economic boost as the 1964 edition, Toyota's chairman said Tuesday.</p> <p>Despite years of deflation that has forced big Japanese companies to reduce sports sponsorships including the ending of Panasonic's deal with golf star Ryo Ishikawa, Fujio Cho said Japan Inc. would bring plenty to the table.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/olympics-japan-inc-ready-back-tokyo-games" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Sports Summer Olympics Summer Olympics bids AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 08:00:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5773585 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics-Games legacy blueprint crucial to convincing IOC - Coe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130305/olympics-games-legacy-blueprint-crucial-convincing-ioc-coe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Iain Rogers</p> <p>MADRID, March 5 (Reuters) - The ability of Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid to provide a convincing reason why they want to stage the Olympic Games and not just prove that they can will be the key to winning the right to host the 2020 edition, Sebastian Coe said on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130305/olympics-games-legacy-blueprint-crucial-convincing-ioc-coe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sebastian Coe Sports Summer Olympics Summer Paralympics Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:46:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5773803 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Istanbul bid boosted by historic agreement http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/olympics-istanbul-bid-boosted-historic-agreement <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Istanbul's bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games received a huge psychological boost on Tuesday as it was revealed that bitter historical foes Greece had pledged its full support to the Turkish city's candidacy.</p> <p>Antonis Samaras, the Prime Minister of Greece -- the birthplace of the ancient Games and host twice of the modern ones in Athens -- and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed the agreement after meetings on Sunday and Monday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/olympics-istanbul-bid-boosted-historic-agreement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Olympic Games Politics Sports Summer Olympics AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 18:01:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5774121 at http://www.globalpost.com