February 11, 2012 |
In an attempt to stop the spread of chaos throughout the country one week before Carnival, Brazil on Friday arrested leaders of a police strike in Rio de Janeiro before it got fully underway in that city. Police officers demanding higher pay had already walked off the job in the northeastern state of Bahia, whose capital is Salvador, for 10 days, and about 150 people died in the ensuing criminal violence. Authorities in both cities now claim the situation is under control, but the earlier turmoil in Salvador — and the decision of some Rio police and firefighters to join the strike late Thursday night — has led to questions about the country's ability to safely put on this year's Carnival festivities, as well as play host to the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games two years later.
December 31, 2011
Andrew Lloyd Webber says London's Olympic Games will force most of the capital's theaters to close during the summer. Lloyd Webber said Friday the Games will make it "very tough" for shows in London's West End and predicted that three major musicals would not play during the Games. The composer, whose Really Useful Group owns seven London theaters, told BBC radio that the biggest hits — such as his own "The Phantom of the Opera" — would continue during the Olympics but that others would struggle to draw crowds.
December 15, 2011 |
Britain will assign as many as 13,500 troops to help secure next year's Summer Olympics on home soil, a military presence larger than the country's deployment in Afghanistan. The troops are to provide backup for police and to help protect venues before and during the two-week global sporting event in July in London, which Defense Secretary Philip Hammond on Thursday called "the biggest security challenge this country has faced for decades. " The military contingent will be part of a massive security detail that has ballooned in cost from about $440 million to nearly $863 million.
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September 15, 2011 |
Los Angeles has been chosen as host of the 2015 Special Olympics Summer Games, the event's organizers announced Wednesday. Founded more than 40 years ago by the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics is the world's largest athletic competition for the mentally disabled. Organizers said the event will bring about 7,000 athletes and 40,000 volunteers to the region. Timothy Shriver, Eunice's son and chairman of the Special Olympics, announced the news at Staples Center, where some of the games will be held.
February 12, 2010
To Vancouver Re "No love for the Games," Feb. 6 Though some have concerns about the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the life of a city depends on how well it grows -- and the 2010 Winter Olympics will see the city of Vancouver bloom. Los Angeles is a two-time Olympics host city. I know what a great thing the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games were for Los Angeles. I am sure this will be a very positive event for Vancouver as well. The city will play host to some of the world's finest athletes in competition, an opportunity to shine on the world stage unlike any other.
January 19, 2010 |
If Kevin Pearce wasn't going to be able to take on icon Shaun White, well, then, his close friend and snowboarding colleague Danny Davis planned on shouldering the assignment. Now, Davis, like Pearce, won't be competing at the Winter Olympics next month in Vancouver. Like Pearce, Davis is injured and also in a hospital in Utah. Davis was scheduled to have surgery Monday night to repair his fractured vertebrae, having suffered the injury in a non-snowboarding accident early Sunday morning.
October 31, 2009 |
Yuan Weimin was the toast of China's sporting scene from the early 1980s, when he coached the women's gold medal volleyball team, to 2001, when as head of the Chinese Olympic Committee, he helped bring home the biggest prize of all -- Beijing's selection as host city for the 2008 Summer Games. Now the 70-year-old retired cadre is being denounced by some as a liar and a traitor, accused of spilling state secrets and disrupting Chinese harmony. The offense lies between the covers of his memoir, "Yuan Weimin: Winds and Clouds of the World of Sports," published this month in Beijing . In the book, so far only available in Chinese, Yuan writes about a deal he says was cut during a cloak-and-dagger meeting in a Geneva hotel room eight years ago in which China promised to support the candidacy of Belgian Jacques Rogge as head of the International Olympic Committee in return for his support of Beijing's Olympic bid. It was all kept hush-hush because Rogge, as a European representative, couldn't publicly endorse Beijing when two European cities -- Paris and Istanbul -- were also contenders, Yuan writes.
August 6, 2009 |
Los Angeles was host to the Summer Olympics 25 years ago. This 10th part of a 16-day series looks back at Monday, Aug. 6, 1984. -- The big news It was over after only one jump, and it didn't matter that his second attempt was a foul. Carl Lewis won the gold medal in the long jump with a mark of 28 feet 1/4 inch. Some in the Coliseum crowd of 85,870 who had come only to see Lewis were disappointed that they couldn't see more of him, and actually booed.
July 12, 2009 |
Smart and sexy Tokyo hotels for $100 a night? This summer, American travelers are saying Hai! to deals that once seemed impossible to find. Tokyo and Chicago, considered front-runners to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, are going head-to-head this year to impress International Olympic Committee officials. Tokyo, surprisingly, may have already surpassed Chicago with its growing number of two- and three-star hotels, some of which are a better value than comparable properties in the Windy City.