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  • #ICYMI: Safe Tokyo Predicted; Hamilton 2026; Nike Navigates Pandemic


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    Dr. Brian McCloskey led the development of public health services for London 2012. (Chatham House)
    (ATR) One of the creators of the Olympic public health structure is optimistic for Tokyo, saying another delay isn’t needed.

    Dr. Brian McCloskey is a Senior Consulting Fellow at the London-based Chatham House think tank. Before his current position, he took the lead role developing the public health services for the London 2012 Olympics. He has also consulted with Tokyo 2020, the IOC and the World Health Organization’s Mass Gatherings Advisory Group.

    “With the science of mass gatherings, the risk is not as big as people think it is,” McCloskey stressed in a recent phone interview with Around the Rings.

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    Hamilton 2026 Bid Team Has More Work to Do

    CGF CEO David Grevemberg virtually attended the meeting. (Hamilton City Council)
    (ATR) Hamilton 2026 bid leaders make an initial presentation to convince city council members to support a bid by the Canadian city for the Commonwealth Games.

    PJ Mercanti, the Hamilton 2026 president, was joined by Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief executive David Grevemberg and Commonwealth Sport Canada CEO Brian MacPherson among others for what was described as an information session during a virtual meeting of the General lssues Committee (GIC) on Monday.

    Hamilton 2026 says hosting the Games will help to kick start Hamilton’s economy in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. A legacy of the Games would be 3,000 affordable housing units in a city that is desperate for them.

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    Nike Navigates the Pandemic

    Phil Knight, CEO of Nike (Nike/CSM)
    (ATR) Nike co-founder Phil Knight elaborates on the mega shoe and sportswear company’s fourth quarter loss of $790 million due to Covid-19 in a new podcast with Sebastian Coe.

    “Wall Street expected us to have a profit of $130 million and we had a loss of $790 million – that’s a pretty big difference,” Knight tells Coe on the World Athletics president’s "Extraordinary Tales in Extraordinary Times" podcast.

    “It hammered us in that quarter, but we feel we’re coming back a little now,” he said of Nike’s fourth quarter, which ended on May 31.

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