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  • Media Watch -- 2014 Winter Olympics; Tokyo's Road Ahead


    Sochi Games Anticipation 
    Protestors hold up their red-painted hands to symbolize violence against the gay community in Russia. (Getty Images)

    The Washington Post reports on a “shadow” cast over anticipation for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Set aside “potholes, taxes, and sewers.” The Russian government continues to deal with backlash from its gay propaganda ban. Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov claims there is “no cause for alarm,” but one Russian teen paints a different picture for The Washington Post.

    R-Sport’s English service chief editor David Nowak speaks with IOC president Thomas Bach in his “first exclusive interview” since his election on September 10. Bach discusses the Sochi Games and offers his thoughts on “the relationship between sports and politics.”

    Russian political activist and grand chessmaster Garry Kasparov explains to Business Insider the best way to annoy Putin at the Sochi Olympics. His example: “Have Coca-Cola put a rainbow flag on all of its cans.”

    The Associated Press covers Sochi’s “thriving gay scene amid Putin’s harsh crackdown.” According to the AP, “Sochi is a far cry from the conservative lifestyle that the president is trying to promote.” Sochi club owner Andrei Tenichev tells the AP that the Russian Olympic Committee will not interfere with his establishment ahead of the Winter Games: “They don’t want the slightest scandal.”

    Athletes are divided over slopestyle’s inclusion in the Winter Olympics. The BBC discusses the matter with athletes such as James Woods, Katie Summerhayes, Jenny Jones, and Billy Morgan. The upcoming Winter Games in Sochi aim to be the “grandest Games of all time.” The budget for the Sochi Olympics is nearing $50 billion, but “freestyle skiing and snowboarding purists doubt the Games will capture the magic of an X-Games.”

    USA Today Sports features an “early primer” on hockey teams preparing to play in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

    Alexander Ovechkin carries the Sochi Olympic torch. (Getty Images)
    Hockey star Alex Ovechkin was the first Russian torch bearer for the Sochi Olympics. NPR's David Greene talks to Ovechkin about challenges ahead for the Winter Games, as well as the upcoming hockey season.

    The New York Times' Jeff Z. Klein reports on the "long shadow" cast over the National Hockey League season: the upcoming Sochi Games. Klein previews "stories to follow" in the lead up to the Winter Olympics and the Stanley Cup finals.

    Road to Tokyo 2020

    Staging the 2020 Summer Olympics will benefit Japan’s mission “to end a two-decade period of perennial disappointment for investors.” The Telegraph’s Kyle Caldwell explores the “pros and cons of putting your money into the Japanese stock market” and names the stocks and sectors that “should thrive in the run-up to Tokyo 2020.”

    The Asia-Pacific Journal highlights Tokyo Shimbun’s “five challenges for Tokyo” ahead of the 2020 Summer Games.

    Forbes contributing writer Carmine Gallo claims Tokyo delivered the “world’s most valuable presentation” at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gallo explores seven “proven presentation tactics” that earned Tokyo the 2020 Summer Olympics.

    The “world’s largest fish market” will relocate to a “modern, climate-controlled distribution center on a manufactured island” in three years. The New York Times reports that the market’s move is part of a “broader face-lift” Tokyo is planning before the 2020 Games. Opponents of Japan’s “development-happy bureaucrats” see this as a ploy “to enrich big construction companies and real estate developers.” Supporters say the move is “necessary to keep up with changing times.”
    Jordan Burroughs (Getty Images)

    In Other News

    3 Wire Sports columnist Alan Abrahamson points out a problem for wrestling: no one knows about Jordan Burroughs. 

    The IOC reinstated wrestling to the 2020 Summer Olympics during the IOC Session in Buenos Aires. According to Abrahamson, wrestling's next phase is to better construct a "brand and image for its sport and athletes." Wrestling should also work to attract "way more kids and young people — boys and, in particular, girls — and make the sport more friendly to them and their parents."

    “Who could forget Jesse Owens?,” asks the Chicago Tribune. Owens “leapt to fame” during the 1936 Berlin Olympics, winning four gold medals and breaking three world records. He spent most of his life in Chicago and is buried on the city’s South Side. A local school was then named after Owens; the school now operates as a “fine arts option school” under a different name. The Chicago Board of Education will vote this week on whether to “restore Jesse Owens’ name to the school.”
    The Independent features the “mastermind” behind the “epic America's Cup comeback.” Great Britain’s Ben Ainslie is the first sailor from his country to stand on a winning yacht for 110 years in the America’s Cup.
    US athletes Tommie Smith (C) and John Carlos (R). (Getty Images)
    An “iconic gesture” inspires Los Angeles-based artist Glenn Kaino's newest work "Bridge." Untied States track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos notably performed a black power salute during the 1968 Summer Olympics. Al Jazeera reports that Kaino’s piece includes “32 gold-painted fiberglass casts of Smith's arm that were suspended from cables attached to the Navy Pier's vaulted ceiling.” The “work in progress” was featured at an art fair in Chicago September 19 through September 22.
    United States swimmer Victoria Arlen’s Paralympic career is “now in jeopardy.” The New York Times reports on a dispute between Arlen and the International Paralympic Committee over an issue “fundamental to her identity: whether she is disabled enough even to qualify as a competitor.”
    Former United States figure skater Morgan Grant’s Olympic “dreams were dashed” when her coach made “sexual advances toward her.” Grant is not alone. CNN reports that “nearly a dozen male figure skating coaches were suspended by the US Figure Skating Association over the past three years for inappropriate behavior.”
    The Guardian features British Sports Minister Hugh Robertson's comments on the 2022 Qatar World Cup controversy: "I don't think anybody in the world of football thinks a World Cup in Qatar in the summer is a sensible or deliverable option. To that extent, this is a mess of FIFA's own making."
    Compiled by Nicole Bennett.

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