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  • Brazil Arrests Group Planning Terrorist Attacks

    07/21/2016 11:24:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    Brazilian authorities arrested a group they say were plotting "acts of terrorism." Rio de Janeiro will play host to the 2016 Summer Olympics in just two weeks.Specifics as to what exactly was being planned or any ideology that the group subscribed to has not yet been released. However, one news source said that the group was connected to ISIS--but this has not been confirmed. Islamist groups in Brazil have previously pledged allegiance to ISIS, sparking the fears of authorities. It was unclear where the operation was taking place or what the specifics of the operation were. Justice Minister Alexandre de...
  • Brazilian police arrest 10 people and hunt two more as they smash ISIS plan for attacks on Olympics

    07/21/2016 8:52:41 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    The DailyMail ^ | 21 July 2016 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline and Chris Summers For Mailonline
    Brazil's federal police today arrested 10 people and smashed a network allied to ISIS that was preparing 'acts of terrorism' at next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. President Michel Temer has called an emergency cabinet meeting and Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said the operation spanned nine states across Brazil, although the arrests were made in the southern states of Sao Paulo and Parana. A court in Parana said there were indications the group was planning to use weapons to launch attacks similar to the Paris atrocities in November last year. Earlier this month Mr Moraes said a jihadist...
  • English Heritage 'deadly serious' about bid to get jousting into Olympics

    07/20/2016 6:21:27 PM PDT · by NRx · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 07-20-2016 | Mark Brown
    There is far more to it than two armoured horse riders hurtling towards each other with 12ft lances. Jousting demands levels of athleticism, agility and equestrianism that make it an ideal candidate for the Olympics, English Heritage argues. The organisation has launched a campaign to get jousting recognised as an Olympic sport in time for Tokyo 2020.“We are being deadly serious,” said Lucy Hutchings, English Heritage’s head of projects. “It is an incredible spectator sport, a really fascinating thing to watch. The skill of the knight and the horses make it a great thing to witness … we absolutely believe...
  • Russia doping in Sochi was state-dictated with secret service backing, WADA report finds

    07/19/2016 12:40:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    ABC ^ | 07/18/2016
    The Moscow laboratory operated a scheme for the false reporting of positive samples which Richard McClaren called the Disappearing Positive Methodology The Ministry of Sport, the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the main heir to the Soviet-era KGB, were all involved Russia's Deputy Minister of Sport Yuri Nagornykh was advised of every positive test from 2011 onwards and decided "who would benefit from a cover-up and who would not be protected" Mr Nagornykh used the code word "save" when he wanted an athlete who had tested positive to be protected and "quarantine" for the...
  • Man tries to put out Olympic torch with fire extinguisher in Brazil

    07/19/2016 6:44:24 AM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 33 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 7-19-2016 | Dan Carson
    Flame on. While the Olympic torch was being carried through the Brazilian city of Joinville on Thursday, a man attempted to put out the flame with a fire extinguisher. A runner ran through the streets with the torch when a spectator came out of nowhere and did his best to extinguish the flame. The man got one burst of the extinguisher off before he was swarmed by security. The attempt was, fortunately, a failure, but even in failure, a second attempt doesn't bode well for the remaining days of torch transit. We don't know the most recent attacker's motivations, but...
  • Rio 2016's record-breaking haul: 42 condoms per athlete

    07/18/2016 11:35:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | July 18, 2016 | Chitra Ramaswamy
    Seventeen days, 10,500 athletes, 33 venues, and 450,000 condoms. That’s how many camisinhas (little shirts in Brazilian slang) are being supplied by the International Olympics Committee for the 2016 Rio Summer Games. Forty-two per athlete, to be specific, which, even by Olympic standards, is a hell of a lot.
  • The Black Lives Matter Movement Is Heading To The Rio Olympics

    07/15/2016 8:38:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | July 14, 2016 | Travis Waldron
    The trip will highlight the "globalization of police brutality," activists say. As protests continue throughout the country over the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the latest African-American men to die at the hands of police, a coalition of Black Lives Matter activists will take their movement to a new place next week: Rio de Janeiro. It's the latest effort to expand the Black Lives Matter message across the globe, and it comes at an important time. With less than a month to go before Rio hosts the 2016 Olympic Games, the activists hope they can take advantage...
  • Meet the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team

