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tokyo 2020 olympics organisers step up efforts to counter ticket scalping


by: reuters | barcelona | published:october 26, 2017 12:02 am tokyo will host the olympic games in 2020. (ap photo)top newsthe tokyo 2020 olympic and paralympic organising committee is looking to counter ticket scalping amid concerns of massive buyouts and overpriced resales ahead of the event, kyodo news agency reported on thursday.the committee remains keen on introducing online tickets bearing personal information and a system where purchasers can sell tickets on at a fixed price.with more than 10 million entry tickets expected to be issued, starting next year, the committee had also already asked the japanese government and lawmakers for legislation to clamp down on scalpers.“it will affect the games’ reputation. we want to create a framework through which we can thoroughly cr...






ioc says tokyo budget efforts for 2020 olympics key for future bidders


by: reuters | tokyo | updated: june 28, 2017 3:43 pm ioc is worried soaring costs could scare off future bidders. (source: reuters file)top newsinternational olympic committee (ioc) vice president john coates praised efforts by tokyo organisers to lower the budget for the 2020 summer games, saying cost control was important for attracting future bid cities. figures released last month showed organisers had trimmed budget estimates to 1.685 trillion yen ($15.7 billion) including contingencies, from 1.8 trillion yen in their initial budget unveiled in december.coates, speaking wednesday at a meeting of the ioc coordination commission on its fourth visit to tokyo, said the ioc was pleased with the reduction as well as organisers’ emphasis on reducing costs further.“it is important to...






olympics, rugby world cup organisers to collaborate in japan


by: ap | published:april 26, 2017 6:39 pm japan will be the first country to host both olympics and rugby world cup in consecutive years. (source: ap)organisers of the 2020 tokyo olympics signed a collaborative agreement with the organisers of the 2019 rugby world cup on wednesday, aiming to maximize the benefits and impact of the global events.the rugby world cup will be staged in japan as tokyo is finalizing preparations to host the summer games for the first time since 1964.the two organizations will share knowledge and resources in areas including security, transport, venue management, volunteer programs and anti-doping programs.“there are many synergies between the hosting of these two events,” world rugby chairman bill beaumont said. “we look forward to working with all pa...






tokyo organizers reach agreement on allocation of 2020 olympic costs


by: ap | tokyo | published:may 31, 2017 6:02 pm organisers announced a rough estimate for the total cost of hosting the games of between - billion.top newsorganisers of the tokyo olympics reached a broad agreement wednesday on the allocation of costs for the 2020 games with the metropolitan, national and local governments of the seven prefectures and four other cities hosting events. governments outside tokyo that are to host competitions agreed on basic principles concerning cost sharing.yoshiro mori, the head of the organising committee, said the agreement was a step forward.“i think our preparation has been at least one year behind,” mori said. “we want to speed up the process now so that we can catch up.”the seven prefectures hosting events are hokkaido, miyagi, fukushima,...






tokyo organizers reach agreement on allocation of 2020 olympic costs


by: ap | tokyo | published:may 31, 2017 6:02 pm organisers announced a rough estimate for the total cost of hosting the games of between - billion.top newsorganisers of the tokyo olympics reached a broad agreement wednesday on the allocation of costs for the 2020 games with the metropolitan, national and local governments of the seven prefectures and four other cities hosting events. governments outside tokyo that are to host competitions agreed on basic principles concerning cost sharing.yoshiro mori, the head of the organising committee, said the agreement was a step forward.“i think our preparation has been at least one year behind,” mori said. “we want to speed up the process now so that we can catch up.”the seven prefectures hosting events are hokkaido, miyagi, fukushima,...






ioc, tokyo organizers aim to cut costs for the 2020 olympics


by: ap | published:october 4, 2017 10:52 pm john coates said the ioc needs to see cuts of billion from the billion budget. (source: file)top newsthe international olympic committee and the tokyo organising committee wrapped up a two-day project review on wednesday vowing to cut costs for the 2020 games and address concerns over water pollution in tokyo bay.ioc vice president john coates said the ioc needs to see cuts of $1 billion from the $12 billion budget. coates said he saw potential for cost reduction in 11 of the 14 areas that were discussed during the meetings.“that’s the target that we think should be achievable not just by tokyo but by all summer organizing committees,” said coates, who chairs the ioc’s coordination commission for the 2020 tokyo olympics. “what we a...






