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Looking for savings, Olympics contemplates slashing funds for athletes village

Looking for savings, Olympics contemplates slashing funds for athletes village

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The future athletes village is already under construction near Paris ahead of the 2024 Olympics. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)Olympic athletes hoping to live it up at the 2020 Games in Tokyo may be in for disappointment. In an attempt to save funds, the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday it will consider revising the “level of service” provided at the athletes village, the area set aside for athlete accommodations at the Olympics.“We are putting a number of questions to those national Olympic committees as to how we think we can find savings by reducing, to an acceptable level, the level of service in the Olympic Village,” IOC Vice President John Coates told Tokyo 2020 organizers Tuesday (via Reuters). [Michael Phelps, wife ‘sending love’ to Las Vegas after attending concert d
NHL stars who grew up with Olympics face season without it

NHL stars who grew up with Olympics face season without it

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The NHL became entwined with the Olympics before young stars like Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel or Auston Matthews even pulled on a pair of skates.Nagano in 1998 started a string of five consecutive Olympics featuring NHL players, a tradition that became so routine that young players around the world added dreams of winning a gold medal to their hopes of someday lifting the Stanley Cup."I've always been alive in the days where the NHL teams allow their players to go to the Olympics," Eichel said. "I've had a lot of good memories watching the Olympics and seeing a lot of great players play, so it's something you've always looked up to."There's nothing to look forward to this time: Instead of going to South Korea this winter to play for their home countries, NHL players face an 82-game seas...
Olympics: IOC eyes Olympic villages for cost reductions

Olympics: IOC eyes Olympic villages for cost reductions

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By Chris GallagherTOKYO (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee is looking at various areas to cut costs for hosting the Games including the "level of service" in Olympic villages, IOC Vice President John Coates told Tokyo 2020 organisers on Tuesday.Coates, in opening remarks before a regular project review meeting, said the IOC had contacted 28 major national Olympic committees (NOCs) for their feedback by the end of this month."We are putting a number of questions to those national Olympic committees as to how we think we can find savings by reducing, to an acceptable level, the level of service in the Olympic village," he said.Tokyo organisers have been working to slash costs after a study last year warned expenses could balloon to four times the initial estimate made during ...
Olympics Bribery Inquiry Includes Société Générale Transactions

Olympics Bribery Inquiry Includes Société Générale Transactions

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Prosecutors in France are investigating the role that one of the country’s largest banks played in the transfer of $2 million that they believe was a bribe to ensure Rio de Janeiro won the rights to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, according to documents seen and verified by The New York Times.The documents, which outline the case sent by a French investigator to prosecutors in Brazil, suggest that the bank, Société Générale, might have breached money-laundering regulations.Société Générale said in a statement that it complies with industry standards pertaining to money laundering regulations and so-called know-your-customer rules, which all major banks are expected to follow.“The Group considers the fight against corruption and money laundering as a top priority,” the statement said, add
Video games in the Olympics? Here's how it might work

Video games in the Olympics? Here's how it might work

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The future of the Olympics may just be in a basement in Turkmenistan. With leading Olympic figures considering a possible role for competitive computer games — known as esports — at the 2024 Games in Paris, a pan-Asian competition in the ex-Soviet state offers a possible vision of the future. Including esports could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial. The Olympic Council of Asia included esports as an official demonstration event at its Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this week, with teams from China and nine other nations battling in four games ranging from space combat in "StarCraft II" to card-game strategy in "Hearthstone." Supporters of esports in the Olympics say their event is a real
PyeongChang Olympic organizers happy to see first North Koreans qualify for 2018 Games

PyeongChang Olympic organizers happy to see first North Koreans qualify for 2018 Games

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Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik became the first North Korean athletes to qualify for the 2018 Olympics. (Matthias Schrader/AP)With less than five months to go before the 2018 Winter Olympics kick off in PyeongChang, South Korea, it remains unclear whether North Korea will send a delegation. If the nation wants to, it now officially can thanks to the talents of Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, who qualified this week to compete in the pair’s figure skating competition after finishing sixth at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany.Upon hearing the news, PyeongChang organizers expressed their hope that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would allow the duo to compete, in hopes that it might ease tensions between the two nations enough to persuade him to allow North Korean sports fans to
My Grandmother, the Nazis, and the Shadow of the Olympics

My Grandmother, the Nazis, and the Shadow of the Olympics

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My grandmother Margaret Bergmann was a born athlete. Self-taught and hyper-talented, she excelled at every sport she tried. She loved the German countryside town of Laupheim, where she grew up, and her interests were attuned to the youth movements of the time, which focussed on local nature and individual freedom. She played every sport available, and shone in track-and-field events. As the only girl in her class, she played sports with the boys, and they accepted her because she was by far the best athlete among them. The high jump became her calling card. This was decades before the backward-diving Fosbury Flop technique was invented, and Bergmann simply jumped huge, impossible heights, sailing over the bar. In pictures, she appears to float gracefully, without strain. Her family was ...