    07/11/2016 2:48:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 11 | Christine Rousselle
    The Rio Olympics don’t begin until August 5, but the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team was announced on Sunday night following the second day of the Olympic Trials. Here’s a guide to who will be representing the USA (and by all likelihood, winning gold) in Rio in just a few weeks: Simone Biles, 19, Spring, TX:What’s her deal?: Since 2013, Simone has been the undisputed queen of gymnastics. She has won 10 world championship gold medals (three in the all-around, three for floor exercise, two for the team competition, and two for balance beam) and is the first woman ever to...
  • Golf champ to skip Olympics over Zika

    07/09/2016 12:43:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 9, 2016 | Nikita Vladimirov
    U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson on Friday said that he will not attend the Olympic Games in Rio over the fears of Zika virus, ESPN reported. "I feel it would be irresponsible to put myself, [my fiancée,] or our family at risk," said the athlete, who is ranked second in the sport worldwide. "I believe I am making the right decision for me and, most importantly, my family. While I am sure some will be critical of my decision, my hope is that most will understand and support it." Thirteen golfers have already announced that they will not be at...
  • USA Transnational Report – July 9, 2016 – Dallas Attacks, Olympics, Comey, Bibi In Africa [radio]

    07/09/2016 6:37:57 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 2 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | July 9, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Orlando, Istanbul, Dhaka, Baghdad, Medina, Qatif, and Israel (and New York?) – the specter of terrorism haunts our world in these dangerous times. Next month, Brazil takes center stage with the Olympic Games. How are authorities assessing the very real threat of terrorism? FBI Director James Comey gave several valid reasons as to how the FBI knew that Hillary Clinton committed a series of crimes that directly compromised national security. Then, Comey absolved her in one of most troubling displays of naked corruption and/or coercion in modern history. Attacks in Dallas have the nation on edge – how much responsibility...
  • Rio police tell tourists they won’t be able to protect them during Olympics: ‘Welcome to hell’

    07/06/2016 7:40:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2016 | Jessica Chasmar
    Rio de Janeiro police officers are warning tourists that they’re on their own this summer as the Brazilian city struggles to cope with rising violent crime ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. About 100 Rio state police officers protested last week in the arrivals hall of Rio’s main international airport holding banners that read “Welcome to Hell,” Agence France-Presse reported. “Police and firefighters don’t get paid, whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe,” the sign said, CNN reported. “We are here to show citizens and tourists from abroad the realities of Brazil,” said veteran police Officer Alexander...
  • Brazil’s Olympic Catastrophe

    07/02/2016 6:56:34 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 1, 2016 | Vanessa Barbara
    IT’S official: The Olympic Games in Rio are an unnatural disaster. On June 17, fewer than 50 days before the start of the Games, the state of Rio de Janeiro declared a "state of public calamity." A financial crisis is preventing the state from honoring its commitments to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the governor said. That crisis is so severe, he said, it could eventually bring about "a total collapse in public security, health, education, mobility and environmental management." The authorities are now authorized to ration essential public services and the state is eligible for emergency funds from the...
  • Mutilated body washes up on Rio beach that is Olympics beach volleyball venue

    06/29/2016 7:17:45 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 58 replies
    Reuters via the Guardian ^ | 6/29/16 | Reuters
    Parts of a mutilated body have washed up on the sands of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro just meters from where beach volleyball athletes will compete in the upcoming Olympics. The discovery is the latest to unnerve the city as it grapples with rising crime, a recession and exhausted state finances at a time when it hoped to be celebrating the first Olympics ever held in South America. It was unclear Wednesday afternoon what conditions may have led to the mutilated body but a policeman standing guard by a security perimeter confirmed its existence to Reuters.
  • Olympic Countdown: Al Qaeda Terrorist Released from Gitmo to Uruguay Sneaked into Brazil..

    06/28/2016 4:02:56 PM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    judicialwatch.org ^ | June 28, 2016
    With the summer Olympics just a few weeks away in Brazil, a veteran Al Qaeda operative released from Guantanamo to Uruguay has gone missing and authorities in Latin America believe he sneaked into Brazil after being denied legal entry. The Islamic terrorist’s name is Jihad Ahmad Diyab an in late 2014 President Obama sent him to Uruguay along with five fellow Gitmo inmates as part of a misguided plan to shut down the U.S. military prison at the Naval base in southeast Cuba. Now officials from Uruguay, Brazil and the United States are scrambling to find Diyab, according to news...
  • Olympic Countdown: Al Qaeda Terrorist Released from Gitmo to Uruguay Sneaked into Brazil, Where...

