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Aug 2, 2012

“Unacceptable” that elite schools dominate medals

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s playing fields acted as an inspiration to the father of the modern Olympics, but their continued dominance over the country’s sport was questioned on Thursday.

British Olympic Association Chairman Colin Moynihan told reporters it was “wrong and unacceptable” that more than 50 percent of the country’s medallists in Beijing in 2008 came from elite independent schools.

Aug 2, 2012

Olympics-”Unacceptable” that elite schools dominate UK medals

LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Britain’s playing fields acted as
an inspiration to the father of the modern Olympics, but their
continued dominance over the country’s sport was questioned on
Thursday.

British Olympic Association Chairman Colin Moynihan told
reporters it was “wrong and unacceptable” that more than 50
percent of the country’s medallists in Beijing in 2008 came from
elite independent schools.

Aug 2, 2012

BOA chief says still need to crack empty seats problem

LONDON (Reuters) – The boss of the British Olympic Association (BOA) said on Thursday he remained concerned about the empty seats at the London Olympics, saying it was “unfair” on Britain’s competing athletes.

The issue of unfilled stadiums has proved to be a headache for London Olympic organizers (LOCOG) who embarked on a complex ticketing system more than a year ago in an attempt to avoid the gaps in the stands seen at the Beijing Games four years ago.

Aug 2, 2012

Olympics-BOA chief says still need to crack empty seats problem

LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The boss of the British Olympic
Association (BOA) said on Thursday he remained concerned about
the empty seats at the London Olympics, saying it was “unfair”
on Britain’s competing athletes.

The issue of unfilled stadiums has proved to be a headache
for London Olympic organisers (LOCOG) who embarked on a complex
ticketing system more than a year ago in an attempt to avoid the
gaps in the stands seen at the Beijing Games four years ago.

Aug 1, 2012

Coe says Ye’s spurt “not unthinkable”

LONDON (Reuters) – It is not unusual for teenage athletes to knock seconds off their fastest time, London Olympics chief Seb Coe said, adding he would prefer to “celebrate” Chinese Ye Shiwen’s stunning performance in the pool rather than cast doubt on it.

The 16-year-old has been the focus of some unwelcome attention since her world record performance in the 400 medley, with a few critics questioning how she could have swum her final freestyle length faster than Ryan Lochte did in the men’s event, also knocking 5 seconds off her personal best in that race.

Aug 1, 2012

Olympics-Coe says Ye’s spurt ‘not unthinkable’

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – It is not unusual for teenage
athletes to knock seconds off their fastest time, London
Olympics chief Seb Coe said, adding he would prefer to
“celebrate” Chinese Ye Shiwen’s stunning performance in the pool
rather than cast doubt on it.

The 16-year-old has been the focus of some unwelcome
attention since her world record performance in the 400 medley,
with a few critics questioning how she could have swum her final
freestyle length faster than Ryan Lochte did in the men’s event,
also knocking 5 seconds off her personal best in that race.

Aug 1, 2012

Athletic tickets still up for grabs

LONDON (Reuters) – London Olympic organizers said on Wednesday an additional 75,000 tickets, including some for athletics, will go on sale shortly, with more on the way.

The tickets are mainly so-called contingency tickets – those that have become available after logistics such as camera positions have been worked out, LOCOG said.

Aug 1, 2012

Olympics-Athletic tickets still up for grabs

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – London Olympic organisers said on
Wednesday an additional 75,000 tickets, including some for
athletics, will go on sale shortly, with more on the way.

The tickets are mainly so-called contingency tickets – those
that have become available after logistics such as camera
positions have been worked out, LOCOG said.

Jul 31, 2012

London trick is to keep up investment: mayor

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, the most colorful cheerleader for the 2012 Games, said on Tuesday that the trick will be to maintain momentum once the Olympics are over and the world’s attention has moved on.

The Mayor of London, who was first spotted on the world stage, hand in pocket, taking the Olympic flag from the host city Beijing four years ago, is attempting to schmooze international businesses and persuade them to invest in the capital.

Jul 31, 2012

Olympics-London trick is to keep up investment – mayor

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, the most
colourful cheerleader for the 2012 Games, said on Tuesday that
the trick will be to maintain momentum once the Olympics are
over and the world’s attention has moved on.

The Mayor of London, who was first spotted on the world
stage, hand in pocket, taking the Olympic flag from the host
city Beijing four years ago, is attempting to schmooze
international businesses and persuade them to invest in the
capital.

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      ""Avril is a Reuters politics and general news reporter in London, specialising in the 2012 Olympics, religion and the regions. Before that, Avril wrote for www.reuters.co.uk. She has worked at the Daily Telegraph, CNN and Financial Times Business.""
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