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  • One Year to Rio 2016 -- Monday Memo


    08/03/15

    (ATR) Rio de Janeiro is marking the official one-year countdown to the 2016 Summer Olympics on Aug. 5.

    Rio's Copacabana Beach (Getty Images)
    Rio 2016 will hold a world press briefing this week to inform international media on the progress of preparations for the Summer Games. 

    Rio's Copacabana Beach hosted test events for triathlon and paratriathlon on Saturday, Aug. 1.

    Around the Rings reporter Aaron Bauer is in Rio, covering all news related to preparations for the Games.

    IOC Session

    The 128th IOC Session is underway in Kuala Lumpur. 

    The nearly 100 members of the IOC will conclude the series of meetings on Aug. 4.

    Members of the IOC Executive Board arrived in the Malaysia capital on July 27. The host for the 2022 Winter Olympics, Beijing, China, was announced on July 31.

    Tokyo 2020 Additional Sports Panel

    Media outside a Tokyo 2020 press conference in June (Getty Images)
    Organizers in Tokyo will hold talks with each of the federations under consideration for the 2020 Olympic Program Aug. 7-8.

    The organizing committee announced the IOC-recognized international federations proposing additional events for the Games on June 22. A total of 28 sports are already on the program.

    At the start of the process, the Additional Event Program Panel sorted through 26 interested applicants. On the shortlist are baseball/softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu.

    Tokyo 2020 will propose its final additional events proposal to the IOC by Sept. 30. Final approval will come at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016.

    Japan's Ken Terauchi competes at the FINA world aquatics champs in Kazan (Getty Images)
    Aquatics World Championships

    The 2015 World Aquatics Championships are underway in Kazan, Russia. This marks the first time that Russia will host the event.

    Competition, which ends Aug. 9, includes events in swimming, open water swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo. 

    The high diving competition is also serving as a qualifier for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

    Written by Nicole Bennett

    Photos: Getty Images

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