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Sports > Olympics
Michelle Obama opens Special Olympics
Michelle Obama welcomed thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities to the Special Olympic World Games o+n Saturday during a festive opening ceremony filled with cheers, songs and praise for their courage and determination.
 
Jewish Olympaid to be held at Nazi-era German venue
Seventy years after the end of World War II, Berlin from Monday hosts the European Maccabi Games, dubbed the Jewish Olympics, at the site of the 1936 "Nazi Games."
 
Toronto Mayor John Tory says Canada's largest city will make a decision "very quickly" whether to bid for the 2024 Olympics.
 
Special Olympics competitors arriving in Southern California were greeted by a logistics mess that forced many to sleep on a gymnasium floor before they were finally shuttled to their host cities on Wednesday.
 
Japan is on the hook to pay as much as US$50 million for its scrapped Olympic stadium even though not a single brick has been laid, officials and media said Wednesday.
 
The head of the International Olympic Committee remains confident that Tokyo will complete its new national stadium in time for the 2020 Summer Games, even though the original design has been scrapped because of soaring costs.
 
'Lube Olympics' makes slippery bid to rival Tokyo 2020
As a row over Tokyo's Olympic stadium threatens to overshadow the city's Games preparations, the 'Lube Olympics' is looking to offer a slippery alternative for daredevil athletes in 2020.
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday called for a complete review of plans for Tokyo's 2020 Olympic stadium amid growing public anger over its eye-watering US$2 billion price tag.
 
IOC President Thomas Bach returned to the city where he won a fencing gold medal for West Germany at the 1976 Olympics. Bach became an honorary citizen of Montreal and received a key to the city Thursday from Mayor Denis Coderre at a City Hall ceremony.
 
Sailors at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be protected by a fleet of special trash collecting boats, organizers said Thursday, admitting there is no time to resolve a serious pollution problem.
 
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