tokyo launches mobiles-to-medals recycling campaign


by: reuters | tokyo | updated: february 16, 2017 4:54 pm japan’s hosting 2020 the olympic games. (source: reuters)members of the japanese public lined up to donate unwanted mobile phones that will be recycled into medals for the 2020 olympic games, as a project aimed at promoting sustainability was launched on thursday.the campaign kicked off at tokyo’s metropolitan government building where more than 100 people dropped the used handsets into a box that displayed the number of donations.“i came today because i thought it’s great that my old mobile phones will become medals for the 2020 olympics games,” said hiromi sakushima, a 55-year-old resident of kawasaki, near tokyo.the project is part of an effort to save costs after the budget for the tokyo games ballooned to more than 3 trillion y






3-on-3 basketball added to 2020 tokyo olympic program


by: ap | luassane | published:june 9, 2017 9:04 pm ioc added 3-on-3 basketball to 2020 tokyo olympics program. (source: ap)top newsthe ioc added 3-on-3 basketball to the 2020 tokyo olympic program on friday in an effort to give the games a more youthful and urban appeal.in another move toward street sports, bmx freestyle cycling will join the olympics for the first time among a net increase of 15 gold medals for a 321-event program.however, the international olympic committee cut 285 athlete places from the 2016 rio de janeiro games with track and field losing 105 spots.the overall quota will be 10,901 athletes in tokyo, including 64 in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament that will have eight teams for men and women. the tokyo venue has not yet been agreed on, the ioc said.track cycling wi...






medals for 2020 tokyo olympics to be made of recycled metal


gold tablets of 3 grams, left, which is able to be recycled from 100 mobile phones, are shown as example in tokyo, saturday, april 1, 2017. organizers of the 2020 tokyo olympics began saturday collecting discarded electronic devices that will be used in the production of the medals to be awarded to athletes. the organizing committee aims to collect eight tons of raw metal which will yield around two tons of pure metal, enough to produce 5,000 medals for the tokyo games. (ap photo/eugene hoshiko)(photo: the associated press)connectlinkedinemailmoretokyo (ap) — organizers of the 2020 tokyo olympics have begun collecting discarded electronic devices that will be used in the production of the medals to be awarded to athletes.japanese olympic swimmer takeshi matsuda and paralympian takuro yam..






south korea banks federation boost 2018 winter olympics ticket sales


by: reuters | seoul | published:september 26, 2017 2:51 pm the federation announced it would donate 20 billion won to pyeongchang organisers to help the games run smoothly. (source: file)top newsamid dismal domestic ticket sales for february’s pyeongchang winter olympics, the korea federation of banks said on tuesday it will buy 1 billion won worth of briefs as part of its “social responsibility” efforts.response to the first phase of ticket sales in south korea earlier this year was utterly underwhelming. as of thursday, 315,000 tickets for the feb. 9-25 games had been sold, just under 30 percent of the 1.07 million total target, with some 60 percent of those sales taking place abroad.while organisers have earmarked 750,000 tickets for domestic sale, only 124,000 has been sold ...






mlb players union head says 2020 olympics difficult


by: ap | sarasota | published:february 24, 2017 12:21 pm baseball returns to olympics after a 12-year absence for the tokyo games. (source: ap)the head of the major league baseball players association says it will be difficult for big leaguers to participate at the 2020 tokyo olympics.baseball returns to olympics after a 12-year absence for the tokyo games, which are scheduled for july 24-aug. 9 – in the middle of baseball’s season.“there are challenges with the schedule, and there are challenges with major leaguers being involved,” clark said thursday at the baltimore orioles’ spring training camp.in 2008, players on major league 25-man rosters and disabled lists on june 26 were ineligible to play. the us roster included 17 players from triple-a, seven from double-a and col...