    06/28/2016 11:15:34 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 28, 2016
    Full title: Olympic Countdown: Al Qaeda Terrorist Released from Gitmo to Uruguay Sneaked into Brazil, Whereabouts Unknown With the summer Olympics just a few weeks away in Brazil, a veteran Al Qaeda operative released from Guantanamo to Uruguay has gone missing and authorities in Latin America believe he sneaked into Brazil after being denied legal entry. The Islamic terrorist’s name is Jihad Ahmad Diyab an in late 2014 President Obama sent him to Uruguay along with five fellow Gitmo inmates as part of a misguided plan to shut down the U.S. military prison at the Naval base in southeast Cuba....
  • Olympics Trivia - Shortest Event (vanity)

    06/23/2016 7:52:13 PM PDT · by super7man · 16 replies
    Vanity | 6/23/2016 | Self
    I was wondering what is the quickest Olympic event that from the start of the timing or judging to the finish that you can actually win a metal for. I was thinking long jump. You are judged from the time you hit the plank to hitting the sand. 0.2 seconds? Or maybe highjump, where you are judged only for the time you are over the bar. 0.1 seconds?
  • Amazon jaguar shot dead after Olympic torch ceremony

    06/21/2016 3:37:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    reuters ^ | 06/21/2016
    A jaguar featured at an Olympic torch ceremony was shot dead by a soldier shortly after the event in the Brazilian Amazon city of Manaus as the animal escaped from its handlers, an army statement said. The jaguar was killed on Monday at a zoo attached to a military training center when a soldier fired a single pistol shot after the animal, despite being tranquilized, approached the soldier, the army said. “We made a mistake in permitting the Olympic torch, a symbol of peace and unity, to be exhibited alongside a chained wild animal. This image goes against our beliefs...
  • Amazon jaguar shot dead at Olympic torch ceremony

    06/21/2016 1:34:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 6/21/16 | Reuters
    Amazon jaguar shot dead at Olympic torch ceremony [Reuters] Reuters June 21, 2016 Brazilian physiotherapist Igor Simoes Andrade poses for picture next to jaguar Juma as he takes part in the Olympic Flame torch relay in Manaus View photos Brazilian physiotherapist Igor Simoes Andrade poses for picture next to jaguar Juma as he takes part in the Olympic Flame torch relay in Manaus, Brazil, June 20, 2016. Picture taken June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Marcio Melo RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A jaguar featured at an Olympic torch ceremony was shot dead by a soldier shortly after the event in the Brazilian...
  • Rio state government declares financial disaster as Olympics loom (games in danger alert)

    06/18/2016 6:15:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 18, 2016
    The acting governor of Rio de Janeiro's state government declared a state of financial disaster Friday in an effort to change budgetary priorities without disrespecting Brazil's fiscal laws. [Snip] [The governor's] office said in a statement that the decision was made because a dip in revenues from taxes and oil royalties was "stopping the state of Rio de Janeiro from honoring its commitment to the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games." He said the state is facing a "public calamity." "The financial crisis has brought several difficulties in essential public services and it could cause the total collapse of...
  • Russian athletes could miss Olympics after IAAF upholds ban: Report

    06/17/2016 9:02:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 17, 2016 | Staff
    The International Association of Athletics Federations chose Friday to uphold its decision to ban Russian track and field athletes from international competition because of doping, according to multiple British media reports. The IAAF Council met in Vienna to vote on the association’s November ruling that suspended all Russian track and field athletes indefinitely. A news conference is expected to be held later on Friday.
  • Olympics: 'Genitals Included

    06/12/2016 5:32:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2016 | Kevin McCullough
    Being a really great female athlete just got harder. It also must really stink about now. Title IX can’t even fix this. The International Olympic Committee (which has had an impossible task of keeping performance enhancing drugs out of the systems of their athletes) has now sanctioned that men (complete with genitalia given at birth) will be allowed to compete against women. The IOC believes that men who lower their testosterone level by a certain percent for a defined length of time have become sufficiently “female enough” to get to run, race, box, lift, jump, skate, etc against exclusively other...
  • Exclusive: Studies find 'super bacteria' in Rio's Olympic venues, top beaches

