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from Reuters Soccer Blog:

FIFA battens down the hatches as allegations mount

SOCCER-WORLD/The chill winds of corruption allegations swirling once again around FIFA's Zurich HQ have got world soccer's bosses busy battening down the hatches in the forlorn hope that, if ignored, they will all just blow away.

But if they were to peep out of the windows of their ivory tower overlooking the Swiss financial centre they might see that, in the eyes of much of the world, it is their credibility that is blown and that the process of selecting the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals has been seriously tainted.

Allegations aired in a British television documentary by the BBC that three long-standing members of FIFA's executive committee had received bribes from the body's marketing partners ISL and that a FIFA vice-president had ordered World Cup tickets for himself to sell on to touts were bad enough.

Those claims followed hot on the heels of an entrapment operation on FIFA bosses by London's Sunday Times. The newspaper sting resulted in two executive committee members being fined and excluded from office for indicating their willingness to "sell" their votes to the best bidder in Thursday's ballot.

from Shop Talk:

Olympic Gold for Coke, McDonald’s and Visa

rings1When is Olympic sponsorship money well spent? A Performance Research poll shows it may depend on how the funds are used.

Coke, McDonald's and Visa dominate consumer awareness when it comes to the Olympics, according to a study by the Rhode Island-based research firm that evaluates the sponsorship industry.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

“Support Our Troops” slogan falls foul of Olympic rules

OLYMPICS-ICE HOCKEY/Trouble is brewing over United States ice hockey goalie Jonathan Quick and the “Support Our Troops” slogan on his helmet. Slogans of this sort are banned under Olympic rules and Quick will be told to remove it, the International Ice Hockey Federation has told Reuters.

Ryan Miller has also been told to remove the slogan “Miller Time” from his helmet while the third American netminder Tim Thomas had already placed a sticker over a slogan on his mask for the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Third time lucky for Pyeongchang?

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pyeongchangWith the race for the 2018 winter Games now officially underway, and with the surprise choice of Rio de Janeiro for 2016 fresh in the mind, bid cities will be asking themselves whether paying your Olympic dues is the key factor in getting the Games.

If so, Pyeongchang will have the advantage in the race with Munich and France’s Annecy, with a decision set for 2011.

Chicago bid boss says regional voting, IOC-USOC friction costly

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ryan1A family feud and voters backing the city in their region in the first round led to Chicago’s early exit in last week’s voting to determine the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the head of that city’s bid said.

“Don’t for a moment believe that Chicago finished fourth,” Patrick Ryan told hundreds of executives at a breakfast meeting in downtown Chicago.

from Raw Japan:

Tokyo lights go out

Tokyo's failure to win the 2016 Olympic bid triggered bemused shrugs and a rush for the exits at Tokyo Tower when the result was announced well past midnight on Saturday morning. In truth, no one at the bid party in the Tower seemed to really expect Tokyo to win.

Drummers drummed, cheerleaders rustled pom-poms and a seeming endless string of noisy TV celebrities took turns at the microphone to drum up some Olympic fever among the 400-plus partygoers.

Olympics 2016 decision day: live blog

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Join us for our live blog on the day of the decision for the 2016 Olympic Games, with Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo the four candidate cities.
Comments are open, so please give us your views and predictions, and we have a poll running, so give us your vote as well! poll by twiigs.com

Kevin Fylan, Copenhagen

Will the Obama effect win the 2016 Games for Chicago?

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Michelle Obama arrived in Copenhagen on Wednesday to begin a significant lobbying effort for Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, with her husband expected to join her on the day of Friday’s vote.

The presence of the U.S. president and first lady will give a massive boost to Chicago in its efforts to see off Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro in a secret ballot of International Olympic Committee members in the Danish capital on Friday.

from Raw Japan:

Countdown to 2016 Gold

DENMARK/The delegations and heads of state are gathering in Copenhagen with less than one week to go until the International Olympic Committee's decision on which city will host the 2016 Games.

Billions of dollars in investment and national pride are at stake. Oddsmakers are pegging a close race ahead of the Oct. 2 vote, and we are adding a new question to our poll on candidate cities (included below).

Does golf really deserve a place in the Olympics?

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roggePierre de Coubertin must be turning in his grave at the news that golf, surely the globe’s ultimate consumerist, exclusive sport, is set to be played at the 2016 Olympics.

The Frenchman revived the ancient Olympic Games at the end of the 19th century to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship and amateur ideals of a bygone era.

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