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Sep 12, 2014

Hamburg plans consecutive bids for compact Olympic Games

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s port city of Hamburg, bidding to become the nation’s choice for a 2024 Olympic Games candidacy, is hoping its concept of “pedestrian and bicycle” Games will help win the nod, the city’s sports chief Michael Neumann said.

The Hamburg Senator in charge of domestic affairs and sports who is one of the leaders of the northern German city’s bid, told Reuters in an interview on Friday there would be two consecutive bids should the first for 2024 fail.

Sep 12, 2014

Soccer-Run against Blatter or shut up, Dortmund CEO says

BERLIN, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Opponents of FIFA President Sepp Blatter should run against him instead of merely criticising his decision to go for another term at the helm of world soccer’s governing body, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Friday.

Watzke also told Reuters in an interview it would be best not to hold the 2022 World Cup in the desert state of Qatar.

Sep 12, 2014

Soccer-Debt-free Dortmund to fund growth after cash injection

BERLIN, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund will be debt-free by the end of the year and flexible to fund growth on and off the pitch after a 114 million euro ($147 million) capital increase was completed on Wednesday, said club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

Last season’s Bundesliga runners-up, who almost went broke in 2005, got the considerable cash injection and saw sponsors Puma, Evonik and Signal Iduna buy a stake in the traditional German club.

Sep 12, 2014

Hamburg plans consecutive bids for compact Games

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s port city of Hamburg, bidding to become the nation’s choice for a 2024 Olympic Games candidacy, is hoping its concept of “pedestrian and bicycle” Games will help win the nod, the city’s sports chief Michael Neumann said.

The Hamburg Senator in charge of domestic affairs and sports who is one of the leaders of the northern German city’s bid, told Reuters in an interview on Friday there would be two consecutive bids should the first for 2024 fail.

Sep 12, 2014

Olympics-Hamburg plans consecutive bids for compact Games

BERLIN, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Germany’s port city of Hamburg, bidding to become the nation’s choice for a 2024 Olympic Games candidacy, is hoping its concept of “pedestrian and bicycle” Games will help win the nod, the city’s sports chief Michael Neumann said.

The Hamburg Senator in charge of domestic affairs and sports who is one of the leaders of the northern German city’s bid, told Reuters in an interview on Friday there would be two consecutive bids should the first for 2024 fail.

Sep 11, 2014

Bayern’s Ribery fit for his first game of the season

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bayern Munich are set to benefit from the return of winger Franck Ribery, who is ready to make his season debut against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday after overcoming a nagging knee injury.

The German champions have had a less explosive start to the season than last year, drawing 1-1 at Schalke 04 on Aug 30 in their second league game after winning their opening match at Borussia Dortmund.

Sep 11, 2014

Soccer-Bayern’s Ribery fit for his first game of the season

BERLIN, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich are set to benefit from the return of winger Franck Ribery, who is ready to make his season debut against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday after overcoming a nagging knee injury.

The German champions have had a less explosive start to the season than last year, drawing 1-1 at Schalke 04 on Aug 30 in their second league game after winning their opening match at Borussia Dortmund.

Sep 9, 2014

Olympics-IOC meets Saudi Olympic chief, discuss women in Games

BERLIN, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee has met with the new Saudi Arabian Olympic chief to discuss women’s participation in the Games among other issues, amid the country’s failure to send any female athletes to the Asian Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach said new Saudi Olympic chief Prince Abdullah bin Musaed bin Abdulaziz had made his first visit to the IOC last week and among issues of “mutual interest” that were discussed was women’s participation, Bach said.

Sep 9, 2014

IOC to respect Scotland vote, athletes protected – Bach

BERLIN (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee promised Scottish athletes’ interests would be “safeguarded” ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics should Scotland vote in favour of independence on Sept. 18.

If Scotland votes to break away from the United Kingdom, Scottish athletes who competed for Britain at the 2012 summer Olympics in London would not be eligible to do so with that country in Rio.

Sep 9, 2014

Olympics: IOC to respect Scotland vote, athletes protected – Bach

BERLIN (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee promised Scottish athletes’ interests would be “safeguarded” ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics should Scotland vote in favor of independence on Sept. 18.

If Scotland votes to break away from the United Kingdom, Scottish athletes who competed for Britain at the 2012 summer Olympics in London would not be eligible to do so with that country in Rio.

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