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Olympics: Rio Games ramp up infrastructure investment to outstrip London

Brazil will spend 24.1 billion reais ($10.8 billion) on infrastructure projects for the 2016 Rio Olympics in an effort to ensure South America's first Games are delivered on time, organizers have announced. The figure will take the total projected spending for the Olympics to 36.7 billion reais ($16.3 billion), exceeding the $15 billion cost (at today's exchange rate) of the 2012 event in London.

USOC trying to narrow potential 2024 candidates

(Reuters) - The United States Olympic Committee has not decided whether it will bid for the 2024 Summer Games but said on Tuesday it hopes to narrow down a list of cities capable of winning a bid within the next couple months. Interest in bringing the Olympics back to the United States is gaining momentum both at home and among International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Olympics: "Sense of urgency" on Rio Games - IOC

There is not a moment to lose if the 2016 Rio Olympics are to go off smoothly, IOC officials said Friday, wrapping up their latest visit by identifying a "sense of urgency" surrounding preparations. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Coordination Commission ended a sixth visit to the Brazilian host city with a message to the organizers that every second counts.

Olympics: "Sense of urgency" on Rio Games - IOC

There is not a moment to lose if the 2016 Rio Olympics are to go off smoothly, IOC officials said Friday, wrapping up their latest visit by identifying a "sense of urgency" surrounding preparations. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Coordination Commission ended a sixth visit to the Brazilian host city with a message to the organizers that every second counts.

Olympics: Cities mull over 2024 Games bid after Tokyo win

Tokyo may have only been named 2020 Olympic Games hosts on Saturday, but almost immediately the debate began about what the result means for the 2024 race to host the world's biggest sporting event. An Asian candidate or at least east Asian appears to be out of the question as Tokyo's win means the region will host two successive Games - the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang hosting the 2018 Winter Games.

Olympics: 'Safe pair of hands' Tokyo to host 2020 Games

Tokyo celebrated Sunday after winning the right to host the Olympic Games for the second time, overcoming fears about radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant to land the 2020 edition of the world's biggest sporting event. Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Buenos Aires chose the Japanese capital, which previously hosted the Games in 1964, over Istanbul, after Madrid was dramatically eliminated following a first-round tie with the Turkish city.

Olympics: Desolation in Madrid as Olympic bid fails again

Madrid was dealing with the hangover from a fourth failed attempt at winning the Olympic Games on Sunday as Tokyo was chosen as the host for the 2020 Games in Buenos Aires on Saturday. Enthusiasm built up throughout the day in Madrid on Saturday as thousands of people descended on the city's gate at Puerta de Alcala, but the expectation was suddenly washed away in the evening rain as Madrid was surprisingly eliminated in the first round after a second vote was needed to separate its bid from Istanbul.

Tokyo gets 2020 Games with help from prime minister

By Ossian Shine BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Tokyo was awarded the 2020 summer Olympic Games on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a charismatic plea to the International Olympic Committee and promised Japan's crippled nuclear plant was "under control."

Olympics: Madrid experience more Olympic heartbreak

Madrid were eliminated in dramatic fashion from the race to host the 2020 Olympic Games after the first round of voting by International Olympic Committee (IOC) members in Buenos Aires on Saturday. Both Madrid and Istanbul were tied after the first round -- meaning Tokyo topped that round -- and it had to be put to a second decisive vote to see who went out. Istanbul -- who have never got so near to winning the right to host the Games in their four previous bids -- then garnered 49 of the 94 votes cast to progress.

Olympics: Tokyo to host 2020 Games - IOC

Tokyo on Saturday won the right to host the Olympic Games for the second time, overcoming fears about radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant to land the 2020 edition of the world's biggest sporting event. Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Buenos Aires chose the Japanese capital, which previously hosted the Games in 1964, over Istanbul, after Madrid was dramatically eliminated following a first-round tie with the Turkish city.
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