2008 Olympics, Beijing

IOC attempts to ban Thanou again

The International Olympic Committee is attempting to re-open its disciplinary proceedings against Ekaterina Thanou, one of the Greek athletes suspended on the eve of the 2004 Olympics after missing drugs tests. Thanou served a two-year ban from international competition, but has since qualified to compete for Greece in the 100m sprint in Beijing.

The IOC may also be forced to award a gold medal that was confiscated from Marion Jones to Thanou, who finished second behind the American in a race at the Sydney Olympics. Jones was later found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs during the 2000 Games.

China backs down in internet censorship row

In response to mounting pressure from the IOC, Chinese authorities last week agreed to restore media access to most websites. International broadcasters and journalists had complained that they were unable to access the sites of many news and human rights agencies. A spokesperson for the IOC confirmed on 1 August that "the media are now able to access sites to do their job".

2012 Olympics, London

Sponsorship gathers momentum

Lord Coe, Chair of London 2012, has announced that his team has already attained over half of its domestic sponsorship targets, with the Olympic Games still four years away. The communications company Nortel will work with BT, Atos Origin and Samsung as Network Infrastructure Partners. Nortel will also join EDF Energy, BT and BP to work towards mitigating the environmental impact of the Games.

Going for gold in … poetry?

Award-winning British 'slam poet', Fanny Walker, has called for the reintroduction of the intellectual component of the Olympic Games, originally developed in Ancient Greece. Writing in The Times, Walker declares that "it's time to bring poetry back to the London Games". She explains how slam poets, who act out their poetry on stage, could compete head-to-head in 2012, perhaps boosting Great Britain's otherwise speculative medal hopes.

2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

Athletes Village Masterplans – deadline approaches

Glasgow City Council has invited expressions of interest from developers in the first step towards delivery of the 2014 athletes' village in Dalmarnock. The village will house 6,500 competitors and officials during the Games, and will subsequently be used for private housing, 300 rental homes and an elderly care home. A shortlist will be drawn up in September and the successful tender announced in Spring 2009. The deadline for submitting a Masterplan is August 11 (see www.glasgow.bravosolution.com for more information). 

Other news

Shepherd and Wedderburn helps put North East Scotland on the sporting map

Shepherd and Wedderburn has been appointed to provide legal services to the £28 million Aberdeen Sports Village. The facility is being constructed by a joint venture between the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland, and will provide Northern Scotland with a sporting hub capable of hosting international events, attracting promising athletes to the University.

Premier League awaits outcome of Thaksin trial

Manchester City owner and former Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, currently faces charges of fraud in his home country. If convicted, the FA Premier League will come under pressure to reassess whether Thaksin is "a fit and proper person" to hold a directorship or shareholding in the club, in accordance with the League's rules. The Thai Supreme Court is due to issue its verdicts next month.