“Mixed Zone” podcast: A busy October for Greece and the Olympic movement includes lighting the flame for Beijing 2022

“Mixed Zone”, in English and Spanish, is a new weekly podcast with the information and analysis of world sport that can only be found at Around the Rings.

Big Changes for Olympic Bids

(ATR) The IOC endorses a new, more flexible way to choose Olympic hosts.

Coates to Bid Cities: Vote, Then We'll Talk

(ATR) IOC powerbroker John Coates says "come to us after you've had the referendum".

Stockholm-Are and Milan-Cortina Neck and Neck in 2026 Bid Race

(ATR) IOC says both Swedish and Italian bids are capable of hosting 2026 Games – but evaluation report outlines challenges.

Bach: 'Culture of Mistrust' Derailing Olympic Bids

(ATR) IOC president tells International Athletes Forum "reforms are working" but changing people's perceptions is not easy.

IOC Shakes Up Olympic Bidding - Again

(ATR) The IOC is set to overhaul its host city selection process for the 2030 and 2032 Games.

Romania Ready for Another YOG Bid

(ATR) The Romanian city of Brasov is trying again to host the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

DOSB President Wins Another Term

(ATR) It was a little palace revolution, but the incumbent did not fall.

Turkmenistan "Dreaming" of Olympic Bid

(ATR) An ambitious, global sports event schedule could eventually lead to an Olympic bid from Turkmenistan.

Austrian Olympic Committee Backs 2026 Winter Games Bid

(ATR) Joint 2026 bid from Graz and Schladming must still secure provincial government approval before letter goes to IOC.

ATR Guest Interview -- Richard Peterkin: Calling It as He Sees It

IOC member in St. Lucia speaks to Australian journalist Tracey Holmes ...

Anti-Olympics Activists Take on Los Angeles, Paris

(ATR) As the IOC, Los Angeles, and Paris converge to sign host city contracts, activists say the Games can be stopped.

Potential Austrian 2026 Bid Closer to Fruition

(ATR) Innsbruck and the Tyrol region present the Austrian bid offer to the IOC to host the 2026 Olympics.

ATR First: New Life for Possible Stockholm 2026 Bid

(ATR) Swedish NOC tells ATR that IOC seminars on new bidding process have helped the bid team with its stakeholders.

Budapest Olympic Bid Faces New Challenge

(ATR) Budapest 2024 won't comment on reports the city's mayor may consider dropping Olympic bid if a referendum is forced.

Paris 2024 Signs 13th Top Sponsor; Budapest Partners Coming

(ATR) Paris bid adds energy giant SUEZ while Budapest 2024 prepares to announce batch of partners next week

Authorities Reject Referendum on Budapest Olympic Bid

Bid tells ATR there is now “little chance” any referendum could scupper Budapest’s Olympic mission after failure of latest attempt

Five Swiss Candidates Announce 2026 Bids

(ATR) Five groups will be battling it out to win the Swiss nomination for the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

2024 Bidding - Budapest Meeting Federations; Rome Stages Sports Events

(ATR) Budapest builds support after bill submitted to parliament to establish legal framework for bid... Rome showcases event capabilities

IOC Watchdog for 2024 Bids "Very Happy" with Submissions

(ATR) IOC's 2024 evaluation panel will give feedback to candidate cities next month after a four-day review of first bid files

Growing List of 2024 Olympic Bidding Consultants

(ATR) The list of consultants for 2024 bid cities is now up to 30 ... despite IOC urging 2024 cities to trim bid costs. Mark Bisson reports

French NOC Cautious on Paris 2024 Olympic Bid

Despite reports Paris City Council will green-light a bid, the French Olympic Committee tells ATR there is more work ahead.

Budapest Mayor Dashes Dreams of Hungarian Games

(ATR) Also: Almost 75 percent of Germans favor a campaign for the 2024 Summer Olympics. 

Exclusive -- Istanbul 2020 Campaign Jeopardized by Turkey Euro Football Bid

(ATR) Pressure is increasing on the Turkish government to choose between Istanbul 2020 and a bid for the Euro 2020 football championships - with Turkey set to be the only bidder for the UEFA showpiece.

Baku Olympic Bid Develops; Tokyo 2020 Touts Fun Runs

(ATR) Azerbaijan holds sport and youth holiday ... Women run through Tokyo fashion district ... On-the-scene coverage of 2020 Olympic bidding inside ...

On the Scene -- Olympic Hopefuls Seek Wisdom in Lausanne

(ATR) The secrets to winning an Olympic bid could be revealed this week in Lausanne. Around the Rings Editor Ed Hula is on the scene in the Olympic Capitol...

Rogge Arrives in Durban; More Talk of South Africa 2020 Bid

(ATR) IOC president Jacques Rogge remained tight-lipped on the battle for the 2018 Winter Olympics in his first briefing to media after arriving in Durban today.

IOC Clears Vancouver Bid Leader

(ATR) The IOC says John Furlong did nothing wrong as leader of the Vancouver 2010 Winter bid when he proposed to help Moscow's bid for the 2012 Olympics.

Olympic Newsdesk -- New Logo for French Olympic Bid; Surfing Makes Bid for Olympics

(ATR) A new logo for the Annecy 2018 bid... Russian Olympic Committee turns 20... Surfing makes an Olympic appeal

Bidding for the Games -- PyeongChang; Munich; Istanbul; Lausanne Summit

(ATR) Leaders of the PyeongChang 2018 bid seek a pardon for a key IOC member... A new chairman takes his seat for Munich 2018... Istanbul believes Rio 2016 is good news for a 2020 bid.

Bidding for the Games -- Rio Hotels, Trees; The Obama Letter

(ATR) Rio de Janeiro aims to grow trees and hotel rooms... President Obama's letter for Chicago 2016 to IOC members

Bidding for the Games -- Madrid Plots IOC Stratgey; Rio Cleanup Moves Forward

(ATR) The leaders of the Madrid Olympic bid plot their course to lobby IOC members... A big cleanup project in Rio de Janeiro moves ahead... Two early entries in the race for the 2020 Olympics

Bidding for the Games: 2016 Cities Ready for Denver

(ATR) The four cities in the running for the 2016 Olympics are prepping for a crucial campaign appearance in the U.S.

Bidding for the Games -- 2016 Update; France Considers Winter Bid

(ATR) Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo win more government support, Chicago's cycling venue switch and French candidates line up for the 2018 Winter Olympics...

Global Financial Crisis Hits Munich 2018 Olympic Bid

(ATR) The new chief executive of Munich's 2018 Olympic bid tells Around the Rings he is confident of raising the $39 million bid budget to keep the campaign on track amid the challenging economic climate.

Bidding for the Games -- 2016 Bids, Prague, 2014 Youth Olympics

(ATR) Tokyo firms up bid, Madrid wins Parliamentary support, top athletes support Rio and Chicago's Olympic Village takes a new step. More inside on the 2016 Olympic bids, Prague's hopes and the campaign for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.