Exclusive: Rio 2016 test event will be "difficult" due to polluted waters, admits ISAF official

By Nick Butler

Polluted waters including Guanabara Bay remain a major concern for multiple sports ahead of Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesApril 23 - Holding a Rio 2016 test event on the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay in barely three months' time will be "difficult", a senior official from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has admitted. 

JTA growth in Olympic market recognised by Queen's Award for Enterprise

By Duncan Mackay

JTA have been awarded a Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade after increasing its turnover to £2.5 million, mainly thanks to overseas clients in the Olympic Movement ©JTAApril 22 - British-based international relations and communications agency JTA have been awarded a prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade after increasing its turnover to £2.5 million ($4.2 million/€3 million), most of it coming from overseas clients linked to the Olympic Movement. 

Rome speed up plans for 2024 Olympic bid but still lack Government support

By Nick Butler

CONI remain hopeful of a Rome bid for 2024 but are yet to secure Government endorsement ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 22 - Rome's preparations to bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics have taken the next step with plans to install both a Bid Committee and an operating budget, although the Italian Government are still yet to endorse the campaign.

Russian "Disneyland" in Sochi Olympic Park to open doors to public in May

By Nick Butler

The Sochi 2014 legacy has taken another positive step with the introduction of the Russian Disneyland ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 22 - An amusement park close to the Olympic Park in Sochi dubbed Russia's "Disneyland" will open its doors to visitors in May before a "Grand Opening" in early June, it has been revealed.

Tokyo 2020 will give Japan "momentum" to recover from earthquake, promises Prime Minister

By Duncan Mackay

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at first meeting of the Cabinet to discuss preparations for Tokyo 2020 ©The Asahi Shimbun'Getty ImagesApril 22 - Tokyo 2020 will help Japan show how it has recovered from the massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised today.

Key decisions made as Almaty 2022 give progress update

By Zjan Shirinian

Almaty could be centre stage in 2022, but those behind the bid know there is still plenty of work to be done ©Bloomberg via Getty ImagesApril 21 - A series of key decisions have been made at a meeting reviewing progress with Almaty's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sochi 2014 Olympic Stadium to be home to reformed football club

By Paul Osborne

Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium is set to become the new home of FC Zhemchuzhina ©Getty ImagesApril 20 - Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium is expected to welcome football matches a little earlier than expected following news that the region's football team, FC Zhemchuzhina, is set to be reformed.

It's going to be difficult to replicate London 2012 anti-doping operation in Rio, warns WADA President

By Emily Goddard

Sir Craig Reedie has raised concerns over the progress of Rio 2016's anti-doping lab but claims there is still time ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 20 - Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has warned it is going to be difficult to ensure the drug testing operation at Rio 2016 is as efficient as that of London 2012 because of the delays in the construction schedule.

Pyeongchang 2018 appoint three vice-presidents to look after new divisions

By Duncan Mackay

Pyeongchang 2018 have continued preparations with the appointment of several key figures ©Pyeongchang 2018April 18 - Pyeongchang 2018 has accelerated its planning for the next Winter Olympics and Paralympics by appointing three new vice-presidents who will oversee three major divisions, Games planning, Games operations and Games facilities.
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