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  • London Update: What the Newspapers Say


    01/13/08

     
    Team GB May Use Anti-pPollution Masks

    The Telegraph reports that team Great Britain will use specialized face masks for the Games in Beijing, to protect athletes from the city’s poor air quality.

    Team members competing in outdoor events will have the option to use the “high tech anti-pollution masks during Games preparation.
    Olympic rules do not allow masks to be worn in competition, but if air quality is poor, athletes will be “encouraged to wear them while warming up.”

    Gatlin Aided by Landis’ Legal Team

    The Guardian says American sprinter Justin Gatlin has hired the same legal team that represented Floyd Landis, in an effort to reverse a ban for doping, Gatlin’s attorney said.

    Under a decision of the American Arbitration Association, Gatlin is banned from competition through May of 2010.

    Gatlin can appeal the AAA’s decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, take his positive test back to IAAF, or take the case to federal court.

    London 2012 Urging for Green Olympics

    LOCOG is pressing sponsors to become sustainability partners for a greener 2012 Games, Ethical Corporation reports.
    Sustainability partner EDF Energy will reportedly create a “low-carbon flame” for the 2012 Olympic flame.
    The company recently launched a marketing campaign to cut energy use by 15 per cent by 2012.

    Athlete-Sponsor Match-making

    Brand Republic reports that Catch Sport, a business that will help find spokespeople for sponsors, will help Olympic hopefuls gain backing.
    Athletes register for free in the Catch Sport website, while businesses pay a fee for the match-making service.
    According to the company’s owner, former international fencer Karim Bashir, “Catch Sport makes it easy for businesses and athletes to find each other. Businesses can search for a suitable sportsperson on the website.”

    Your best source of news about the Olympics is www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.