ATHENS, Greece – ATHENS, Greece (AP) — When it comes to overspending, Greece gets the gold medal. Governments in the Greek capital of Athens haven't balanced a budget in nearly 40 years, and the country narrowly averted bankruptcy in May before panicky European partners grudgingly put up massive rescue loans. While many factors are behind the crippling debt crisis, the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens has drawn particular attention. If not the sole reason for this nation's financial mess, some point to the games as at least an illustration of what's gone wrong in Greece. Their argument starts with more than a dozen Olympic venues — now vacant, fenced off and patrolled by private security guards. Stella Alfieri, an outspoken anti-Games campaigner, says they marked the start of Greece's irresponsible spending binge. "I feel vindicated, but it's tragic for the country ... They exploited feelings of pride in the Greek people, and people profited from that," said Alfieri, a … [Read more...] about Did 2004 Olympics spark Greek financial crisis?
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By Frank Keogh BBC Sport 17 Jan From the section Athletics Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/46869084 Read more about sharing. British runner Jo Pavey is targeting a record-equalling sixth Olympic Games next year, when she will be 46.That would match javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson's six Olympic appearances by a British track and field athlete.Pavey was the oldest woman to win a European Championships gold when claiming the 10,000m title in 2014 aged 40, just 11 months after giving birth."I forget how old I am. I'm not complacent but I will attempt to make my sixth Olympics," she told BBC Sport.Pavey made her first Olympic appearance at Sydney in 2000, has qualified for the British team at every Games since, and now wants to earn a place in Team GB at Tokyo 2020."I need to get a good … [Read more...] about Jo Pavey, 45, targets record sixth Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020
The only Israeli Olympic gold medal winner ever Gal Fridman, announced on Monday that he would sell the medal at an auction. IANSUpdated:October 16, 2018, 12:43 AM IST The only Israeli Olympic gold medal winner ever Gal Fridman, announced on Monday that he would sell the medal at an auction. Jerusalem: The only Israeli Olympic gold medal winner ever Gal Fridman, announced on Monday that he would sell the medal at an auction. The 43-year-old Fridman wrote in Facebook: "I'm looking for an eBay expert that understands an auction of the rare item, the only one of its kind in Israel", reports Xinhua news agency. Fridman also plans to sell the windsurfer with which he won the gold medal at the sailing competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Previously, at the Atlanta games in 1996, he won a bronze medal. As a result of his win, he received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Israeli Olympic Committee and sponsors, but had to pay the state income tax of 50 percent. … [Read more...] about Israel’s Only Olympic Gold Medallist to Sell his Medal
ACTION man James Cracknell is a former geography teacher and all-round adventurer with far more than Olympic rowing to his bow. Here is SunSport's lowdown on a man whose life has been the epitome of blood, sweat and tears. How many Olympic gold medals did Cracknell win? Cracknell won gold at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. The 2000 games in Sydney saw Cracknell, Steve Redgrave, Tim Foster and Matthew Pinsent cross the line ahead of the Italians. They held on to their title in the Athens 2004 Olympics with Cracknell and Pinsent being joined by Ed Goode and Steve Williams. They beat World Champions Canada by just 0.8 seconds. How many other medals does the rower have? Cracknell has six World Rowing Championship gold medals. He nabbed three in the coxless four crew in 1997, 1998 and 1994. He also won gold in the coxless pair in 2001 and 2002. Plus he rowed to gold in the coxed pair in 2001. What else is he famous for? In 2006, together with Ben Fogle, Cracknell rowed the … [Read more...] about Who is James Cracknell, how many Olympic gold medals has he won and how did he get a brain injury?
Editor's note: This is the first instalment in China Daily's series of previews ahead of the 2018 Asian Games, which open on Aug 18 in Jakarta. Team China will be out to prove it again at the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, from Aug 18 to Sept 2. On Monday, the General Administration of Sport of China unveiled a strong delegation for the Games, including a star-studded contingent for athletics. The brightest stars on the squad are sprinters Su Bingtian and Xie Zhenye, who have showed great momentum so far this year. Su tied the Asian men's 100 meters mark of 9.91 seconds with a tail wind of 0.2m/s at the IAAF World Challenge meet in Madrid in June - three days after Xie blazed to victory in 9.97sec at the Meeting de Montreuil in France, becoming just the third Asian to run the 100 under 10 seconds. The 28-year-old Su's previous personal best of 9.99 was achieved at the 2015 IAAF Diamond League meet in Eugene, Oregon, and equaled at the 2015 World Championships, when he became the … [Read more...] about Home/ Track and FieldHopes run high for Asian games squad