wallabies lock rob simmons joins the nsw waratahs on two-year deal


the curious tale of queensland reds discard rob simmons has entered a new chapter with the wallabies lock joining the nsw waratahs on a two-year deal.axed by the reds in june after nine years of service, simmons was recalled to the australian side for the last two bledisloe cup tests against new zealand and started in saturday's heart-breaking six-point loss to the all blacks.afl finals ticket scalping rortvideo duration02:09previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:50plays of the weekplays of the weeka bit of luck, the cheekiest of tries and a lot of skill, these are the plays of the week.afl finals ticket scalping rortvideo duration02:09video duration02:09afl finals ticket scalping rortafl finals ticket scalping rortfooty fans are complaining online scalpers are charging as much as $10,..






2020 tokyo olympics cost twice the initial estimate: why?


the cost of the 2020 tokyo olympics is still nearly twice the initial estimate despite a major cost-cutting effort         






india women boxers welcome increase in weight categories for 2020 olympic games


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: june 13, 2017 1:37 am mc mary kom has won a bronze medal in 2012 london olympics.the change in the weight categories in women’s and men’s boxing for the 2020 olympics games in tokyo has been met a mixed reaction from the indian boxing fraternity. the international olympic council has decided to increase weight categories for women and decrease the men’s weight categories for the tokyo games.from previous three categories, women will now compete in five weight categories — 51kg, 57kg, 60kg, 69kg and 75kg — in tokyo. the two categories have been included to bring gender parity at the games.“it is a good decision and gives us a lot of room as far as a shot at medals is concerned. girls, who were straining themselves to fit into the ...






japan passes controversial anti-terror law despite protests


move necessary to prevent terrorism ahead of the tokyo 2020 olympics, government saystokyo: japan passed a controversial anti-terror law on thursday that critics warned would stomp on privacy rights and lead to over-the-top police surveillance.thousands protested outside the legislature after a full night of debate by sleepy parliamentarians and unsuccessful efforts by japan’s weak opposition to block the law’s passage.the government said the law, which criminalises the planning of serious offences, is necessary to prevent terrorism ahead of the tokyo 2020 olympics.it doesn’t give police new powers, but critics say the legislation could be abused to allow wiretapping of innocent citizens and threaten privacy and freedom of expression guarantees in the constitution.terrorism “won’...






medals for 2020 tokyo olympics to be made of recycled metal


by: ap | tokya | published:april 1, 2017 3:42 pm collection boxes have been set up throughout the country. the collection will end in the spring of 2019 or as soon as the eight-ton target is reached. (source: ap)organizers of the 2020 tokyo olympics have begun collecting discarded electronic devices that will be used in the production of the medals to be awarded to athletes.japanese olympic swimmer takeshi matsuda and paralympian takuro yamada attended a ceremony in downtown tokyo on saturday to kick off the campaign.“it’s a great project that turns your old unused phones into athletes’ treasured medals,” said four-time olympic swimming medalist matsuda. “i’m glad that by participating in this project, anyone can take part in the games.”the organizing committee aims to c...






ioc vp: tokyo 2020 will attract youth, offer gender equality


ioc vice president john coates says the addition of new sports at the 2020 tokyo olympics will attract youth and create gender equality without driving up costs         






mlb players’ union head says 2020 olympics difficult


the head of the major league baseball players association says it will be difficult for big leaguers to participate in the 2020 tokyo olympics.baseball returns to olympics after a 12-year absence for the tokyo games, scheduled for july 24-aug. 9 — in the middle of the mlb season.“there are challenges with the schedule, and there are challenges with major leaguers being involved,” clark said thursday at the orioles’ spring training camp in sarasota, fla.in 2008, players on major-league 25-man rosters and disabled lists june 26 were ineligible to play in beijing. the u.s. roster included 17 players from triple-a, seven from double-a and college pitcher stephen strasburg, now with the washington nationals.“it doesn’t mean that we are not continuing to have dialogue. ... where we l...






