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    • Fuelled by Olympic momentum, young Hungarian group aims for parliament

      Fuelled by Olympic momentum, young Hungarian group aims for parliament

      By Krisztina Than BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Organising their campaign from a decrepit basement, a group of young professionals and students have collected a quarter of a million signatures in a month to press for a referendum that could force Budapest to abandon its 2024 Olympic bid. No opposition group has had such an impact on a major issue since Orban rose to power in 2010. In targeting the Olympics, Momentum has challenged an event seen as being of symbolic importance to the prime minister. More »

      Reuters - 19 minutes ago
    • Budapest Olympic bid on last legs as mayor to seek government guidance

      Budapest Olympic bid on last legs as mayor to seek government guidance

      By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Budapest's mayor is expected to seek government guidance on the future of its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, according to a council resolution widely seen as paving the way for the city to withdraw its candidacy. Bidding alongside powerhouses Los Angeles and Paris, Budapest has been considered a long-shot candidate, pinning its hopes on the International Olympic Committee's Agenda 2020 initiative that seeks a return for the event to simpler values and smaller price tags. After local opponents of the candidacy last week submitted a quarter of a million signatures on a petition for a referendum on the bid, Budapast Mayor Istvan Tarlos suggested the city might quit the race. More »

      Reuters - 26 minutes ago
    • 'Ninja business': Japan turns to samurai-era acrobatic spies to woo tourists 

      'Ninja business': Japan turns to samurai-era acrobatic spies to woo tourists 

      Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourism. The Japan Ninja Council, a government-backed organisation of scholars, tourism groups and businesses, said Wednesday that it's starting a Ninja Academy to train people in the art of ninja, and building a new museum in Tokyo devoted to ninja, set to open in 2018. "The art of ninja is made up of various elements, such as combat, survival techniques and astronomy," Jinichi Kawakami, known as "the last ninja" and a master of the Koga ninja school, told reporters at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. More »

      The Telegraph - 1 hour 9 minutes ago
    • Olympics-Budapest Olympic bid on last legs as mayor to seek govt guidance

      Budapest's mayor is expected to seek government guidance on the future of its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, according to a council resolution widely seen as paving the way for the city to withdraw its candidacy. Bidding alongside powerhouses Los Angeles and Paris, Budapest has been considered a long-shot candidate, pinning its hopes on the International Olympic Committee's Agenda 2020 initiative that seeks a return for the event to simpler values and smaller price tags. After local opponents of the candidacy last week submitted a quarter of a million signatures on a petition for a referendum on the bid, Budapast Mayor Istvan Tarlos suggested the city might quit the race. More »

      Reuters - 1 hour 12 minutes ago
    • Gymnastics-Raisman keeps eye on Tokyo during 'crazy' downtime

      Gymnastics-Raisman keeps eye on Tokyo during 'crazy' downtime

      By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - American gymnast Aly Raisman has been caught up in a whirlwind since helping the United States to its golden haul in Rio and the triple Olympic champion is waiting for her world to stop spinning before setting her sights on the 2020 Tokyo Games. Raisman, who captained the 'Final Five' U.S. women to the most dominant Olympic victory in the team event six months ago, will be 26 when she bids for her third Olympics, hoping to defy gymnastics' stereotype as a sport built for petite teenagers. The Boston-born Raisman is in no great hurry to plunge back into competition, however, knowing a year off to freshen up could be her best chance of building motivation for another tilt at surviving the cut-throat competition to make the U.S. team. More »

      Reuters - 2 hours 36 minutes ago