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London Olympic cauldron plagiarism dispute settled

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London Olympic organizers acknowledged that a New York studio submitted designs between 2006 and 2008 that would go on to become features of the 2012 Olympic cauldron.

The 2012 Olympic cauldron was lit by seven young British athletes in the middle of the Olympic Stadium.

They ignited copper petals on the ground, which triggered more than 200 petals overall, one for each nation participating in the Olympics.

The petals were offered to each of the nations after the Paralympics.

The New York studio, Atopia, submitted five features for a design between four and six years before the Olympics, according to a statement:

The live-time construction of the pavilion in the opening ceremony for the Games;
The pavilion being made from 200+ flower shaped forms, one for each of the  participating nations;
The flower-shaped forms to be brought into the opening ceremony by ‘bearers’ in each participating nations team;
As part of the ceremony the ‘bearers’ to pass each flower shaped form to the ‘next generation’ to be ‘planted’ and ‘deployed’ as a pavilion;
After the Games the flower shaped forms to be returned to the participating nations.

Last spring, the Guardian reported Atopia said it presented “identical” cauldron ideas to London organizers in 2007 and never heard back.

“This has come completely out of the blue,” a spokesperson for the studio of the London organizers’ cauldron designer told the newspaper last year. “We have never seen this project before, nor were we made aware of it by LOCOG. The creative ideas for the cauldron were very much born from a conversation between Danny Boyle and Thomas Heatherwick.”

The Guardian followed up Wednesday, reporting an out-of-court financial settlement between London organizers and Atopia.

“We are very relieved that LOCOG has decided to settle with us and publicly acknowledge the work we produced,” an Atopia official told the newspaper. “We knew it would be time-consuming and painful, but we felt it was important to go through the process – and we’re pleased that our tag-line ‘anticipate the future’ has been borne out.”

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Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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