    06/10/2016 7:57:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 06/10/2016 | Brad Brooks
    Scientists have found dangerous drug-resistant "super bacteria" off beaches in Rio de Janeiro that will host Olympic swimming events and in a lagoon where rowing and canoe athletes will compete when the Games start on Aug. 5. The findings from two unpublished academic studies seen by Reuters concern Rio's most popular spots for tourists and greatly increase the areas known to be infected by the microbes normally found only in hospitals. ... A study published in late 2014 had shown the presence of the super bacteria - classified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an...
  • Zika Prompts Pregnant NBC Anchor Savannah Guthrie to Pass on Olympics Assignment

    06/08/2016 6:07:09 AM PDT · by Brookhaven · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 june 2016 | Breitbart
    Pregnant TV anchor Savannah Guthrie took advantage of NBC Universal’s decision not to require employees to attend the Olympics because of the Zika virus to announce on Tuesday that she will pass on the trip to Rio. The Hollywood Reporter described Guthrie as the “most high profile TV personality” to back out of the Rio games due to the mosquito-borne disease. For those who contract Zika, the illness is usually mild, with symptoms of fever, rash, and joint pain lasting for several days. Normally, the virus does not require hospitalization and rarely causes death. However, in the case of the...
  • Muhammad Ali placed on life support

    06/03/2016 2:07:18 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 120 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 6/3/16 | Chris Perez
    Muhammad Ali has been placed on life support — and his family fears that it “likely won’t be long until he passes away,” according to a report. The boxing legend was hospitalized in Scottsdale, Ariz., for a respiratory issue on Thursday and insiders tell Radar Online that his loved ones are now rushing to his side because it appears his condition has worsened. “He needs every bit of fight he’s got left to survive,” a source told the website. “Doctors are telling the family that it likely won’t be long until he passes away.”
  • Postpone or move Olympics, doctors urge

    05/27/2016 2:18:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    The letter shows a growing gap within the medical field on what to do about the Games. On Thursday, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, "There is no public health reason to cancel or delay the Olympics." The CDC's current recommendation is that pregnant women should not travel to areas where the virus is spreading and that men with the virus who have pregnant partners should use condoms when having sex for the duration of the pregnancy. "We're working closely with the USOC and Brazilian health authorities, and will update our guidance...
  • Rio Olympics to top London in supply of condoms (by 3-fold, 450,000 to be distributed)

    05/21/2016 7:01:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    AP.org ^ | 5/21/16 | AP
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- About 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the London Games four years ago, the International Olympic Committee says. Part of the reason .. 100,000 female condoms will be available for the first time, along with 350,000 condoms for men. .. The IOC says the condoms would encourage 10,500 athletes and staff to practice safe sex.
  • Rio Mayor: Zika 'Not A Big Issue' For Olympics

    05/15/2016 9:34:17 PM PDT · by traumer · 6 replies
    Eduardo Paes insists that visitors to Rio for the Games will be "completely safe" despite the spread of the mosquito-borne virus. The mayor of Rio has dismissed calls for the Olympics to be cancelled or postponed because of the spread of the Zika virus. A leading Canadian public health professor last week said it would irresponsible to go ahead with the games with the virus so prevalent in Brazil. It has spread around the globe - declared a pubic health emergency by the World Health Organisation - with concerns that infection among pregnant women can lead to birth defects. But...
  • Russia 'sorry' and 'ashamed' over doping scandal: sports minister

    05/15/2016 12:38:15 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 4 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | May 15, 2016
    London (AFP) - Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko apologised on Sunday for the doping scandal that threatens the athletic superpower's participation in the Rio Olympics. Mutko, writing in The Sunday Times, admitted the Russian Athletics Federation and athletes had made "serious mistakes" breaking anti-doping rules. He said "they had rejected the principle of fair-play so fundamental to sport for immediate benefits. "Let us be clear. We are ashamed of them." Mutko's mea culpa comes just three days after he described as "absurd" allegations that Russian athletes were involved in systematic doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
  • Sochi Olympics postscript: The whole thing was a fake

