Posts tagged “Olympics”

Rio to follow London after winning Olympic 2016 bid

It seems that if you want to win the right to host a summer Olympics, you should never become the outright favourite. Paris discovered this when they were pipped by London, and now the same fate has struck Chicago. So what clinched it for Rio? Probably two key factors; one is ...

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World Leisure Congress – Hangzhou, China

This event took place in October and had the theme of ‘Leisure as integral to social, cultural and economic development.’ The event was running as part of a six-month extravaganza of exhibitions, festivals, cultural performances and entertainment. The venue? A mere $ 1 billion dollar leisure development. It’s estimated that China ...

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Sierra Leone to bid for 2024 Olympics

For those that don’t know, Sierra Leone is the poorest country one earth. I’ll come clean and say that they won’t be bidding, but I wanted to make a point about the growing trend of smaller nations bidding to host global sports events. Today I was participating in the Global Sports ...

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Olympics comes to London…and all because someone pressed the wrong button!

I was at the Business in Sport & Leisure Conference today held in London with an array of high profile speakers including The Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP, UK Minister for Sport. It was fascinating listening to Philip Beard, Commercial Director of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games ...

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What Price For Success?

There has been significant controversy following Mathew Pinsent’s visit to China and his observations that young Chinese gymnasts were being unfairly treated in pursuit of excellence. This followed his visit to the Shichahai Sports School, a boarding school in Beijing that trains gymnasts. He said: `I've been thinking about it a ...

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