'ticket bots' make it harder for fans, should be banned: live performance indust


the turnbull government is "missing in action" when it comes to combating online ticket scalping, the peak body for australia's live performance industry says.live performance australia renewed its call for the government to support legislation to outlaw the use of "ticket bots" following efforts to address the issue in britain and the us. ticket scalping was so rife for midnight oil's upcoming shows that additional performances were scheduled. photo: getty imageslpa chief executive evelyn richardson said the use of bots, or automated software, to buy tickets in bulk and then resell them, often at vastly inflated prices, was a growing problem in many countries."they are being used to scoop up large numbers of tickets to popular shows, which make it harder for genuine fans to ge...






ioc's coates stresses cost cuts during tokyo visit


ioc vice president john coates kicked off a three-day evaluation of tokyo's preparations for the 2020 olympics on wednesday by emphasizing the need to cut costs         






tokyo olympics cost twice the initial estimate: why?


the cost of the 2020 tokyo olympics is still nearly twice the initial estimate despite a major cost-cutting effort         






looking for savings, olympics contemplates slashing funds for athletes village


the future athletes’ village is already under construction near paris ahead of the 2024 olympics. (benoit tessier/reuters)olympic athletes hoping to live it up at the 2020 games in tokyo may be in for a disappointment. in an attempt to save funds, the international olympic committee said tuesday it will consider revising the “level of service” provided at athletes village, the area set aside for athlete accommodations at the olympics.“we are putting a number of questions to those national olympic committees as to how we think we can find savings by reducing, to an acceptable level, the level of service in the olympic village,” ioc vice president john coates told tokyo 2020 organizers tuesday (via reuters). [michael phelps, wife ‘sending love’ to las vegas after attending con...






olympics reportedly to add 3-on-3 basketball to 2020 program


one official said the sport could appeal to the young and urban demographic. (jessica griffin/the philadelphia inquirer via associated press)olympics organizers are eager to get the ball rolling, or rather bouncing, as they look toward the 2020 program in tokyo. according to the associated press, the international olympic committee is all but certain it will add 3-on-3 basketball to its ever-changing list of events.“it would certainly be a perfect fit,” patrick baumann, the secretary general of world basketball’s governing body, told the news service friday.baumann points to the addition of skateboarding and sport climbing to the 2020 olympics as key factors in ushering in the additional basketball competition, which he said appeals to a demographic olympic organizers are openly cour...






looking for savings, olympics contemplates slashing funds for athletes village


the future athletes village is already under construction near paris ahead of the 2024 olympics. (benoit tessier/reuters)olympic athletes hoping to live it up at the 2020 games in tokyo may be in for disappointment. in an attempt to save funds, the international olympic committee said tuesday it will consider revising the “level of service” provided at the athletes village, the area set aside for athlete accommodations at the olympics.“we are putting a number of questions to those national olympic committees as to how we think we can find savings by reducing, to an acceptable level, the level of service in the olympic village,” ioc vice president john coates told tokyo 2020 organizers tuesday (via reuters). [michael phelps, wife ‘sending love’ to las vegas after attending conc...






forget about tokyo 2020, plan for 2024 olympics and beyond, says abhinav bindra


by: pti | mumbai | published:march 17, 2017 8:33 pm abhinav bindra also said he did not regret the loss in rio olympics as he gave his best performance. (source: pti)stressing on the need to put systems in place, india’s lone olympic gold medallist abhinav bindra on friday said the country should forget about 2020 games and instead start working for 2024 and beyond.“no, for 2020 (olympics), the time is too short. just a couple of years down the road and you can’t really make any significant changes. you have to just try and streamline whatever you have. it would be a mistake to completely, radically change everything. any change takes time to set in,” the 34-year-old shooter said when asked about the road ahead for india’s olympic sports.“in all fairness, we should just fo...






