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Olympics: Indian flag raised in Sochi after ban lifted

The Indian flag was raised at the Sochi Winter Games on Sunday in a symbol of the country's return to the Olympic fold after the lifting of a ban imposed over corruption concerns. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday ended the 14-month ban, reinstating India with immediate effect. It meant the handful of Indian athletes competing at the Games are able to do so under their national flag and they will be able to walk behind their flag at the closing ceremony.

Olympics: Indian flag raised in Sochi after ban lifted

The Indian flag was raised at the Sochi Winter Games on Sunday in a symbol of the country's return to the Olympic fold after the lifting of a ban imposed over corruption concerns. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday ended the 14-month ban, reinstating India with immediate effect. It meant the handful of Indian athletes competing at the Games are able to do so under their national flag and they will be able to walk behind their flag at the closing ceremony.

India completes Olympic return with Sochi flag raising

By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - India completed its return to the Olympic family on Sunday when its flag was hoisted at the Sochi Games, five days after the International Olympic Committee lifted its suspension on the South Asian nation. India had been banned since December 2012 after elections at its Olympic association (IOA) saw a corruption-tainted official voted in as secretary general.

Developing countries use big events to build reputations, but risk their reputations

BEIJING, China - Playing host to the Olympics or World Cup can showcase an ambitious country's rise and cast a harsh light on its weaknesses. This week in Sochi, the eye-popping cost of Russia's Winter Games and logistical fumbles got as much attention as figure skaters and snowboarders. But organizers say the problems will be forgotten quickly, while the infrastructure improvements, international attention to the region and new winter resort built for the games will be a legacy benefiting Russia for decades.

Developing countries use big events to build reputations, but risk their reputations

BEIJING, China - Playing host to the Olympics or World Cup can showcase an ambitious country's rise and cast a harsh light on its weaknesses. This week in Sochi, the eye-popping cost of Russia's Winter Games and logistical fumbles got as much attention as figure skaters and snowboarders. But organizers say the problems will be forgotten quickly, while the infrastructure improvements, international attention to the region and new winter resort built for the games will be a legacy benefiting Russia for decades.

Olympics: IOC seeks 'clarification' from Russia on jailed activist

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday said it was seeking clarification from Russia over the jailing of a leading activist who criticised the environmental damage caused by the Sochi Games. A court on Wednesday ordered Yevgeny Vitishko, an activist with the group Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus (EWNC), to serve a three-year sentence in a penal colony. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the request for clarification had been made to the Russian authorities through the local organisers of the Sochi Games.

Highway repair work should be done before Olympics: new Tokyo governor

New Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said Wednesday he hopes to complete major repair work on metropolitan expressways before the capital hosts the Summer Olympics in 2020. "As we have a big goal (of hosting the Olympics successfully), I want it to be done by that time," Masuzoe said, referring to the repair work in his inauguration press conference.

Highway repair work should be done before Olympics: new Tokyo governor

New Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said Wednesday he hopes to complete major repair work on metropolitan expressways before the capital hosts the Summer Olympics in 2020. "As we have a big goal (of hosting the Olympics successfully), I want it to be done by that time," Masuzoe said, referring to the repair work in his inauguration press conference.

New Tokyo gov. wants to visit Sochi to meet IOC officials

New Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said Tuesday he wants to visit Sochi during the Olympic Games to meet International Olympic Committee officials as the Japanese capital prepares to host 2020 Summer Games.

Olympics: No mourning symbols, IOC tells athletes

International Olympic chiefs on Monday warned athletes against wearing symbols of mourning for lost loved ones during competitions at the Sochi 2014 Games. Freestyle skiers and snowboarders have reportedly been banned from wearing tributes on their kit to Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who died after a halfpipe training accident in the United States 2012.
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