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Feb 6, 2014

Rio 2016 has no time to waste, needs to win over public

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Pressure on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics continued to mount when the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday the city had no more time to waste and needed to win over the hearts of the Brazilian people.

Rio organisers have yet to start construction on their second Olympic park in Deodoro while Nawal El Moutawakel, the IOC’s head of the coordination commission said there were still outstanding issues related to government support.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-Rio 2016 has no time to waste, needs to win over public

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Pressure on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics continued to mount when the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday the city had no more time to waste and needed to win over the hearts of the Brazilian people.

Rio organisers have yet to start construction on their second Olympic park in Deodoro while Nawal El Moutawakel, the IOC’s head of the coordination commission said there were still outstanding issues related to governemnt support.

Feb 6, 2014

UN chief condemns homophobia before Sochi Games

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon condemned sexual discrimination and attacks on homosexuals on Thursday in comments that turned the spotlight on concerns over Russia’s “gay propaganda” law at the Winter Olympics.

Ban made no direct reference to gay rights in Russia in a speech to Olympic officials in Sochi, the Black Sea city which is staging the Games, but his remarks underlined the intense scrutiny President Vladimir Putin is under because of the issue.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-UN chief condemns homophobia before Sochi Games

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon condemned sexual discrimination and attacks on homosexuals on Thursday in comments that turned the spotlight on concerns over Russia’s “gay propaganda” law at the Winter Olympics.

Ban made no direct reference to gay rights in Russia in a speech to Olympic officials in Sochi, the Black Sea city which is staging the Games, but his remarks underlined the intense scrutiny President Vladimir Putin is under because of the issue.

Feb 6, 2014

FIFA boss Blatter wants IOC age limit scrapped

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – World soccer boss Sepp Blatter wants the International Olympic Committee to scrap its age limits for members, saying they should be voted out only if they are incapable of performing their duties.

Blatter said FIFA had conducted its own study and found age limits could be discriminatory and the IOC should scrap them.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-FIFA boss Blatter wants IOC age limit scrapped

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – World soccer boss Sepp Blatter wants the International Olympic Committee to scrap its age limits for members, saying they should be voted out only if they are incapable of performing their duties.

Blatter said FIFA had conducted its own study and found age limits could be discriminatory and the IOC should scrap them.

Feb 6, 2014

IOC extends sponsor deal with Panasonic to 2024

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee has extended its sponsorship deal with Panasonic for another eight years to 2024, making it the first sponsor to do so, the IOC announced on Thursday.

The Japanese electronics company’s current deal with the IOC goes until 2016 and the Rio de Janeiro summer Olympics.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-IOC extends sponsor deal with Panasonic to 2024

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee has extended its sponsorship deal with Panasonic for another eight years to 2024, making it the first sponsor to do so, the IOC announced on Thursday.

The Japanese electronics company’s current deal with the IOC goes until 2016 and the Rio de Janeiro summer Olympics.

Feb 6, 2014

U.N. chief opposes LGBT attacks as Sochi set to start

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – In the first address by a United Nations secretary general to an International Olympic Committee (IOC) session, Ban Ki-moon condemned discrimination and attacks on people based on their sexual orientation.

Speaking on the eve of the February 7-23 Sochi Games opening ceremony, Ban said: “Hatred of any kind must have no place in the 21st century.”

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-UN chief opposes LGBT attacks as Sochi set to start

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – In the first address by a United Nations secretary general to an International Olympic Committee (IOC) session, Ban Ki-moon condemned discrimination and attacks on people based on their sexual orientation.

Speaking on the eve of the Feb. 7-23 Sochi Games opening ceremony, Ban said: “Hatred of any kind must have no place in the 21st century.”

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