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  1. News - World - OLYMPICS

    Russian TV shows doctored video of Olympic rings

    Posted Feb 08th 2014, 09:25am by Associated Press in Sochi

    ... television aired footage on Friday of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into pyrotechnics at the Sochi Games opening ceremony. Problem is, that didn’t happen. ... manager. Ernst defended his decision, saying that the most important part was preserving the images and the Olympic tradition: “This is certainly bad, but it does not humiliate us.” NBC was to air ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1423642/russian-tv-shows-doctored-video-olympic-rings
  2. News - World - OLYMPICS

    Sochi Winter Olympics begin with Putin trying to refute critics

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 06:39pm by AFP

    ... for the start of the two-and-a-half hour ceremony. Fireworks were set off as a young girl named Lyubov (Love), attached to a harness, appeared to walk in the air of the stadium above a procession ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1423030/sochi-olympics-kick-grand-opening
  3. News - China - OLYMPICS

    Northern city of Zhangjiakou dreams of hosting 2022 Winter Olympic Games

    Posted Feb 09th 2014, 04:13am by WU NAN

    ... to Chongli county. In late 2010 the government announced it would build a high-speed rail line from Beijing to Zhangjiakou, shortening travel time to 40 minutes. Construction is scheduled to finish ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1424290/northern-city-zhangjiakou-dreams-hosting-2022-winter-olympic-games
  4. Sport - OLYMPICS

    Olympic Games chief Thomas Bach hints at way for athletes to play politics in Sochi

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 09:50am by AFP

    ... among minors. However, the 60-year-old German, who was elected as Jacques Rogge’s successor in Buenos Aires in September, said that as with every Games, athletes could be punished if they made ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/article/1415570/olympic-games-chief-thomas-bach-hints-way-athletes-play-politics-sochi
  5. News - World - OLYMPICS

    Olympics: Russia claims anti-doping progress, must convince sceptics

    Posted Jan 25th 2014, 11:39am by Agence France-Presse in Sochi

    ... and will miss the Games. When the Russian squad lined up for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, where it won only three gold medals in its worst ever performance, its numbers had been severely ... in Moscow this August. The Russian authorities have “understood well the problem of doping” and absolutely do not want Russia to be in the firing line over alleged cheating at top events, he added. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1413189/olympics-russia-claims-anti-doping-progress-must-convince-sceptics
  6. Sport - Other Sport - OLYMPICS

    Lindsey Vonn's injury robs Sochi Winter Games of its star attraction

    Posted Jan 08th 2014, 10:02pm by Reuters

    ... about her mental toughness. In a sport where there is a fine line between glory and disaster, Vonn has had plenty of crashes, been inside lots of hospitals and frequently raced through the pain ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1400890/lindsey-vonns-injury-robs-sochi-winter-games-its-star-attraction
  7. Sport - Other Sport - OLYMPICS

    Women's inclusion key for sports seeking 2020 spot

    Posted Sep 08th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... in the 2020 Olympic line-up have made women's inclusion a big part of their pitch to the IOC, hoping to convince members that they have worked hard to promote gender parity within ... pleading its case in the weeklong IOC meetings in Buenos Aires. Wrestling is considered the favourite after the surprise announcement in February that the IOC was removing it from the list of core ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1305779/womens-inclusion-key-sports-seeking-2020-spot
  8. Sport - China - OLYMPICS

    Beijing teams up with city 200km away in bid to host Winter Olympics

    Posted Nov 05th 2013, 11:14pm by Zhang Hong

    ... will face a daunting task to beat the odds." Beijing's poor air quality could also be a liability. "In the evaluation process, environment is a very important factor to be taken into account. Beijing must redouble its efforts to clean up its air if it wants to host the Games," said Tu. Hours after the bid was announced, the Ukrainian city of Lviv said it was entering ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/china/article/1348630/beijing-teams-city-200km-away-bid-host-winter-olympics
  9. Sport - Other Sport - OLYMPICS

    Tokyo celebrates an emotional Olympics victory

    Posted Sep 08th 2013, 05:49am by Reuters, AFP

    ... Agencies in Buenos Aires and Tokyo Olympic Games will be chance to show progress after devastating 2011 disasters, says PM Abe Tokyo celebrates an emotional win Tokyo celebrated yesterday ... meeting in Buenos Aires chose the Japanese capital, which previously hosted the Games in 1964, over Istanbul and Madrid. Tokyo won the right to organise the world's biggest sporting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1306017/tokyo-celebrates-emotional-olympics-victory
  10. Sport - Other Sport - OLYMPICS

    Inside track leads Bach to IOC presidency

    Posted Sep 10th 2013, 11:51pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Buenos Aires Inside track leads Bach to IOC presidency Thomas Bach achieved a long-held dream on Tuesday as he was elected to the most powerful position in sport, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Buenos Aires. The 59-year-old German – the first Olympic gold medallist to become president – won in the second round of voting by his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1307972/thomas-bach-elected-president-ioc

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