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Jul 30, 2015

Rugby-Top officials to meet 2019 World Cup organisers over arena

KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 (Reuters) – World Rugby officials will meet 2019 World Cup organisers on Thursday in the hope of thrashing out a solution after hosts Japan decided to scrap plans for a new stadium that would have hosted the tournament’s feature matches.

Costs for a New National Stadium, set to be the centrepiece of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics as well as the venue for the rugby World Cup opening game and final, soared to $2.1 billion, nearly twice original estimates.

Jul 29, 2015

Olympics-Oil cash to ease IOC concerns over Almaty bid-Kazakh PM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s $70 billion oil fund should ease any concerns regarding the nation’s ability to host the 2022 winter Olympics, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov said on Wednesday with Almaty facing Beijing in a vote this week.

The Prime Minister, who also heads the Kazakh city’s bid to land the winter Games, said any worries about his nation’s ability to deliver the multi-billion project are unfounded.

Jul 29, 2015

Boston to blame for Olympic bid flop, says IOC’s Bach

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has laid the blame squarely on Boston for its aborted attempt to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, saying the city had failed to deliver on its promises.

Boston was picked by the United States Olympic Committee to be the country’s candidate for the 2024 Games but USOC rescinded its bid in a spectacular U-turn on Monday after the city’s mayor said taxpayers could not afford to host the event.

Jul 29, 2015

Olympics-Boston to blame for Olympic bid flop, says IOC’s Bach

KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has laid the blame squarely on Boston for its aborted attempt to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, saying the city had failed to deliver on its promises.

Boston was picked by the United States Olympic Committee to be the country’s candidate for the 2024 Games but USOC rescinded its bid in a spectacular U-turn on Monday after the city’s mayor said taxpayers could not afford to host the event.

Jul 29, 2015

Tokyo Olympic Games chief apologizes for stadium plan scrapping

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Tokyo 2020 Games chief Yoshiro Mori on Wednesday formally apologized to the International Olympic Committee after plans for the new Olympic stadium were scrapped earlier this month over ballooning costs.

Mori, who presented a progress report to the IOC Executive Board, said the Olympic body had officially accepted Japan’s review of stadium plans and offered its support as organizers now face a race against time to get it ready for the Games.

Jul 29, 2015

Olympics-Tokyo Games chief apologises for stadium plan scrapping

KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 (Reuters) – Tokyo 2020 Games chief Yoshiro Mori on Wednesday formally apologised to the International Olympic Committee after plans for the new Olympic stadium were scrapped earlier this month over ballooning costs.

Mori, who presented a progress report to the IOC Executive Board, said the Olympic body had officially accepted Japan’s review of stadium plans and offered its support as organisers now face a race against time to get it ready for the Games.

Jul 28, 2015

Kazakh president Nazarbayev still doubtful for IOC vote

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev will leave it to the last minute before deciding whether to embark on what could be a make-or-break trip to Kuala Lumpur this week, as Almaty faces Beijing in a bid to land the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The host city for those Olympics will be announced on Friday after a vote of International Olympic Committee members in the Malaysian capital. Both cities will be frantically lobbying in the days leading up to the ballot.

Jul 28, 2015

Olympics-Kazakh president Nazarbayev still doubtful for IOC vote

KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev will leave it to the last minute before deciding whether to embark on what could be a make-or-break trip to Kuala Lumpur this week, as Almaty faces Beijing in a bid to land the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The host city for those Olympics will be announced on Friday after a vote of International Olympic Committee members in the Malaysian capital. Both cities will be frantically lobbying in the days leading up to the ballot.

Jul 28, 2015

IOC expects U.S. 2024 bid despite Boston pullout

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee remains confident the United States will deliver a bid to host the 2024 Summer Games despite Boston’s withdrawal from the race on Monday.

“For the IOC this was always about an American bid put forward by the United States Olympic Committee,” IOC President Thomas Bach told reporters on the opening day of an Executive Board meeting in the Malaysian capital on Tuesday.

Jul 28, 2015

Olympics officials meet for 2022 vote as Boston withdraws

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee started a week-long session in Malaysia on Tuesday, where the selection of a host for the 2022 Winter Olympics and checks on new reforms took an early backseat to Boston’s withdrawal from the 2024 race.

Only China’s Beijing and Kazakhstan’s Almaty remain in the running for the 2022 event after four bidders withdrew from the race with the Games, especially the winter edition, struggling to attract interest from prospective hosts.

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