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  • Olympic Newsdesk - Canadian Parliament Suspended; Ceremony Director Directs New Year Celebration


    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper suspended Parliament, this time until March 3, after the Winter Olympics end. (Public Works and Government Services Canada)
    Canadian Parliament Closes for Olympics

    For the second time in a year, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has suspended Parliament, this time until March 3, after the Winter Olympics end. Parliament was to resume after a holiday break at the end of January.

    The Olympics were not cited as a reason for the extended break. A spokesman for Harper says the move is meant to give the government more time to “recalibrate” legislative plans.

    Givens Leads Rio New Year Celebration

    San Francisco-based Scott Givens, a key adviser for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics bid, is the man behind the big New Year’s Eve celebration at Copacabana. It’s the second year in a row Givens has played a leading role in the festivities. His company specializes in mega-productions.
    Scott Givens will direct the New Year’s Eve celebration at Copacabana. (ATR)
    Givens handled ceremonies for the Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2007 Pan American Games. Givens assisted the Rio de Janeiro bid on its international presentations.

    More than 2 million people are expected to attend the Copacabana party New Year’s night.

    Bulgarian Weightlifting Loses Accreditation

    Doping scandals and financial problems cost the Bulgarian Weightlifting Federation its license from the Bulgarian government to regulate the sport.

    A report in Reuters says the government withdrew the license because the federation “undermined the prestige of Bulgarian sport.”

    The Bulgarian weightlifting team withdrew from the Beijing Olympics after 11 lifters failed drug tests and it missed this year’s world championships due to financial problems. The junior world championships are scheduled to be held in Bulgaria in 2010 but the International Weightlifting Federation said "internal difficulties" could put the championships at risk.

    Apparently 23 weightlifting clubs are forming a new federation and hope to be licensed by the IWF and government.

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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