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Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid may include non-LA basketball venues

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The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid could be the California 2024 Olympic bid when it comes to basketball venues, bid chairman Casey Wasserman said.

The LA 2024 Olympic bid book published in August projected basketball preliminary games to be played at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and finals to be at Staples Center, home of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

“Basketball will probably be at Staples for the finals,” Wasserman said on Bill Simmons‘ podcast published Thursday. “We’ve thought about embracing California a little more broadly for some sports, like basketball. You could do it in Anaheim. You could do it in Oakland, in Golden State [Warriors, the Bay Area NBA team] if they build a new facility, Sacramento.”

The Los Angeles 1984 Olympic men’s and women’s basketball tournaments were held wholly at the Forum, then the home of the Lakers.

The 2012 Olympic basketball tournaments were split between two London venues, one in the Olympic Park and the other the O2 Arena.

The 1996 Olympic basketball tournaments were split between the Georgia Dome and Morehouse College’s arena in Atlanta.

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David Rudisha escapes car crash ‘well and unhurt’

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David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder at 800m, is “well and unhurt” after a car accident in his native Kenya, according to his Facebook account.

Kenyan media reported that one of Rudisha’s tires burst on Saturday night, leading his car to collide with a bus, and he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

Rudisha, 30, last raced July 4, 2017, missing extended time with a quad muscle strain and back problems. His manager said last week that Rudisha will miss next month’s world championships.

Rudisha owns the three fastest times in history, including the world record 1:40.91 set in an epic 2012 Olympic final.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

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The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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