golf venue for 2020 games to vote on female bar


by: reuters | tokyo | published:february 3, 2017 9:30 am the kasumigaseki country club will host the golf tournaments at 2020 tokyo olympics.the kasumigaseki country club, which will host the golf tournaments at the 2020 tokyo olympics, will hold a board meeting next week to consider ending its ban on women becoming full members, according to local media.the vote comes after calls to shift the tournament from the private club in saitama province because of the rule, which allows women to play monday through urday but bars them from becoming full members and from playing on sundays.tokyo olympic organising committee chief toshiro muto sent a letter to the club on thursday appealing for it to reconsider the policy, kyodo news agency reported.the missive was sent on behalf of organisers, the






sports ministry task force recommends setting up empowered panel for tokyo olymp


by: express web desk | published:may 22, 2017 9:46 pm pv sindhu bagged a silver medal at the rio olympics. (source: ap)the task force constituted by the sports ministry to prepare an action plan for the next three olympic games on monday recommended setting up a steering committee to take charge of 2020 games in tokyo. the task force comprising eight members including gold medallist abhinav bindra and national badminton coach pullela gopichand met sports minister vijay goel.“we put up a few pointers during our (task force) meeting and the main recommendation was to set up an empowered steering committee to take charge of the next olympics,” gopichand said. “we have been meeting at regular intervals. and, besides 2020, of course the discussions are also being held for 2024 and 2...






3-on-3 basketball added to 2020 tokyo olympic program


lausanne, switzerland — the ioc added 3-on-3 basketball to the 2020 tokyo olympic program on friday in an effort to give the games a more youthful and urban appeal. in another move toward street sports, bmx freestyle cycling will join the olympics for the first time among a net increase of 15 gold medals for a 321-event program. however, the international olympic committee cut 285 athlete places from the 2016 rio de janeiro games with track and field losing 105 spots. the overall quota will be 10,901 athletes in tokyo, including 64 in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament that will have eight teams for men and women. the tokyo venue has not yet been agreed on, the ioc said. track cycling will add men's and women's madison races, and swimming will add men's 800-meter free...






ioc approves women’s 1,500-meter swimming, 3-on-3 basketball for 2020 tokyo game


the international olympic committee will add 3-on-3 basketball and mixed swimming relays, among other events, to the program for the 2020 tokyo olympics. (shizuo kambayashi, file/ap)the international olympic committee’s executive board announced on friday it will add new events to the swimming program for the 2022 olympics in tokyo, including u.s. star katie ledecky’s specialty, the 1,500 meters.ledecky, the bethesda native who won four gold and a silver at the 2016 games in rio, has held the world record in the 1,500 for three years. a men’s 800 and a 4×100 mixed medley relay — another possible event for ledecky — was also added.track cycling is adding men’s and women’s madison races and track and field will add a 4×400 mixed relay.also friday, the ioc executive board agr...






andrej lemanis reappointed australian boomers coach for run to tokyo 2020 olympi


andrej lemanis took the boomers as close as they have ever come to an olympic medal in rio and he will get another chance after being reappointed as coach until the end of the tokyo 2020 olympics.lemanis will coach the boomers and also continue as head coach at nbl club brisbane bullets with his reappointment to be announced on tuesday. boomers coach andrej lemanis. photo: getty imagesbasketball australia and the nbl successfully worked together with lemanis to formulate a way he could do both jobs to keep his coaching skills "sharp".lemanis' part-time appointment will see him coach the side in 2019 fiba world cup qualifying games every three months against asian based opponents starting in november.he will also take charge at the 2018 commonwealth games and, should the boomers q...






peter handscomb must keep wicket for victoria before replacing matthew wade: dea


dhaka: peter handscomb must don the wicketkeeping gloves for his state before being considered for the job in test cricket, says victorian great dean jones.there have been renewed calls for handscomb to become australia's keeper at the expense of matthew wade after wade endured a torrid time with both bat and gloves during the first test loss to bangladesh in dhaka.afl finals ticket scalping rortvideo duration02:09previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:30bangladesh defeat australia to claim ...bangladesh defeat australia to claim first testit's taken 17 years and five test matches but bangladesh have finally defeated australia in a test match. they won by 20 runs.afl finals ticket scalping rortvideo duration02:09video duration02:09afl finals ticket scalping rortafl finals ticket scal...