    05/12/2016 7:09:38 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 23 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 5/12/16 | Dan Wetzel
    In Putin, IOC aristocrats such as Bach thought they had found their kindred spirit, willing to pay and do anything for Olympic glory. Construct lavish and ridiculous facilities that play to the IOC's over-inflated sense of worth? Check. Suck up to IOC leadership like they are all-powerful? Check. Toss a little something extra on the side to assure the voting on host city goes smooth? Cough. Cough. The New York Times on Thursday reported the latest, and most damning, proof yet that Russia did more than just host the 2014 Winter Olympics: they conspired to fix it. Grigory Rodchenkov, the...
  • Off the Podium: Why Public Health Concerns for Global Spread of Zika Virus Means

    05/12/2016 3:22:18 AM PDT · by Enchante · 15 replies
    Harvard Public Health Review ^ | May 2016 | Amir Attaran
    "Which leads to a simple question: But for the Games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now? Of course not: mass migration into the heart of an outbreak is a public health no-brainer. And given the choice between accelerating a dangerous new disease or not—for it is impossible that Games will slow Zika down—the answer should be a no-brainer for the Olympic organizers too. Putting sentimentality aside, clearly the Rio 2016 Games must not proceed."
  • Olympians Shouldn’t Swim Through Sewage

    05/08/2016 12:29:12 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 43 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | MAY 5, 2016 | LYNNE COX
    THIS summer, when the Olympic Games are held in Rio de Janeiro, marathon swimmers, sailors and triathletes will be asked to compete in the highly polluted waters of Guanabara Bay and off nearby Copacabana Beach. Any athlete coming into contact with these waters has a high probability of becoming ill. Members of the United States junior national rowing team and competitive sailors have become sick with diarrhea, vomiting and flulike symptoms after training and competing around Rio, and they experience only “incidental contact” with the water. Marathon swimmers and triathletes will ingest this water — and the consequences could be...
  • Olympic bikes to be tested for motors

    05/04/2016 1:30:42 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies
    radionz.co.nz ^ | May 4, 2016 | radionz
    Bikes will be tested at the Olympics and Tour de France to try to find hidden motors and stop 'mechanical doping. Cycling's governing body, the UCI says up to 12,000 bikes will be tested this year using a new scanning system introduced in January.
  • Amy Van Dyken-Rouen said she was 'embarrassed' by TSA agent at Denver International Airport

    05/02/2016 7:00:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 98 replies
    7NEWS & The Denver Channel ^ | May 2, 2016 | Mark Boyle
    Colorado's six-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen says agents with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) humiliated her. She took to social media Sunday to detail her experience getting through security at Denver International Airport. She said agents made her go through a full body search even though she has Pre check. "They go around your breasts, they basically go under your butt and the just grab things, not grab, they touch things that are not appropriate and it's really embarrassing," said Van Dyken-Rouen. Van Dyken-Rouen said as much as she and husband Tom travel all over the...
  • Olympic flame lit for troubled Rio Games

    04/21/2016 9:05:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | April 21, 2016 | John Hadoulis with Eleni Colliopoulou
    The Olympic flame was lit Thursday in an ancient temple in one country in crisis and solemnly sent off carrying international hopes that Brazil's political paralysis will not taint the Rio Games that start in barely 100 days. As the flame was kindled in the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera at Ancient Olympia, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and Rio organisers sought to rally support.
  • Failure to sell Olympic seats is Brazil's big ticket headache

    04/03/2016 7:58:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | April 2, 2016 | Sebastian Smith
    . Failure to sell Olympic seats is Brazil's big ticket headache Sebastian Smith AFP April 2, 2016 The zika virus, high crime and a major political crisis have all dampened the initial excitement over Rio's hosting South America's first Olympic Games View photos The zika virus, high crime and a major political crisis have all dampened the initial excitement over Rio's hosting South America's first Olympic Games (AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba) More Brazil's government sounded the alarm Saturday over meager sales of Olympic tickets and public apathy just five months before Rio hosts South America's first Summer Games. With worries about...
  • This Day in History: 1980: U.S. hockey team makes miracle on ice

    02/22/2016 8:46:38 AM PST · by PROCON · 23 replies
    history.com ^ | Feb. 22, 2016
    In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the world, fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold. The Soviet team had captured the previous four Olympic hockey golds, going back to 1964, and had not lost an Olympic hockey...
  • Rio Has Given Up On Its Goal To Clean Up The Water In Time For The Olympics

