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Exclusive: “There is huge popular support” for Olympics in Istanbul claims bid official

(Editor’s Note.  This article is one of five being posted to the Digest blog on the same day.  All five stories deal with a...

Maximizing Heritage and Economic Impact From Hosting Major Sporting Events

(Editor’s Note: Professor Franco B. Ascani is the President of the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs and a member of the International Olympic Commission...

Mario Vazquez Raña resigns

Mario Vazquez Raña, one of the most influential figures in the Olympic movement, abruptly announced his resignation Thursday as a member of the International...

Live from London: It’s the 2012 Summer Olympics on NBC

Yahoo Sports has a report on its website that is of major interest to those who will be watching the 2012 Summer Olympics from...

IOC Working for Gender Equity in the Olympic Movement

The first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896 were not open to women. Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the International Olympic...

We Need to Listen to Our Young People

Like most kids with raw talent, Eli began his athletic career playing catch in the yard. It was clear from his earliest days he...

Qatar Promises an Air-Conditioned World Cup

Qatar, where summertime temperatures frequently surpass 40 C (104 F), has announced that all 12 of the stadiums it plans to use for the 2022 World Club soccer tournament will be air conditioned, and open-air, as required by FIFA. Click here for full story.

You’re out! Softball’s Olympic Odyssey

Softball, an Olympic sport from 1996 to 2008, was dropped from the Summer Games of 2012 and 2016. The reason was never made clear,...

USOC Inks Training Base Deal with University of East London

Inside the Games reports that the United States Olympic team recently secured training and preparation facilities in London for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games. More than 1000 athletes will have access to training and medical services as well as accommodation in new facilities currently under construction by the University of East London. The new $32 million complex is due to open in 2011. Click here for more information.

Another Russian Revolution: Sport as a Catalyst for Change

At the recent Global Sports Industry Congress in London, Dmitry Chernyshenko, CEO of the Sochi Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2014, compared social changes taking place in Sochi as a result of Games planning to another Russian revolution. He also noted the many benefits that awarding major events to emerging countries can bring. Click here for more information.

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