UNEP Reaffirms support to “Green” Olympics in Beijinghttp://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default.asp?DocumentID=498&ArticleID=5491&l=enBritish Olympic official warns of Chinese "superstate" ahead of Beijing Gameshttp://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/01/15/sports/AS-SPT-OLY-Chinas-Might.phpOlympics Threaten City Projects Cashhttp://www.thisisbradford.co.uk/mostpopular.var.1124350.mostviewed.olympics_threaten_city_projects_cash.phpOlympics race: Chicago vs. the worldhttp://chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=23478GamesBids.comhttp://www.gamesbids.com/english/index.shtmlChicago 2016 [Macromedia Flash Player]http://www.chicago2016.org/Back in 1896, Pierre de Coubertin and a number of physical culture devotees helped breathe new life into the Olympics. While these games in Athens certainly helped restore and recreate a number of palaces of sport from the world of ancient Rome, few of the other features we now associate with the modern games were in place. Today, even the bidding process to host either the Summer or Winter Games can be a contentious affair, and other skeptics continue to doubt the long-term benefits of hosting the Olympics. This past week, a number of news agencies began reporting on the excitement surrounding the 2008 Summer Olympics. The hubbub surrounding these games has started already as the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Olympic Committee reaffirmed their support for creating a "green" friendly environment for the 2008 games and those in the future. From other quarters, there was mention of other more immediate concerns. For example, the British Olympic Association's chief executive Simon Clegg expressed nervousness about the "sporting superstate" of China due to their very impressive showing at the 2004 Games in Athens. With a year and a half until the Games begin, there remains plenty of time to engage in a bit of fun speculation about how each nation will perform at what promises to be an exciting Summer Games. The first link will take users to a press release from the United Nations Environment Programme which talks about their interest in creating a "green" friendly Olympic Games. Moving along, the second link will take users to a piece from the International Herald Tribune that talks about the emergence of China as a "sporting superpower". The third link leads to a piece from a daily newspaper in Bradford (UK) which voices concerns that government sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympic Games will threaten local community development funds. The fourth link leads to a piece from Monday's Crain's Chicago Business which provides background information about Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games. For a bit of speculative and informed commentary about future Olympic sites, the fifth link is a real find. Created and developed by Robert Livingstone, the GamesBids site provides in-depth coverage of cities' efforts to host future Olympic Games. The final link leads to the official homepage for Chicago's 2016 bid to host the Games, complete with links to news and events surrounding their efforts.


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