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All venues completed for Pyeongchang 2018 - Games chief

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (Reuters) - Organisers of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have completed construction of all competition and non-competition venues, Games chief Lee Hee-beom said on Monday ahead of the start of the Olympic torch relay.

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Korea set to unleash next gen of winter sports stars

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - For figure skating fans Kim Yuna was one of a kind.

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China approves $9.2 billion Winter Olympics high-speed rail line - local government

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has approved plans for a 58.41 billion yuan (5.97 billion pounds) high-speed rail project which will be used during the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, a local government said on Monday.


Russia cuts World Cup spending amid economic crisis

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian government ordered 30 billion roubles ($560 million) in cuts in spending on the 2018 World Cup on Monday but said the construction of stadiums would not be affected.


Economy weighs on Russia World Cup plans amid FIFA scandal

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin is still likely to host the World Cup in 2018 despite an FBI investigation into Russia's winning bid but his hopes of staging a tournament that impresses his critics are fading.

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China faces tougher sell in Winter Olympics bid

(Reuters) - Beijing promised a "frugal" Winter Olympics and to harness the event to clean up the capital's notorious air pollution if selected as host of the 2022 Games, but the pledges were greeted with scepticism on Chinese social media.


Factbox - Brazil's World Cup infrastructure: still a work in progress

(Reuters) - Brazil has come through with only half of the infrastructure improvements it had planned to modernize the country before the start of the World Cup at a cost of 25.8 billion reais (6.72 billion pounds).


World Cup leaves Brazil costly stadiums, poor public transport

BRASILIA (Reuters) - When the final whistle blows at the World Cup, Brazilians will be left with some of the world's costliest football stadiums and few of the public transport improvements they were promised.

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Rio takes Olympic baton as sceptics fear it will fumble

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - As the calm settled over London's Olympic Stadium after closing ceremonies on Sunday, the pressure was mounting in Rio de Janeiro, host of the 2016 games.