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2024 Olympic Bid Process Suffers From a Lack of Transparency

The September 15 deadline to bid for the 2024 Olympics is a big deal that boosters everywhere are downplaying. In Toronto, they are telling us not to worry, saying it's just a letter -- an "expression of interest" -- and that the letter doesn't mean anything. Elsewhere, no one is saying anything about that date at all. But September 15 is a big deal, and bid cities everywhere should be concerned.
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It's Beijing In 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing narrowly defeated Almaty, Kazakhst...
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Why I'm an Olympic Atheist

Amid the medal counts, terror threats and Norwegian curling flare lies the notion that the Olympics make the world a better place. Any sense of togetherness or egalitarianism at the 2012 London Games, for instance, certainly did not apply to the podium. Only 85 of the 204 countries with Olympic committees won medals. If we look at what Olympism has yielded for some of the countries most in need of peace and goodwill, the picture is even less inclusive. The reason the Haitian earthquake orphan will not make it to the Olympics is probably not because she doesn't believe staunchly enough in her dreams.
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The IOC Is <em>Rich<em>

SOCHI, Russia - The International Olympic Committee has $932 million in financial reserves after adding $31.5 million in 2013.IOC President Thomas Bach confirmed the figure at a news conference follow...
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The IOC Deserves a Gold Medal in Cowardice

The truth is that when it's convenient, or easy, the IOC has no problem taking action. But not wanting to test the Siberian tiger, the IOC has shown that it only has the courage to stand up for straight athletes. In the long history of the Olympic movement, Sochi will be remembered in part for the IOC's unwillingness to defend its own athletes. Its silence on their behalf will speak volumes.
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IT'S TOKYO!

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics on Saturday, capitalizing on its reputation as a "safe pair of hands'' and defying concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Tokyo def...
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Olympics, Anyone?

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Three days ahead of the vote to choose the host of the 2020 Olympics, bid officials for Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid were forced to fend off criticism over various aspects of t...
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'Sport Is A Human Right'

Growing international criticism of a new Russian law against gay "propaganda" has left some observers wondering whether the Sochi Games will leave an indelible mark not only on the host nati...
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Using the Olympic Symbol Sans Permission? Off With your Head!

Measures being taken to prevent misuse of the Olympic designation are intriguing, appalling and hilarious. Fines for abuse can total $30,000. There's the 81-year-old grandmother who made tiny sweaters with the Olympic logo for dolls selling for the equivalent of $1.63, proceeds going to a church charity. And the florist rebuked for arranging flowers with the colours of the Olympic rings. Off with their heads!

Watching the Watchdog: The Opening Ceremony Was Its Own Weird Word Cloud

The opening stuff before the parade of athletes was weird, bizarre, peculiar, odd, curious, offbeat, outlandish, eccentric, unconventional, unorthodox, queer, unexpected, abnormal, atypical, unusual, out of the ordinary, extraordinary, remarkable, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, inexplicable, incongruous, irregular, singular, ludicrous, comical, ridiculous, droll, deviant, aberrant, grotesque, freakish, surreal, wacky, oddball, way out, freaky, off the wall, rum, wacko, and bizarro.
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Saudi Arabia Still Won't Pass the Olympic Torch to Female Athletes

For the first time, two Saudi Arabian women have publicly stated their interest in participating in the Olympic movement. But the Middle Eastern nation has never sent a female to the Olympics and doesn't plan on it anytime soon. There are currently 153 youth leagues supported by the Saudi government, yet all blatantly exclude female participation. Is it time for the Olympic Committee to take a stand?
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Olympic Bid Imperiled?

QUEBEC - The president of the International Olympic Committee diplomatically sidestepped the question Tuesday of whether student strife in Quebec could hurt any bids by the province to hold internatio...