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  • Media Watch -- Slow Progress in Brazil; Tokyo 2020 Costs


    A general view of the Maracana Stadium that will stage matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Getty Images)
    Brazil Under Scrutiny

    Associated Press Sports writer Stephen Wilson says with the Sochi Olympics behind them, the IOC is "turning its attention to preparations for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro." Wilson discusses agenda items for the IOC Executive Board's meeting in Belek this week, "none more urgent than the chronic construction delays that are putting some of Rio's venue plans at risk."

    The Miami Herald's David Ovalle features a local defense attorney with hopes to make it to the 2016 Summer Olympics as a skeet shooter for Paraguay.

    Reuters reports Brazil is "falling behind" in its rush to finish work on "crucial new airport terminals" ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

    The Guardian's Scott Murray highlights "stunning moments" from the iconic quarterfinal match between England and Argentina during the 1986 World Cup.

    The Telegraph's Doug Gray the "best fine-dining restaurants" in Rio de Janeiro. Gray says that while Rio may have "smartened up significantly" in preparation for the World Cup and the 2016 Summer Games, it remains an "essentially relaxed city at heart."

    Infrastructure developments on the Tokyo Bay waterfront show hints of a 2020 "Olympic effect." (Getty Images)
    Australian International Business Times writer Dhrubajyoti Biswas provides readers a "guide to Rio" ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

    Tokyo 2020

    Japan Daily Press reporter John Hofilena says construction costs for the 2020 Summer Olympics will likely "double the estimates."

    Olympic bronze medalist Steve Holcomb (Getty Images)
    Infrastructure developments on the Tokyo Bay waterfront shows evidence of an "Olympic effect," according to Japan Daily Press writer Maan Pamintuan-Lamorena.

    In Other News

    Alexander Zolotarev, writer for the PBS "Idea Lab," explores how mobile applications are "pushing the Olympics further into the interactive spotlight."

    NBC Sports writer Nick Zaccardi discusses an obstacle United States bobsledder Steve Holcomb fought through to win two bronze medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

    Compiled by Nicole Bennett

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