    02/18/2016 4:42:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Deadspin ^ | February 18, 2016 | Tom Ley
    Rio Has Given Up On Its Goal To Clean Up The Water In Time For The Olympics When bidding to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Jaineiro promised the International Olympics Committee that it would eliminate 80 percent of the sewage found in the city's notoriously filthy water, and would fully regenerate the lagoon in which rowing and kayaking events will be held. Now a few months from the start of the games, Rio has given up on keeping those promises. Outside The Lines' Bonnie Ford has a thorough examination of the current state of Rio's water pollution, and...
  • IOC transgender guidelines may go too far, leading to an unfair Olympic playing field (O. Sentinel)

    01/26/2016 12:10:46 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 28 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1/24/16 | David Whitley
    Sometimes the world is moving so fast you just want to hop off. I am tempted after hearing that the Olympics will no longer require men to have the one thing that has always pretty much determined whether you are a man or a woman. (snip) I don't know about you, but I strive to be tolerant, enlightened and avoid being considered a knuckle-dragging moron. But I have to admit, the IOC's move feels like a bridge too far. "It is an adaptation to a human rights issue," IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist told the Associated Press. "This is...
  • IOC relaxes guidelines on transgender athletes (International Olympic Committee)

    01/24/2016 12:33:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 24, 2016 2:45 PM EST | Stephen Wilson
    Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the IOC. International Olympic Committee medical officials told The Associated Press on Sunday they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social and legal attitudes on transgender issues. ...
  • Olympics to change policies and allow transgender athletes to compete

    01/22/2016 8:38:06 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 53 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | January 22, 2016 | Kelly McLaughlin
    The Olympics are reportedly adopting a new policy that opens the field of competition to transgender athletes. The International Olympic Committee received proposed guidelines in November from its 'Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism', which allow for broader policies that would include transgender athletes. Olympic officials have not confirmed the new guidelines, which have already been adopted by other regulatory sports organizations, but the policy is available on the organization's website. The policy change would be in line with NCAA standards in the United States, which allow male-to-female and female-to-male transgender athletes to compete without having gender reassignment surgery,...
  • The Rio Olympics are a mess 7 months before the opening ceremony

    01/12/2016 11:02:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/12/2016 | Emmett Knowlton
    The 2016 Summer Olympics kicks off on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro -- but with less than seven months until the Opening Ceremony, a slew of problems still show no signs of improvement. Will Connors had a good, if troubling, piece in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday laying out the concerns in Rio. Not only does the list of concerns appear to be trending in the wrong direction as the Games draw closer, it also shows no signs of improvement. Let's break down the biggest problems: 1. Questions over Rio's mobility plan Rio is racing to build a...
  • UPDATE 3-Olympics-Hamburg 2024 Games bid collapses in referendum defeat

    12/01/2015 6:15:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Karolos Grohmann
    BERLIN, Nov 29 Hamburg's bid to host the 2024 Olympics collapsed on Sunday after the majority of the city's residents voted against the multi-billion euro project in a referendum, killing off the candidacy and leaving officials in shock.
  • Amy Goodman’s “Canadian Bacon” Moment

    12/10/2009 6:44:33 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 20 replies · 1,108+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealblog ^ | 10 December, 2009 | Karen Northon
    A recent headline in the British Columbian newspaper The Globe and Mail reads “Amy Goodman’s Border Woes Have Americans in a Tizzy.” Really? Because this is the first I’ve heard of it. Don’t know who Amy Goodman is? You’re not alone. As host of the television/radio program Democracy Now! (undoubtedly the most ironic misnomer in the history of news media), her activist-style “journalism” has kept her operating on the periphery of mainstream media. Fact is, a quick Google news search shows that the only U.S. news outlets to report on her “ordeal” have been, well, Amy Goodman for Democracy Now!...
  • Oscar Pistorius to Be Released After One Year in Jail

    10/15/2015 9:42:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 15, 2015
    Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic runner who shot his girlfriend to death on Valentine’s Day 2013, can leave prison and move to house arrest next week, South Africa’s Department of Corrections said Thursday. A parole board at the prison where Pistorius has served nearly a year of his five-year sentence for manslaughter made the decision. It came after an initial ruling to release the athlete in August was canceled at the last minute after intervention by the justice minister. This time, the board “approved the placement of offender Oscar Pistorius under correctional supervision as from 20 October 2015,” the corrections...
  • Canadian Olympic Committee head Marcel Aubut faces new sexual harassment allegations

