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The IOC and McDonald's Corporation have announced that McDonald's has extended its global sponsorship agreement until 2020.The announcement was made in the presence of IOC President Jacques Rogge and McDonald's President and Chief Operating Officer Don Thompson.Commenting on the announcement, President Rogge said: "We are delighted that McDonald's, our long-time and valued Olympic Partner for more than 35 years, is continuing its ongoing commitment not only to help fund the Olympic Games but also to support the Olympic Movement around the world and ultimately the athletes themselves."Thompson commented: "We share the Olympic ideals of teamwork, excellence and being your best. Those ideals are at the heart of what McDonald's stands for and how we've brought the Games to life. "Feeding the athletes is a tradition we are extremely proud of, and we look forward to continuing our role in helping to make the Games possible."The 2012 IOC Women and Sport Awards were presented on the opening day of the 5th World Conference on Women and Sport in Los Angeles, USA, in February. Manisha Malhotra from India won the World Trophy for her commitment to helping disadvantaged girls progress through sport. The five continental winners were Peninnah Aligawesa Kabenge (Africa), the Bradesco Sports and Education Progamme and Centre (Americas), Zaiton Othman (Asia), Aikaterini Nafplioti-Panagopoulos (Europe), and Roseline Blake (Oceania).Despite having retired from a sporting career as an international tennis player, Mumbai native Malhotra continues to contribute to the sporting world by encouraging and supporting female athletes in her home country. "I was really blessed and The IOC has awarded the exclusive terrestrial television, and non-exclusive radio and mobile platform broadcast rights in Sub-Saharan Africa to Octagon for the London 2012 Olympic Games. IOC Executive Board member Richard CarriĆ³n said: "This is a new approach for broadcast rights in this region. We will be working closely with our new partner to ensure that the WOMEN AND SPORT AWARD WINNERS HONOUREDIOC AWARDS BROADCAST RIGHTS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA AND JAPANAbove Thompson and Rogge confirm new global sponsorship agreementIOC SIGNS NEW SPONSORSHIP DEAL WITH TOP PARTNER widest possible audience has access to the London 2012 Olympic Games."The IOC has also awarded the Japan Consortium the Japanese broadcast rights for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Japan Consortium, which includes NHK (the Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and the National Association of Commercial Broadcasters of Japan, has acquired the rights across all media platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile. IOC President Jacques Rogge said: "Japan is an important Olympic nation with a long Olympic history, and the Japan Consortium has been responsible for providing great coverage of the Olympic Games."I owe a lot to sport," she says. "I always wanted to give back to sport in whichever way I could." Malhotra is the founding member of the Mittal Champions Trust which promotes sport and its values and offers Indian athletes the opportunity to excel on the world stage. "I feel lucky to be able to help them," she says. Participants in the three-day conference called on sports leaders to take a more proactive role in advancing the cause of women in and through sport. Under the theme "Together Stronger: the Future of Sport", the conference culminated with over 800 delegates from 135 countries unanimously approving "The Los Angeles Declaration" - a series of recommendations aimed at promoting gender equality in sport and using sport as a tool to improve the lives of women around the world. OLYMPIC REVIEW 15 The IOC 2012 Women and Sport Awards were presented at the 5th World Conference on Women and Sport in Los Angeles.Below

the heart of the London 2012 Games and our plans for the Olympic Village will provide them with a home-from-home as they prepare for one of the biggest sporting moments of their lives."The mammoth task of equipping the Village is now underway and no detail has been forgotten. The 16,000 beds will be dressed with 64,000 bed sheets and 21,000 pillows, The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has handed over the Olympic Village site to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG). The handover marks the start of the huge process to fit-out the new apartments and prepare the Village to welcome athletes and officials from around the world.Four-time Olympic gold medallist Matthew Pinsent was on hand to assist LOCOG's 'bedding in' process, helping carry the first of more than 16,000 beds which will be installed in the Village in the coming months. The Olympic Village will be able to house 16,000 athletes and team officials during the Olympic Games. LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said, "Athletes are at A delegation from the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, led by Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Kozak, visited Innsbruck in January to attend the first Winter Youth Olympic Games - one of the key Olympic milestones before Sochi hosts the Winter Games in 2014. Dmitry Chernyshenko, the President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, also ran as a torchbearer in the Youth Torch Relay, passing the flame to the Austrian Paralympic Alpine skiing champion Claudia Loesch. Chernyshenko said: "The Winter Youth Olympic Games have been amazingly inspiring and there has been a great atmosphere and spirit of celebration everywhere!"We look forward to using the Innsbruck experience as part of our preparations to stage the most innovative Games in Olympic history."LOCOG GETS KEYS TO LONDON OLYMPIC VILLAGESOCHI 2014 EXPERIENCE INNSBRUCK73 CITIES CONSIDERED TO HOST RIO 2016 PRE-GAMES TRAINING VENUES ACROSS 18 STATES IN BRAZILBelow Matthew Pinsent (left)The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games has announced which venues across Brazil will host pre-Games training events. In total, 172 sports venues in 73 cities and 18 states in the five regions of Brazil were considered. The process took a year to complete as the selection panel sought to identify venues that were able to meet the technical requirements and recommendations of the International Sports Federations. The venues need to meet exacting standards to ensure that they are suitable for the athletes to use before the Games in 2016. The Pre-Games period is crucial for the athletes so that they can acclimatise to local conditions and train to reach their peak performance levels for the Games. When selecting the Pre-Games Training venues, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee also considered the accessibility of the venue as well as the proximity of airports, hotels and hospitals.President of Rio 2016, Carlos Nuzman, said: "Receiving Olympic delegations is a great opportunity to further the social and economic life of our cities."while the 9,000 wardrobes being installed will come complete with 170,000 coat hangers. During the Games up to 60,000 meals will be served every day using 5,000 loaves of bread, 232 tonnes of potatoes, 75,000 litres of milk and more than 330 tonnes of fruit and vegetables.Right The training events will take place all over Brazil as the nation gears up for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiros ,16 OLYMPIC REVIEW