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  • Tokyo favours venue changes as 2020 Games costs soar

    By Elaine Lies and Chris Gallagher TOKYO (Reuters) - A Tokyo panel on Thursday urged changes to three venues for the 2020 Olympics in the face of ballooning costs but organisers say such adjustments may prove difficult to instigate in time for the Games. Tokyo touted access to a $4.5 billion war chest when it beat Madrid and Istanbul in its successful 2013 bid for the Summer Games but recently elected governor Yuriko Koike campaigned on reining in ballooning costs and ordered a review of expenses. The proposed changes, which could include moving rowing and canoeing some 400 km (250 miles) from Tokyo, would require the approval of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and each sport's international federation. More »

    Reuters - 18 minutes ago
  • Olympics-Tokyo favours venue changes as 2020 Games costs soar

    By Elaine Lies and Chris Gallagher TOKYO, Sept 29 (Reuters) - A Tokyo panel on Thursday urged changes to three venues for the 2020 Olympics in the face of ballooning costs but organisers say such adjustments may prove difficult to instigate in time for the Games. Tokyo touted access to a $4.5 billion war chest when it beat Madrid and Istanbul in its successful 2013 bid for the Summer Games but recently elected governor Yuriko Koike campaigned on reining in ballooning costs and ordered a review of expenses. The proposed changes, which could include moving rowing and canoeing some 400 km (250 miles) from Tokyo, would require the approval of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and each sport's international federation. More »

    Reuters - 21 minutes ago
  • China to build deepest, largest high-speed rail station at Great Wall

    China will build the world's deepest and largest high-speed railway station at a popular section of the country's Great Wall, as part of its preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics, state media reported on Thursday. The station will be at Badaling, the most visited section of the Great Wall which lies about 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Beijing. The site received 30,000 tourists in just one day during the Chinese New Year holiday week, according to the China National Tourism Administration. More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 26 minutes ago
  • Italy withdraws from bid to host 2023 rugby World Cup

    Italy withdrew from the race to host the 2023 rugby World Cup on Wednesday, one week after Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games was effectively scuppered when the city government withdrew its support. The Italian rugby federation (FIR) said the two bids had been closely linked and it was not possible to carry on. "As it has always been closely connected to that of the Olympic Games of Rome 2024, the candidacy for the 10th edition of the Rugby World Cup has no more conditions to continue," said FIR president Alfredo Gavazzi. More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago
  • Rugby-Italy withdraws from bid to host 2023 rugby World Cup

    Italy withdrew from the race to host the 2023 rugby World Cup on Wednesday, one week after Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games was effectively scuppered when the city government withdrew its support. The Italian rugby federation (FIR) said the two bids had been closely linked and it was not possible to carry on. "As it has always been closely connected to that of the Olympic Games of Rome 2024, the candidacy for the 10th edition of the Rugby World Cup has no more conditions to continue," said FIR president Alfredo Gavazzi. More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago