Olympics attacked for fast food and fizzy drink links

The Childrens’ Food Campaign says chance to create a positive health legacy from London 2012 has been squandered Health campaigners are urging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban junk food and fizzy drink brands from future sporting sponsorship deals in a critical new report which says the committee has squandered the chance to create […]


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Cherie Blair: London 2012’s secret weapon

Tony Blair says his wife played a big part in securing Olympic Games for London by schmoozing lesser-known IOC members Cherie Blair was instrumental in securing the 2012 Olympic Games for London, having quietly lobbied many of the less well-known International Olympic Committee delegates, according to her husband, the former prime minister. The success of […]


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London 2012 Olympic sponsors list: who are they and what have they paid?

How much are companies pouring into sponsoring London 2012? We’ve compiled the first list of how much they are spending• Get the data• Data journalism and data visualisations from the Guardian Who is footing the London 2012 sponsorship bill? Thanks to the London 2012 site, we know who the sponsors are – but what we […]


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London 2012: Despite our anxieties, the Olympics will be a force for good in Britain | Observer editorial

Rain, the G4S security fiasco, a cracked flyover, officials selling tickets on the black market… all this and more, yet the Games are set to be a triumph In February this year, a team from the International Olympic Committee made their tenth and final visit to inspect and assess preparations for the 2012 “Games of […]


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Has London 2012 been greenwashed? | Jules Boykoff

Sponsorship deals with Dow Chemical and BP threaten to derail the Olympics’ sustainable aims. It’s not too late to cancel them The Olympic Games showcase exceptional athletic prowess under pressure. But to the chagrin of London 2012 organisers, a different sort of pressure has emerged: a clash between Olympic-style environmentalism and the corporate commercialism of […]


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London 2012: IOC and Betfair work to stamp out corruption at Olympics

• Betting-related corruption a major threat to Games, says IOC• Met will have unit dedicated to tackling illegal gambling The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has signed an information-sharing agreement with Betfair, the largest online betting exchange, as part of an attempt to clamp down on the threat of corruption ahead of the London 2012 Games. […]


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