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    • Budapest's Olympics bid dropped amid cries of 'cowardly' move not to allow referendum

      Budapest's Olympics bid dropped amid cries of 'cowardly' move not to allow referendum

      The decision not to put Budapest's dropped 2024 Olympic bid to a referendum has been condemned as "cowardly" by the youth movement Momentum which had gathered more than 260,000 signatures to spark a ballot opposing the games. As it faced growing opposition over the event's cost, the ruling Fidesz party said the bid would be withdrawn after a decision made by the prime minister Viktor Orban, Budapest mayor Istvan Tarlos and the Hungarian Olympic Committee. Momentum had managed to gather enough signatures in 30 days to spark a referendum asking whether Hungarians should reject an event that had waning support among the population. More »

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    • IPL auction and Olympic funding cuts highlight the riches and rage of sport

      IPL auction and Olympic funding cuts highlight the riches and rage of sport

      Ben Stokes has become the most expensive foreign cricketer ever to be signed to the nouveau riches of the Indian Premier League. Meanwhile, British Olympians and Paralympians in several sports have been told that their UK Sport funding is to be taken away. In the cricketing amphitheatres of the sub-continent, Stokes will be paid £1.7m to bat, bowl and field for Rising Pune Supergiants. More »

      International Business Times - 1 hour 4 minutes ago
    • Former USA Gymnastics physician faces new round of sexual assault charges

      Former USA Gymnastics physician faces new round of sexual assault charges

      A former physician with USA Gymnastics accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women and girls is facing more than 20 new criminal charges, authorities in Michigan announced on Wednesday (22 February). Lawrence "Larry" Nassar was charged with 22 felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced. The 53-year-old former physician is accused of assaulting the women under the pretence of medical care both in his home and in medical locations, including the Michigan State University (MSU) sports medicine clinic and Twistars Gymnastics Club. More »

      International Business Times - 3 hours ago
    • Olympics, smartphones push Twitter revenue up 30 percent in Brazil

      Olympics, smartphones push Twitter revenue up 30 percent in Brazil

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      Reuters - 4 hours ago
    • China's Ning kicked out of national squad

      China's Ning kicked out of national squad

      World champion Ning Zetao has been ditched from China's national swimming squad for violating several team rules including signing sponsorship contracts without the team's consent, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Wednesday. Ning had been sent back to his Chinese Navy team for training, Xinhua said, citing the Chinese swimming authority. "Ning Zetao violated the rules of the national swimming team which has resulted in adverse effect on the team," said a statement from the Swimming Management Centre of the General Administration of Sport of China. More »

      Reuters - 7 hours ago