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Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Eating dog meat will not be issue in Pyeongchang – chief

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Sochi Olympic organisers had to fend off questions regarding stray dogs in the run-up to the event but 2018 Games host Pyeongchang does not expect protests over the practice of eating dog meat, Games chief Kin Jin-sun said on Sunday.

Once more widespread in the country but now far less common, dog meat could be an embarrassing issue for the South Korean Games organisers, raised by foreign media both at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 soccer World Cup.

Feb 9, 2014

Flier Mayer wins men’s downhill, host Russia eyes first gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Austrian Matthias Mayer conquered the treacherous Rosa Khutor run at Russia’s Winter Olympics on Sunday to win the men’s downhill, while the host nation eyed its first medal of the Games in the inaugural figure skating team event.

On the second day of full competition on Russia’s Black Sea coast, Mayer claimed one of the Games’ biggest titles as pre-race favourites American Bode Miller and Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal failed to make the podium.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Flier Mayer wins men’s downhill, host Russia eyes first gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Austrian Matthias Mayer conquered the treacherous Rosa Khutor run at Russia’s Winter Olympics on Sunday to win the men’s downhill, while the host nation eyed its first medal of the Games in the inaugural figure skating team event.

On the second day of full competition on Russia’s Black Sea coast, Mayer claimed one of the Games’ biggest titles as pre-race favourites American Bode Miller and Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal failed to make the podium.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Old boys club? What old boys club?, asks Tokyo 2020

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – The Tokyo 2020 Olympic leaders on Sunday rejected claims they were a Japanese-only-speaking ageing male club that went against the capital’s attempt to project a youthful image for the Games.

Former Prime Minister Yoshi Mori, 76, said the absence of women on the organising committee’s executive board would be rectified.

Feb 9, 2014

Sochi says security not to blame for stranded fans

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Sochi Olympics organisers on Sunday admitted more than 10 percent of ticket-holding fans missed their competitions on the first day of the Games but it was due to late arrivals and not necessarily because of tight security.

Organisers said they had sold 92 percent of tickets for all the competitions with attendance figures standing at 81 percent.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Sochi says security not to blame for stranded fans

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Sochi Olympics organisers on Sunday admitted more than 10 percent of ticket-holding fans missed their competitions on the first day of the Games but it was due to late arrivals and not necessarily because of tight security.

Organisers said they had sold 92 percent of tickets for all the competitions with attendance figures standing at 81 percent.

Feb 8, 2014

European Games a stepping stone for Azeri Olympic bid

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Azerbaijan is planning to use next year’s inaugural European Games as a stepping stone for another Olympic bid after two failed attempts, the country’s sports minister said on Saturday.

The capital Baku stumbled twice in the first stage of its attempt to land the 2016 and the 2020 Olympic Games, but sports minister Azad Rahimov said the experience from the first continental Games next year will prove invaluable as the country prepares another run on the Olympics.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-European Games a stepping stone for Azeri Olympic bid

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Azerbaijan is planning to use next year’s inaugural European Games as a stepping stone for another Olympic bid after two failed attempts, the country’s sports minister said on Saturday.

The capital Baku stumbled twice in the first stage of its attempt to land the 2016 and the 2020 Olympic Games, but sports minister Azad Rahimov said the experience from the first continental Games next year will prove invaluable as the country prepares another run on the Olympics.

Feb 8, 2014

IOC boss Bach impressed by slopestyle ‘cool guys’

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – With their baggy pants, bandannas and unique vocabulary snowboarders may not be everyone’s idea of the archetypal Olympian, but IOC President Thomas Bach is impressed by the ‘cool guys’ of slopestyle and their gravity-defying tricks.

After meeting the three medalists from Saturday, American Sage Kotsenburg, who topped the podium, Staale Sandbech of Norway and third-placed Canadian Mark McMorris, Bach hailed the arrival of a new generation of athletes at the Sochi Games.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-IOC boss Bach impressed by slopestyle ‘cool guys’

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – With their baggy pants, bandannas and unique vocabulary snowboarders may not be everyone’s idea of the archetypal Olympian, but IOC President Thomas Bach is impressed by the ‘cool guys’ of slopestyle and their gravity-defying tricks.

After meeting the three medallists from Saturday, American Sage Kotsenburg, who topped the podium, Staale Sandbech of Norway and third-placed Canadian Mark McMorris, Bach hailed the arrival of a new generation of athletes at the Sochi Games.

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