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IOC eyes Olympic villages for cost reductions

IOC eyes Olympic villages for cost reductions

By Chris Gallagher TOKYO, Oct 3 (Reuters) The International Olympic Committee is looking at various areas to cut costs for hosting the Games including the "level of service" in Olympic villages, IOC Vice President John Coates told Tokyo 2020 organisers on Tuesday. Coates, in opening remarks before a regular project review meeting, said the IOC had contacted 28 major national Olympic committees (NOCs) for their feedback by the end of this month. "We are putting a number of questions to those national Olympic committees as to how we think we can find savings by reducing, to an acceptable level, the level of service in the Olympic village," he said. Tokyo organisers have been working to slash costs after a study last year warned expenses could balloon to four times the initial estimate made during the bid process. The IOC is keen for Tokyo to cut costs further and set a good example to attract future candidate cities, rather than scare them off with stories of out-of-control spending. Coates said the IOC would share the responses of the national Olympic committees with its athletes commission. "NOCs might receive some financial compensation to give up some beds, they might receive some compensation in return for more transferable accreditations for their support staff, those things," Coates said of possible ideas, without elaborating. "We have to be satisfied that there's no impact on the services for the athletes," he added. Recommendations would be presented at the IOC's executive board meeting in December, he said. The IOC last month awarded Paris the 2024 Summer Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 Games, the first time it has awarded two Olympics at the same time. That decision came following the withdrawal of four of the six cities bidding for the 2024 Olympics, amid concerns about the size, cost and complexity of organising the world's biggest multi-sports event. REUTERS SV 0941

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Figure skating-Virtue, Moir head for the stands

20 Feb 2018 | 1:35 PM

By Rory Carroll
GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb 20 (Reuters) Olympic ice dancing champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will take a seat in the stands and become part of Canada's fanbase in Pyeongchang after stepping down from the podium, they said on Tuesday.

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Pyeongchang Games 'killing' equipment rental business, say owners

20 Feb 2018 | 1:32 PM

By Jack Tarrant and Hyun Young Yi
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 20 (Reuters) Visitors coming to Phoenix Snow Park for the Winter Olympics' freestyle skiing and snowboarding events are being stopped in their tracks by a jarring red banner that marks the front lines in a battle between local business owners and Games organisers.

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Snowboarding-Women's big air final brought forward to Thursday

20 Feb 2018 | 1:18 PM

By Jack Tarrant
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 20 (Reuters) The women's Olympic snowboard big air final has been brought forward to Thursday due to predicted high winds, organisers said on Tuesday.

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Freestyle skiing-United States dominate ski halfpipe qualifying

20 Feb 2018 | 12:57 PM

By Jack Tarrant
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 20 (Reuters) Aaron Blunck led the United States' domination in the qualification for the men’s ski halfpipe final at the Pyeongchang Olympics with the Americans securing the top three spots on Tuesday.

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Slovenia ice hockey player Jeglic fails doping test, to leave Games: CAS

20 Feb 2018 | 12:55 PM

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Slovenia men's ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic has tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for the remainder of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Tuesday.

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