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John Legend to Produce Olympics Human Rights Salute Documentary

John Legend to Produce Olympics Human Rights Salute Documentary

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Singer John Legend and actor Jesse Williams are teaming to executive produce a documentary on Olympic gold medalist and former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tommie Smith, Deadlinereports. With Drawn Arms will be co-directed by conceptual artist Glenn Kaino and Afshin Shahidi, who was Prince's cinematographer and photographer.RelatedWhy Fan Reaction to NFL Protests Is About Racism, Not Patriotism Those critical when players kneel and lock arms in solidarity need to face up to what they really fear "We are excited to collaborate with true artists in Glenn Kaino and Afshin Shahidi to bring this powerful story to the world in a fresh and compelling way," Legend said in a statement.During the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Smith won the gold in the 200-meter sprint fin...
Local boxer aims for Olympics

Local boxer aims for Olympics

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By Missy Schrott | mschrott@alextimes.comMost 19-year-olds think about college and fun when they graduate from high school, but Troy Isley has been winning world championships and thinking about the Olympics.The recent T.C. Williams High School graduate is back at work in the ring at the Alexandria Boxing Club with a new accessory – a bronze medal from the 2017 Elite Men’s World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. Isley was awarded the medal days before his 19th birthday in early September.“Standing on the podium at the World Championship and getting a medal … that was a great moment of my amateur career so far,” Isley said.The international win has been a long time coming. As a member of the USA Boxing Team, Isley has won several national titles over the past three years. He was mo
John Legend & Jesse Williams To EP 1968 Olympics Protest Salute Documentary

John Legend & Jesse Williams To EP 1968 Olympics Protest Salute Documentary

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EXCLUSIVE: With the recent furor over NFL players staying on the bench or taking a knee during the national anthem in protest, John Legend and Jesse Williams want to shine a contextual spotlight on one of the most famous examples of athletics and politics controversially coming together.The Oscar winner, his Get Lifted Film Co partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius plus the Grey’s Anatomy star will executive produce With Drawn Arms, a documentary about Olympic gold medalist and NFL wide receiver Tommie Smith, we’ve learned.The winner of the 200-meters at the Games of the XIX Olympiad in Mexico City in 1968, Smith became renowned when he and Bronze medalist and fellow Olympic Project for Human Rights member John Carlos raised their black leather gloved fists on the podium in protests of
2 arrested in Brazil in alleged vote-buying scheme to secure Olympics for Rio

2 arrested in Brazil in alleged vote-buying scheme to secure Olympics for Rio

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Fifteen years after a bidding scandal tainted the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the Olympic movement faces growing allegations of a similar vote-buying scheme in Brazil.In the latest development Thursday, Brazilian authorities arrested Carlos Nuzman, president of the country’s Olympic committee and a key figure in Rio de Janeiro’s winning bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.“The [International Olympic Committee’s] chief ethics and compliance officer has asked the Brazilian authorities for full information in order to proceed with the IOC’s investigation, and has offered the IOC’s full cooperation,” the IOC said in a brief statement.Nuzman and Leonardo Gryner, another Rio Olympics official taken into custody, have been swept up in allegations that $2 million was funneled to former IOC member L
Swiss economy to benefit from Olympics and World Cup

Swiss economy to benefit from Olympics and World Cup

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Football World Cups tend to bring more economic than sporting joy to Switzerland(Keystone)Major global sporting events have a noticeable knock-on effect for the Swiss economy, even if they are held outside of Switzerland, forecasters have noted. The football World Cup and the Winter Olympic Games, for example, are expected to boost Swiss economic growth next year.The KOF Swiss Economic Institute is the second forecaster to pick up on the phenomenon, following the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) earlier this month. On Thursday, KOF said Swiss gross domestic product (GDP) should rise 2.2% in 2018, compared to 0.8% this year.There are a range of factors influencing national economic productivity, but sporting events have been highlighted for the first time by experts gazing i...
Carlos Nuzman: Brazilian Olympics chief arrested in Rio

Carlos Nuzman: Brazilian Olympics chief arrested in Rio

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Brazilian police have detained the head of the country's Olympic committee in Rio de Janeiro. Carlos Nuzman has been investigated as part of a cash-for-votes probe after the bid for the Rio 2016 Olympics was won. The arrest is part of the corruption investigation, known as Operation Unfair Play.Mr Nuzman has previously denied all wrongdoing.Leonardo Gryner, the committee's director general, was also arrested, according to Brazilian media. The inquiry is being conducted in conjunction with French and US police.In September, Mr Nuzman's home was searched. He was questioned and had his passport seized. Brazilian prosecutors believe he acted as an intermediary in an alleged $2m (£1.5m) payment to Papa Massata Diack, the son of an influential Senegalese member of the International Olympic Co
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 ...