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    1. November 21, 2014

      Olympics chief calls for transparency in sport

      The head of the Olympic movement has added to the pressure facing his football counterpart, Sepp Blatter, by saying sporting...

    2. November 18, 2014

      Olympic chiefs move to ease concerns over cost of staging games

      A shortage of cities willing to host the Olympics has forced games chiefs to address public concerns about costs and relax...

    1. The World

      October 3, 2014

      Norway's 'Nei' splits opinion in the winter sports-mad country

      The 115 members of the International Olympics Committee, the self-appointed “supreme authority” of the Olympic movement,...

    2. October 2, 2014

      IOC hits out as Norway withdraws Winter Olympic bid

      Having amassed the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, there was no surprise when Norway threw its hat in the ring to...

    3. July 29, 2014

      Tokyo Olympics costs jump amid construction labour shortage

      Abenomics, Shinzo Abe’s quest to bring growth and inflation back to Japan, has thrown a spanner in the works of Tokyo’s...

    4. July 8, 2014

      Three cities on shortlist to host 2022 Winter Olympics

      Beijing, Oslo and Almaty have been shortlisted to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the three remaining cities in a bidding...

    5. May 13, 2014

      Bloomberg ally revives NY Olympic pitch

      One of the biggest disappointments of Michael Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor was his failure to lure the Olympic flame to New...

    6. April 29, 2014

      Brazil under fire for Olympics preparation

      Just as Brazil is feeling the pressure in its rush to get ready for this year’s World Cup, the country’s preparations for...

    7. April 18, 2014

      Rio’s preparation for 2016 Olympics faces crisis

      In Rio de Janeiro’s Deodoro complex, at present a military training camp to the west of the city, there is nothing to...

    8. March 20, 2014

      Brazil minister admits sport events shortcomings

      Brazil should have been better prepared for this year’s World Cup and has also been too slow in getting ready for the 2016...

    9. February 23, 2014

      Russia sidesteps Sochi’s debt avalanche

      The Sochi Winter Olympics, probably the most expensive in history, are not denting Russia’s sovereign credit profile, but it...

    10. February 21, 2014

      Ukraine drama forces Putin to cede limelight at Sochi

      For all the concerns about unfinished hotels, shoddily built venues or the threat of a potential terror attack, the Winter...

    11. February 21, 2014

      Testing times for Sochi drug cheats

      Testing for performance-enhancing drugs was first introduced by the International Olympic Committee not at a summer games...

    12. February 14, 2014

      Yarnold takes skeleton gold at Sochi

      Sochi, February 14 – Lizzy Yarnold won Britain's first gold medal at the Winter Olympics on Friday when she powered to...

    13. February 14, 2014

      Russia’s surly waiters and gruff hoteliers train to smile at Sochi

      Last autumn Sergio Vai, an affable Italian hotelier, descended on Sochi on a mission. A 43-year-old with two-plus decades’...

    14. February 12, 2014

      Jailing of Sochi environmental activist raises fear of crackdown

      A Russian court has sentenced one of Sochi’s most prominent environmental activists to three years in prison for spray...

    15. February 11, 2014

      Sochi Olympics is a cyber war zone, experts warn

      Foreign visitors to the Winter Olympics in Sochi are unknowingly wading into a cyber battlefield, the US government and...

    16. February 10, 2014

      Sochi games will do little to normalise ties with the west

      The sighs of relief from Russian officials are almost audible as the foreign media turn to stories about proud locals and...

    17. February 9, 2014

      Russia seeks to replicate Beijing’s success story

      When foreign observers were still gloating over a glitch in the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony, the Russian hosts...

    18. February 9, 2014

      Austria’s Matthias Mayer wins men’s downhill ski gold at Sochi Olympics

      Matthias Mayer won Olympic downhill gold on Sunday to give the Austrian men’s team the perfect start to the Alpine skiing...

    19. February 7, 2014

      Sochi 2014: Russian icons aid Putin’s opening ceremony rebuke

      No business like snow business at Sochi Conjuring up the ghosts of Tolstoy, Tchaikovsky and Peter the Great, Vladimir Putin...

    20. February 7, 2014

      Sochi 2014: Russia’s capitalists seek Soviet style triumph

      Sochi spectacle opens In 2009, a year before the Vancouver Olympics, the oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov set himself a daunting...

    21. February 6, 2014

      Sochi 2014: Russia declares Olympics victory despite glitches

      With only hours to go until the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia declared victory – whatever the...

    22. February 6, 2014

      Putin gambles all on creation myth behind Sochi

      Vladimir Putin rarely speaks in the first person. But for the Olympic Winter Games, he has abandoned the dignified ‘we’...

    23. beyondbrics

      February 6, 2014

      Abkhazia: close to Sochi, far from the Olympics

      On Friday, February 7, many residents of Abkhazia will be able to see the glow of the opening fireworks at the Sochi Winter...

    24. February 4, 2014

      Russia: After the party

      Oleg Shklyaruk strokes the sleeve of his azure uniform with pride as he describes how he gave up his job at an insurance...

    25. February 3, 2014

      Olympic homes aim to raise rental standards

      Former athletes’ accommodation at London’s Olympic Village is being rented out on long-term tenancies with no fees or estate...

    26. January 31, 2014

      Sochi’s gay clubs openly prepare for Olympic Games visitors

      In the Black Sea town of Sochi, workers are putting the finishing touches on Russia’s $51bn Olympic extravaganza with a...

    27. January 31, 2014

      The maths behind Olympic projects

      The Sochi Winter Olympic Games will begin next week. Billed as the most expensive Olympics project in history the Sochi...

    28. January 31, 2014

      Observations from Sochi

      It was already nightfall when I met Alla Nikolaichik, 76 years old and a tightly coiled bundle of anger. She was standing...

    29. January 30, 2014

      Russia tightens security at ‘fortress Sochi’ to protect Olympics

      Almost every day, Sochi’s tens of thousands of law enforcement officers receive another name with an accompanying...

    30. January 29, 2014

      An Olympic sprint for the finish line

      “Russians are slow to saddle the horse,” Otto von Bismarck once remarked. “But they drive fast.” One hundred-plus years, two...

    31. January 26, 2014

      Russia makes Olympic dash to ready Sochi games in time

      Seven years ago, Vladimir Putin made a meteorological promise to the International Olympic Committee that a tsar would have...

    32. January 20, 2014

      Militant group claims responsibility for Volgograd attack

      An Islamic militant group in the North Caucasus has claimed responsibility for the deadly bombings in the southern Russian...

    33. January 17, 2014

      Russia bomb upsets Putin’s Olympic security campaign

      A bomb went off in a central Makhachkala restaurant in Russia’s restive North Caucasus on Friday, hours after President...

    34. January 13, 2014

      Sochi Olympics a risky bet for advertisers

      Plagued by terrorism fears, controversy over gay rights and broader political turmoil, the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi...

    35. January 3, 2014

      Britain’s bit of sporting glory does not a Sparta make

      The city-state of Sparta was the dominant military power in Greece for about three centuries until its defeat at the Battle...

    36. December 30, 2013

      Counting the cost of sporting glory

      In 1964 the Tokyo Olympics established the idea that staging a leading international sporting event is a fantastic way for a...

    37. December 30, 2013

      Winter Olympics countdown tinged with fear after Volgograd blasts

      All over Russia, clocks in public places show there are only 38 days to go until the start of the Winter Olympic Games in...

    38. December 29, 2013

      Second bomb in city of Volgograd raises Sochi attack fears

      A second explosion in 24 hours has rocked the Russian city of Volgograd, taking the death toll from the twin bomb blasts to...

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