ag schneiderman wants ticket-scalping law reform to help consumer


albany — with the state ticket-scalping law set to expire on june 30, state attorney general eric schneiderman wants any renewal to include what he says are consumer-friendly reforms. schneiderman chief of staff brian mahanna sent a letter thursday to state legislative leaders urging that instead of again extending the law as is, they address weaknesses that make it harder for most fans to score tickets at face value. “in short, the industry is not fixing itself and new yorkers continue to suffer as a result,” mahanna wrote. mahanna wrote that the law should require ticket sellers to make public how many seats are being set aside for pre-sales and other "holds" and should keep ticket brokers from advertising tickets they don't yet own.brokers that used bots to sca...






ag schneiderman wants ticket-scalping law reform to help consumer


albany — with the state ticket-scalping law set to expire on june 30, state attorney general eric schneiderman wants any renewal to include what he says are consumer-friendly reforms. schneiderman chief of staff brian mahanna sent a letter thursday to state legislative leaders urging that instead of again extending the law as is, they address weaknesses that make it harder for most fans to score tickets at face value. “in short, the industry is not fixing itself and new yorkers continue to suffer as a result,” mahanna wrote. mahanna wrote that the law should require ticket sellers to make public how many seats are being set aside for pre-sales and other "holds" and should keep ticket brokers from advertising tickets they don't yet own.brokers that used bots to sca...






stopovers - can i decline an alternative ticket handed at an airline's check-in


often times i book a return ticket with a stopover, and then ditch only the route from the stopover to the destination of the return flight. in other words, i get off at the transit place only in the return flight.however, i have an experience of being handed a direct ticket in case of an emergency, even though the original ticket included a transit. for example, my original ticket was from seoul to tokyo with shanghai as a transit, but since the flight operated by china eastern was delayed for some reasons, i was instructed to get on a flight operated by korean air to directly go to tokyo.at that time, i didn't plan to get off at shanghai, so it was not a problem. however, now i wonder if it is possible to decline the alternative ticket handed at the check-in counter. i usually book an o.






ioc eyes olympic games villages for cost reductions


by: reuters | tokyo | published:october 3, 2017 10:39 am john coates said ioc had contacted 28 major nocs for their feedback. (file photo)top newsthe international olympic committee is looking at various areas to cut costs for hosting the games including the “level of service” in olympic villages, ioc vice president john coates told tokyo 2020 organisers on tuesday.coates, in opening remarks before a regular project review meeting, said the ioc had contacted 28 major national olympic committees (nocs) for their feedback by the end of this month.“we are putting a number of questions to those national olympic committees as to how we think we can find savings by reducing, to an acceptable level, the level of service in the olympic village,” he said.tokyo organisers have been work...






team cuomo to meet with lobbyists about state ticket scalping law


here is an expanded version of the third item from my "albany insider" column in monday's print editions: after having just signed a one-year extension of the state ticket scalping laws that included no pro-consumer changes, the cuomo administration is set to revisit the issue on july 20 with a group of lobbyists representing all sides of the ticket industry. among those scheduled to attend, sources say, is giorgio derosa, a long-time high-powered lobbyist who is representing ticketmaster and is also the father of cuomo’s top aide, melissa derosa. there will also lobbyists for live nation, the broadway league and re-selling sites like stub hub, ticket network, and allshows. but some complained the meeting will not include any consumer advocates, state legislators, or ...






tokyo 2020 medals to be made from ‘recycled’ mobile phones


by: ani | washington | published:february 2, 2017 11:17 am recycled materials have been used in previous games to make olympic medals, with 30% of the silver and bronze medals at last summer’s olympics in rio made from recycled materials.organizers of tokyo 2020 want their games to be remembered for being nature-friendly, and keeping that in mind, the medals are going to made from recycled mobile phones. the move is not only aimed at promoting sustainability, but also at saving costs. olympic and paralympic games have traditionally always been about gold, silver and bronze, but with the new development, the japanese public have been asked to donate unwanted mobile phones and other electronic items to help make 5,000 medals.watch what else is making news:according to cnn, the organizers ar