    10/02/2015 9:22:59 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 3 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | October 2, 2015 | Sean Gordon and Daniel Leblanc
    More women are coming forward with allegations concerning Canadian Olympic Committee head Marcel Aubut, who has stepped aside pending the investigation of a sexual harassment complaint from a staffer. They accuse Mr. Aubut of making unwanted advances that include fondling, touching and forcibly kissing them. On Thursday, the TVA network reported Mr. Aubut reached a financial settlement in a complaint made by a former executive assistant around the time he was a partner at Heenan Blaikie, the now-defunct law firm. The allegations were never proven in court. In an interview with the news channel, the unidentified woman alleged that on...
  • L.A. Touts Itself as "Northern Capital of Latin America" for 2024 Olympic Bid

    09/15/2015 12:25:58 PM PDT · by magellan · 13 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 9/14/2015 | Ryan Parker
    The International Olympic Committee just got an eyeful of the City of Angels. Los Angeles is amazing and diverse. That is the message in a new promotional video released Monday by Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic bid organizers. In the video, which is a little longer than a minute, L.A. is called the "western capital of the U.S., the northern capital of Latin America and the eastern capital of the Pacific Rim." All that is accompanied with amazing visuals of some of the city's most iconic sites. "Hosting the Games in Los Angeles would give our city the chance to show...
  • L.A. Touts Itself as "Northern Capital of Latin America" for 2024 Olympic Bid

    09/15/2015 7:30:56 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 11 replies
    hollywood reporter ^ | 9/14/2015 | Ryan Parker
    The International Olympic Committee just got an eyeful of the City of Angels. Los Angeles is amazing and diverse. That is the message in a new promotional video released Monday by Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic bid organizers. In the video, which is a little longer than a minute, L.A. is called the "western capital of the U.S., the northern capital of Latin America and the eastern capital of the Pacific Rim." All that is accompanied with visuals of some of the city's most iconic sites. "Hosting the Games in Los Angeles would give our city the chance to show the...
  • U.S. Olympian's Secret Life As Las Vegas Escort (Possibly NSFW)

    12/20/2012 12:30:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 61 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 12-20-2012 | TSG
    DECEMBER 20---A three-time U.S. Olympian whose illustrious running career has included a Nike TV commercial, a swimsuit calendar, and ongoing promotional work for Disney has spent the last year doubling as a $600-an-hour call girl, an astounding secret life that she now regretfully calls a “huge mistake.” Beginning last December, Suzy Favor Hamilton, 44, has worked with one of Las Vegas’s premier escort services, booking scores of “dates” in Sin City and other U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.While Favor Hamilton (seen at right) has used an alias, “Kelly Lundy,” when working as an escort, she inexplicably shared...
  • Neither the Olympics nor NFL will rescue Los Angele

    09/10/2015 9:16:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    OC Register ^ | 09/10/2015 | Joel Kotkin
    We all tend to have fond memories of our greatest moments, and for Los Angeles, the 1984 Olympics has served as a high point in the city’s ascendency. The fact that those Summer Games were brilliantly run, required relatively little city expenditure and turned a profit confirmed all those things we Angelenos loved about our city – its flexibility and pragmatism and the power of its civic culture. After Boston turned down its chance to be the U.S. entrant in the sweepstakes to host the 2024 Olympics, it’s natural that Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city establishment, at least what’s...
  • LA Mayor Wants Jenner to Carry Olympic Torch (and light the cauldron)

    09/01/2015 7:05:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 28, 2015 | Dylan Gwinn
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti apparently doesn’t think Bruce Jenner has won enough laurels in his heroic struggle against biology, so the mayor is recommending that Jenner headline an event with a wee bit more visibility than his foundering E! Channel reality series. According to TMZ: If L.A. gets the Olympics in 2024, the Mayor says he already has one person in mind for the all-important lighting of the Olympic Cauldron ... Olympic legend Caitlyn Jenner!!! The lighting of the cauldron is a HUGE honor – with the host country usually selecting someone it feels can proudly embody what the...