CBI and Caribbean Broadcasting Union sign Rio 2016 Olympics deal

By Emily Goddard

The Caribbean Broadcasting Union has struck a deal with CANOC Broadcasting Incorporated for Rio 2016 ©CBUCANOC Broadcasting Incorporated (CBI) and the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) have signed a memorandum of understanding that is set to bring unprecedented coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics to the Caribbean.

Rio 2016 rowing venue renovation work due to start in April, Government announces

By Liam Morgan

The Rio Sate Government have announced renovation work at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas will begin in April ©Getty ImagesRenovation work at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, due to host the Olympic and Paralympic rowing and canoe sprint events next year will start in April, the Rio de Janeiro State Government has announced.

IOC President Bach praises China's vision about importance of sport as meets country's Foreign Minister

By Emily Goddard

Thomas Bach met with global officials while negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme are being held in Lausanne ©IOC/Christophe MoratalThomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), today met with China's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, in Lausanne and praised the nation's "vision about the importance of sport".

Tokyo 2020 President reveals he is suffering from lung cancer but claims prognosis good

By Michael Pavitt

Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori has confirmed that he has been treated for cancer ©AFP/Getty ImagesTokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori has revealed he has been treated for cancer but claimed it will not affect him carrying out his duties in the build-up to the Olympics and Paralympics. 

Exclusive: China promises to lift ban on Facebook and Twitter if Beijing awarded 2022 Winter Olympics

By Nick Butler at the Gehua New Century Hotel in Beijing

Free internet access has been promised throughout Beijing in 2022 ©Beijing 2022There will be unrestricted internet access throughout all of Beijing and Zhangjiakou during the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics if the cities are awarded the Games, Chinese officials have promised. 

Rio 2016 announce beginning of volunteer selection as training centre opens

By Liam Morgan

Rio 2016 have announced they have started the volunteer selection process and they have opened a brand new training centre ©Rio 2016Rio 2016 have announced they have started selecting volunteers for next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games and have opened a new training centre in order to support the process.

Beijing 2022 refuse to reveal cost of high speed railway as "unrelated" to Olympics

By Nick Butler at the Intercontinental Hotel in Beijing

IOC Evaluation Commission chair Alexander Zhukov and executive director for the Olympic Games, Christophe Dubi, speak after the conclusion of the five day inspection ©Beijing 2022No budget for the high speed railway due to link the three venue clusters proposed in Beijing's 2022 Olympic and Paralympic bid has been given here to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission, as it is "unrelated" to the Games.

Rio 2016 sign deal for American company to find lodgings for spectators

By Duncan Mackay

Up to 20,000 rooms in private houses and accommodation will be available during Rio 2016 following a deal with Airbnb ©Getty ImagesRio 2016 has signed a deal with online hospitality provider Airbnb to help spectators find accommodation in private houses and apartments during the Olympics and Paralympics, they announced today.  

Lack of transparency over budget continues to overshadow Beijing 2022 bid

By Nick Butler at the Gehua New Century Hotel in Beijing

The cost of the high speed railway, repeatedly cited by Beijing 2022 as a key part of their bid, remains unknown ©Beijing 2022Beijing 2022 have pitched the commercial potential of their Olympic and Paralympic plans to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission here today, but have still not revealed wider spending costs associated with the bid.
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