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    San Francisco Bay Area (Getty Images)
    (ATR) Chris Daly, a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and Ed Kinchley, co-chair of the San Francisco Committee on Political Education, say the Bay Area should not focus on bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics right now.

    "Hosting the Games will undoubtedly mean postponing funding important priorities such as reducing poverty, fighting climate change and curbing homelessness," Daly and Kinchley say in an op-ed for The San Francisco Chronicle.

    The United States Olympic Committee is expected announce its selection of a city to bid for the 2024 Olympics as early as next week. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington DC are all vying to bid for the Games.

    Daly and Kinchley say San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has assured the public that the $4.5 billion dollar price tag for the Games would come from private donors.

    "Yet make no mistake," the pair adds, "a Bay Area Olympic venue would create a level of financial, cultural and environmental ruin that our region might never recover from."

    Road to Rio 2016

    The Netherlands' Anky van Grunsven at the 2012 London Olympics (Getty Images)
    NBC Sports reporter Nick Zaccardi features the Netherlands' Anky van Grunsven who, if she competes in the 2016 Summer Games, could become the first athlete to win medals at seven Olympics and on five continents. "I don't care," the 47-year-old dressage champion told Zaccardi during a phone interview on Monday. 

    U.S. Olympic dressage rider Steffen Peters tells Zaccardi van Grunsven is quite possibly "the best" in her sport. "Everybody gets one horse of a lifetime," Peters says. "To be so successful with multiple horses, that says a lot."

    In a separate piece for NBC, Zaccardi looks at what the Rio Olympic golf fields would look like if the current, year-end rankings hold. Irish golf star Rory McIlroy tops the men's field and South Korea's Inbee Park tops the women's field.

    Golf makes it return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 at the Rio Games. The course is designed by architect Gil Hanse and will be the first public golf course in Rio after the Olympics.

    Dan Schwartz, a writer for Farmington, New Mexico's Daily Times, spotlights a sport looking to land a spot on the Olympic Program. "The organizers of North America's first mixed climbing competition for teenagers hope an event held here will be a starting point that will launch the sport into the Olympics," Schwartz says. 

    The IOC made sport climbing a type of rock climbing eligible for the Games in 2010, but the sport was later removed from consideration for the 2020 Olympics. According to Schwartz, mixed climbing is a type of ice climbing on rock that involves climbing also on rock.

    Representatives from the sport held a demonstration during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Schwartz quotes U.S. climbing coach Adam Markert as saying the event was a "litmus test," a way of gauging the sport's reception at the Games.

    "Now, those competing in the sport say adding it to the Olympics would grow the culture behind it," Schwartz says.

    Nigerian long jumper Ese Brume at the 2014 Commonwealth Games (Getty Images)
    Olympic field hockey player Georgie Twigg tells the local English paper Lincolnshire Echo that her team has the 2016 Olympics in its sight. "We're back into a big training block at Bisham Abbey now and getting ready for a massive 2015."

    Nigerian long jumper Ese Brume says there is no time to waste in preparation for Rio 2016, according to online news aggregate AllAfrica,com. "Brume, a junior athlete, was one of those that shaped the face of Nigeria and indeed African athletics in 2014," Guardian reporter Gowon Akpodonor says. "She was the cynosure of all eyes at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she leaped to an impressive 6.56 meters to grab gold medal for Team Nigeria."

    Akpodonor says there are two major events laying ahead of Brume in 2015, an African championship and a World Championship. "I will use the two competitions to test the ground before I finally jet out to the USA later in the year for a full scale preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics Games," Brume told The Guardian.

    In Other News

    Japan's Asahi Shimbun says foreign luxury brands are showing a "renewed interest" in Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics. "Many luxury brands are scrambling to expand their businesses in Japan partly to cash in on Asian tourists in Tokyo, including wealthy Chinese visitors, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games," the news agency reports.

    Compiled by Nicole Bennett

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