Saturday, September 7th 2013 - 18:26 UTC

How the Madrid 2020 Olympic dream was shattered to pieces

Blanco, head of the Spanish Olympic Committee

The Spanish delegation arrived in Buenos Aires as favourites to host the 2020 Olympics in Madrid. They had top credentials: the future King (Prince Felipe) himself a sports enthusiast; the least demanding and irritating budget, (based on Brazil’s ongoing experience) and ample public opinion support in Spain despite the economic situation and record unemployment.

Saturday, September 7th 2013 - 17:19 UTC

Olympics return to Japan despite Fukushima; in final vote Tokyo defeated Istanbul

Japanese delegation celebrating

Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics on Saturday, capitalizing on its reputation as a “safe pair of hands” and defying concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Tokyo defeated Istanbul 60-36 in the final round of secret voting Saturday by the International Olympic Committee. Madrid was eliminated earlier after an initial tie with Istanbul.

Saturday, September 7th 2013 - 02:13 UTC

Final presentation from three PMs to decide what city will host 2020 Olympics

Shinzo Abe of Japan, Mariano Rajoy of Spain and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey will be in Buenos Aires on Saturday

From the Fukushima nuclear leak to the war in Syria to Europe's economic crisis, the choice of the host city for the 2020 Olympics is fraught with risks. Picking the site with the least risks shapes up as the challenge for the International Olympic Committee on Saturday in a tight three-city contest that members say is too close to call.

Friday, September 6th 2013 - 01:42 UTC

Debt-struck Madrid believes its modest budget will end hosting the 2020 Olympics

Spanish Olympic Committee president Alejandro Blanco: “we have the citizens’ support”

Debt-struck Madrid is betting its penny-pinching bid to host the Olympics in 2020 will reap rich economic dividends for recession-hit Spain. The Spanish capital is banking on a low-cost 5 billion dollars Olympic bid that relies heavily on existing stadiums to surprise Tokyo and Istanbul when Olympic chiefs make their decision in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Thursday, September 5th 2013 - 02:25 UTC

Brazil’s protests will affect IOC future decisions; Madrid favourite for 2020

President Rogge: convincing the wider public about the benefits of staging sports’ biggest event

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said his organization and future games hosts must overcome the challenge of convincing the wider public about the benefits of staging sports’ biggest event.

Friday, August 30th 2013 - 00:42 UTC

Malvinas veteran named coach of one of Argentina’s five most popular soccer teams

De Felippe at the press conference when he was official presented

Malvinas veteran Omar de Felippe who was part of the defence ring organized by the invading Argentine military to defend occupied Port Stanley in 1982, has been named coach of Independiente, the ‘red devils’ one of the five most popular soccer teams in Argentina, which after a streak of losing games was condemned to a lower league.

Tuesday, August 20th 2013 - 23:56 UTC

Over a million World Cup ticket requests on opening day: most from Brazil and Argentina

The 2014 World Cup banner

Over one million World Cup finals ticket requests were made within the first seven hours of public sale, soccer's world governing body FIFA said on Tuesday. Most demand for tickets came from Brazil, Argentina, United States, Chile and England.

Friday, August 16th 2013 - 17:42 UTC

World Cup 2014 exposes Brazil’s lack of non-commercial aircraft infrastructure

“Brazilians are last-minute sprinters. It is part of our culture” says Eduardo Marson, chairman of ABAG.

Non-commercial aircraft are expected to carry as many as one in nine international visitors to the World Cup in Brazil next year by some estimates, but industry leaders say the country is unprepared for the oncoming swarm.

Wednesday, August 14th 2013 - 19:41 UTC

Brazil now admits construction pace of five stadiums for World Cup 2014 ‘must be accelerated’

Sports minister Aldo Rebelo: ‘instead of paying 10 workers during two months, pay 20 to work 30 days’

Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo has said he is worried about delays at five stadiums still being built for next year's football World Cup. Rebelo said the pace of construction must be accelerated if the venues are to be ready by this December.

Wednesday, July 24th 2013 - 14:31 UTC

Falklands footballers win Bronze Medal at Islands Games in Bermuda

The Falkland Island Football Team

Despite a tiring 32 hours flight and encountering extremely hot and humid conditions the Falklands football team, playing in their 5th International Island Games competition, took home a bronze medal after defeating the small Norwegian Island of Froya by a 6-0 score line.

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