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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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’...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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’...

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    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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. December 27, 2013

    Why the west has not boycotted the Sochi Olympics

    With the approach of the Winter Olympics, to be held in February around the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, you can see...

  36. December 19, 2013

    Sochi games spur Putin to mend reputation

    The Russia Mikhail Khodorkovsky will find on his release from prison – assuming it happens – is much changed from when he...

  37. December 19, 2013

    Tokyo governor Naoki Inose quits over cash scandal

    Naoki Inose, the governor of Tokyo and the driving force behind the city’s successful 2020 Olympic bid, said on Thursday he...

  38. December 18, 2013

    US to send gay delegates to Sochi Olympic Games

    The US is joining France and Germany in not sending its president to the Sochi Winter Olympics and, in a pointed riposte to...

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