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International Olympic Committee Suspends India

Posted December 4th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Olympic Committee has suspended India, citing concerns about the election of tainted officials to the national committee. Sources close to the IOC said it is expected to announce its official decision later Tuesday during a meeting at the world body’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The ban means the Indian Olympic Association will no […]

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Olympic Sprinter Hopes to Pave the Way for Afghan Women

Posted August 6th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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When Tahmina Kohistani crossed the finish line during last week’s Olympic women’s 100 meters preliminary round, she had tears in her eyes. Kohistani was emotional not because of her last-place finish in Friday’s heat, but because she competed as the only woman from her native country of Afghanistan. The 23-year-old told VOA on Monday that […]

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Libyan Olympics Chief Freed by Kidnappers

Posted July 22nd, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The president of Libya’s Olympic Committee has been set free, one week after gunmen grabbed him from his car in the capital, Tripoli. Ahmad Nabil al-Alam was released Sunday and returned home. Libyan officials said it was not clear who kidnapped him, why he was released or where he was held. The Libyan Olympic delegation […]

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Strikes to Disrupt Olympics Transit

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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British border officials have announced they will conduct a 24-hour strike the day before the London Olympics begin, threatening to complicate entry for thousands of overseas visitors headed for the Games. The Public and Commercial Services Union announced its members will strike July 26 and then refuse to work any overtime through August 20, to […]

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Strikes to Disrupt Olympics Transit

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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British border officials have announced they will conduct a 24-hour strike the day before the London Olympics begin, threatening to complicate entry for thousands of overseas visitors headed for the Games. The Public and Commercial Services Union announced its members will strike July 26 and then refuse to work any overtime for the duration of […]

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British Parliamentary Report Criticizes Security Preparation for Olympic Games

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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A British parliamentary committee report released Thursday says confidence in the London Olympics has been weakened by a private contractor’s failure to provide enough security guards. The Chairwoman of the Committee of Public Accounts,Margaret Hodge, said in the report the “chaos which has emerged over the security contract was predictable”. The security firm, G4S, has […]

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London Olympics Security Firm Can’t Fill Jobs

Posted July 14th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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A private firm contracted to provide security at the 2012 London Olympics has apologized to Olympic officials for failing to provide all the personnel it had promised. G4S said Saturday it is having difficulty processing applicants for the security jobs. That has prompted British government officials to order an additional 13,500 military personnel to take […]

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Olympic Security Firm Apologizes for not Fulfilling Contract

Posted July 14th, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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A private firm contracted to provide security at the 2012 London Olympics has apologized to Olympic officials for failing to provide all the personnel it had promised. G4S issued a statement Saturday saying that the company is having difficulty processing applicants for the security jobs. British officials say they will deploy an additional 13,500 military […]

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Olympic Security Firm Apologizes for not Fulfilling Contract

Posted July 14th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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A private firm contracted to provide security at the 2012 London Olympics has apologized to Olympic officials for failing to provide all the personnel it had promised. G4S issued a statement Saturday saying that the company is having difficulty processing applicants for the security jobs. British officials say they will deploy an additional 13,500 military […]

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Norwegian Swimmer, Olympic Hopeful Dies Suddenly

Posted May 1st, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Norwegian world champion swimmer Alexander Dale Oen has died of cardiac arrest while training in Arizona. The 26-year-old was in the city of Flagstaff preparing to compete in this summer’s Olympics in London. The Norwegian Swimming Federation said Dale Oen was found on a shower-room floor at the training facility late Monday. Norway Swimming Coach […]

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