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Feb 5, 2014

IOC mulls revamp of Games bid process, sports and risk

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – From a cheaper bidding process to hosting Games in more than one city, the International Olympic Committee opened the floor to suggestions on Wednesday as it looks to keep the world’s biggest multi-sports event popular and profitable in the years ahead.

The IOC reaps massive profits from the Games but the organization is alarmed at dwindling numbers of candidates for host cities, rising costs and social opposition to the Olympics.

Feb 5, 2014

Olympics-IOC mulls revamp of Games bid process, sports and risk

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 5 (Reuters) – From a cheaper bidding process to hosting Games in more than one city, the International Olympic Committee opened the floor to suggestions on Wednesday as it looks to keep the world’s biggest multi-sports event popular and profitable in the years ahead.

The IOC reaps massive profits from the Games but the organisation is alarmed at dwindling numbers of candidates for host cities, rising costs and social opposition to the Olympics.

Feb 4, 2014

Stop using Games for cheap political gain: IOC chief

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Sochi Winter Olympics are a purely sporting event which should not be used by uninvited guests to score political points, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday.

In a clear reference to world leaders who publicly refused to attend the first Winter Games in Russia, Bach said in an address in the host Russian city that some of them had not even been invited.

Feb 4, 2014

Olympics-Stop using Games for cheap political gain – IOC chief

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 4 (Reuters) – The Sochi Winter Olympics are a purely sporting event which should not be used by uninvited guests to score political points, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday.

In a clear reference to world leaders who publicly refused to attend the first Winter Games in Russia, Bach said in an address in the host Russian city that some of them had not even been invited.

Feb 4, 2014

Pole vault queen Isinbayeva to return to training in 2015

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has her sights set on a third gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games but will not return to training until next year.

Isinbayeva, voted Russian athlete of the year in 2013 and the ceremonial mayor of the athletes village at the Sochi Games, won gold in Athens and Beijing but could do no better than bronze in London in 2012.

Feb 4, 2014

Olympics-Pole vault queen Isinbayeva to return to training in 2015

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has her sights set on a third gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games but will not return to training until next year.

Isinbayeva, voted Russian athlete of the year in 2013 and the ceremonial mayor of the athletes village at the Sochi Games, won gold in Athens and Beijing but could do no better than bronze in London in 2012.

Feb 4, 2014

IOC tours Games village, remembers Volgograd victims

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach paid tribute to victims of the recent bombing in Volgograd during a tour of the Sochi Games athletes village on Tuesday.

Bach, who was elected head of the IOC in September, also said people of all ‘perspectives’ were welcome at the Olympics.

Feb 4, 2014

Olympics-IOC tours Games village, remembers Volgograd victims

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 4 (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach paid tribute to victims of the recent bombing in Volgograd during a tour of the Sochi Games athletes village on Tuesday.

Bach, who was elected head of the IOC in September, also said people of all ‘perspectives’ were welcome at the Olympics.

Feb 3, 2014

IOC chief says seven-year rule not set in stone

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – An International Olympic Committee rule that forces a sport to wait seven years before it can potentially become part of the Games program is “more or less obsolete,” IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.

Bach, who took over from Jacques Rogge in September, is eager to revamp the organization, change the bidding process for candidate cities and refresh the sports program.

Feb 3, 2014

Olympics-IOC chief says seven-year rule not set in stone

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 3 (Reuters) – An International Olympic Committee rule that forces a sport to wait seven years before it can potentially become part of the Games programme is “more or less obsolete,” IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.

Bach, who took over from Jacques Rogge in September, is eager to revamp the organisation, change the bidding process for candidate cities and refresh the sports programme.

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