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France investigates Japan’s Olympics chief on suspicion of corruption

PARIS (Reuters) – The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under formal investigation in France for suspected corruption related to Japan’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, a French judicial source said on Friday. French financial prosecutors investigating a multi-million dollar payment made by Japan’s bidding committee to a Singaporean consultancy questioned Takeda in Paris and he was placed under formal investigation on Dec. 10, the source told Reuters. In Tokyo, Takeda said no improper actions such as bribery had taken place in connection with Tokyo’s bid,…

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Olympics: Tokyo keeps budget at $12.6 billion, more work needed

The construction site of the New National Stadium, the main stadium of Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, is seen in Tokyo, Japan August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato TOKYO (Reuters) – The 2020 Summer Olympics budget remains unchanged at $12.6 billion after increases in some areas were offset by reductions in others, with Games organizers acknowledging on Friday that more work was needed to curb spending. Organizers have been working to cut expenses since a study warned they could balloon to four times estimates made during the bidding process, while the…

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Kenyan warriors hunt cash not lions in Maasai Olympics

Maasai Moran athletes sing and dance as they arrive for the 2018 Maasai Olympics at the Sidai Oleng Wildlife Sanctuary, at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, near the Kenya-Tanzania border in Kimana, Kajiado, Kenya December 15, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya KIMANA, Kenya (Reuters) – Young Kenyan warriors are no longer pursuing lions to show off their hunting prowess and bravery, they are competing for cash prizes in javelin throwing at the Maasai Olympics instead. “We have changed the outdated lion hunting culture, as there was a time before the Maasai Olympics…

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Tokyo Olympics: Scottish FA will not block Team GB

Kim Little was one of two Scots who played for Great Britain at London 2012 The Scottish FA has decided not to stand in the way of a British women’s team at the next Olympics, but will not actively support or promote it. A decision was reached after lengthy debate at a board meeting on Thursday. That was despite a number of board members voicing a desire to block the team, BBC Scotland understands. The Scottish FA will make no attempt to prevent players being part of Team GB if…

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Olympics: Tokyo 2020 formally propose earlier marathon time

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organizers have formally proposed moving the start time of the marathon races forward to avoid the worst of the Japanese capital’s scorching summer heat. Running track are seen through a clock tower near the construction site of the New National Stadium, the main stadium of Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, in Tokyo, Japan August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato The marathon events were initially scheduled to start at 7 a.m. local time but now Games organizers have asked the IAAF, athletics’ governing body, to…

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Olympics: Samsung extends Olympics sponsorship to 2028 – IOC

FILE PHOTO: Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, attends a countdown event to mark the two years until the opening of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, July 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon BERLIN (Reuters) – South Korea’s Samsung has extended its sponsorship contract with the International Olympic Committee by eight years and will remain a top sponsor until the 2028 Los Angeles Games, the world governing body said on Tuesday. Samsung, who first signed up as a top sponsor with the IOC in 1998 and…

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Olympics: Canadian weightlifter Girard gets gold medal at last

(Reuters) – It took more than six years hut Christine Girard was finally awarded her 2012 London Games weightlifting gold medal on Monday to become Canada’s first Olympic champion in the sport. FILE PHOTO: Canada’s Christine Girard competes on the women’s 63Kg weightlifting competition at the ExCel venue at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna/File Photo At a ceremony held at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Girard, who has now retired but competed in the 63kg class, also received a bronze from the 2008 Beijing…

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Olympics: Tokyo organizers lauded for ‘diligent’ Olympic example

TOKYO (Reuters) – The “diligent” preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are setting a fine example for future bids, according to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach. FILE PHOTO: International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach poses for a group photo session with Yoshiro Mori, President of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Committee, and other staff members during a meeting in Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo November 28, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS Speaking at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Tokyo…

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Olympics: Sheikh Ahmad’s decision ‘protects us all’ – Bach

TOKYO (Reuters) – Olympic chief Thomas Bach has praised Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah for stepping down as the head of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) while he fights a court case and said he hoped the Kuwaiti would be back at the helm soon. FILE PHOTO: Asian Winter Games – Opening ceremony – Sapporo Dome – Sapporo, Japan – 19/02/17 – Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah takes part in the opening ceremony. REUTERS/Issei Kato Sheikh Ahmad, a key Bach ally and head of the…

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Olympics: Snowboarder Shaun White sets sights on 2020 skateboarding

U.S. snowboarder Shaun White, who won his third gold medal in the men’s halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics in February, poses for a photograh after winning the award for best male athlete at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics at the Association of National Olympic Committee (ANOC) ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo November 28, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS TOKYO (Reuters) – American snowboarder Shaun White, who won his third gold medal in the men’s halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics in February, is now eyeing…

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