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  • Olympic Newsdesk -- IOC Hears from London; Brunei Suspension Possible


    07/07/10

    IOC Inspectors Hear from London

    Members of the IOC Coordination Commission meet behind closed doors in London Wednesday for the second day of their latest visit to the 2012 Olympic City.

    The 17-member commission began its review of London preparations Tuesday with IOC President Jacques Rogge in town, as well.

    The commission, chaired by Swiss IOC member and rowing federation president Denis Oswald, is expected to be paying attention to ticketing plans, the completion of Olympic venues and the impact government budget cuts might have on Olympic projects.

    Oswald will lead a closing press conference Thursday afternoon.

    Brunei Olympics Chief Hopes to Avoid YOG Fiasco

    The president of the Brunei Darussalam Olympic Council is worried that another “fiasco” is ahead for the country if it fails to send a team to the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore next month.

    Brunei's Jimy Anak Ahar leads his country's delegation at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympics. (Getty Images)
    Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah told a roundtable meeting with government leaders Tuesday that Brunei could incur the wrath of the IOC if it misses the July 15 deadline to register a team for the YOG.

    “If not, we're inviting danger with a possibility of our membership being suspended by the IOC,” said Bolkiah as reported in The Brunei Times.

    "If it happens then it would result in Brunei not being able to compete in any competitions that are endorsed by the IOC".

    Brunei was suspended from participating in the Beijing Olympics the day of the August 8 opening ceremony for failure to register any athletes for the Games.

    The Brunei ban came as the head of state, Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah arrived in Beijing to see the opening ceremony.

    Brunei later told the IOC that a shotputter slated for Beijing was unable to go due to injury.

    Brunei joined the IOC in 1984 soon after its independence from Britain.

    While Brunei athletes have competed at regional games, attendance at the Olympics has been spotty. In 1988, a solitary official took part in the Seoul Olympics and it wasn’t until the 1996 Games that a Bruneian athlete was accredited for the Olympics. Eight years later another Brunei athlete went to the Athens Games.

    The Brunei Darussalam Olympic Council website lists 31 sports federations in Brunei.

    Canadian PM, Governor General, Hosted Costly Olympic Party

    Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and governor general Michaelle Jean hosted a party for VIPs at the Hotel Vancouver before the opening ceremony that cost more than $30,000.

    Michelle Jean (left) and Stephen Harper (second right) held a $30,000 party for dignitaries before the Vancouver opening ceremony. (Getty Images)
    According to a report in The Toronto Sun, Harper and Jean feted heads of state and world leaders including Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, and leaders from the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland among other dignitaries.

    The money paid for food, drink and the cost of the facility.

    A spokesman for PM Harper said he felt “it was important” to welcome world leaders to the Games.

    “We were proud to host the world for the Olympics.”

    Bolt Plans Retirement

    The world’s fastest man says he will likely retire after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

    Usain Bolt announced his intention at a gathering of sports executives in Lausanne on Tuesday.

    "My aim is to go to two more Olympics," he said. "I probably will retire in Brazil, 2016. I will probably stop then."
    Bolt added he is tired of chasing after world records.

    "If you continue to break records, then you are pretty much going to get bored after a while. You can't really accomplish anything else. I want to be a legend in sports."

    "After the world championships and the Olympics in London, I probably will try something else."

    The 24 year old Bolt said the 400m and long jump are events in which he would compete. He currently races in the 100m and 200m events, as well as relays. He holds the world record in both sprints.

    Bryant Skipping World Championships

    Kobe Bryant will skip the basketball world championships. (Getty Images)
    NBA star Kobe Bryant won’t play for Team USA in the basketball world championships in Turkey.

    The announcement came from USA Basketball chief Jerry Colangelo who said Bryant’s absence is due to "a combination of three things, free agency, injuries and having gone hard for a long time. And I'm OK with that.''

    Bryant, who spent part of the NBA season battling injuries, recently said, “This summer for me is about getting healthy.”

    Other Olympians skipping the championship include Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Lebron James and Dwayne Wade.

    The world championships start August 28 and run until September 12.

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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