LONDON (GBR): The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will se up a “rapid response unit” ahead of next year’s Olympics and Paralympics to “rebut or challenge negative stories appearing in the world media” writes Insidethegames. The Olympics can boost a country’s profile, as was the case with Sydney when it hosted the 2000 Olympics, but there is a greater risk of a disastrous Games damaging a country’s reputation concluded a report from the FCO.
SAN DIEGO (USA): Following her victory at the USA national cross country championships Shalane Flanagan announced she will be racing a lot more in 2011 compared to the 2010 season in which she was preparing The New York City marathon. Flanagan said to be frustrated to have missed the 2010 European track season and plans to run everything from the 1500m tot the 10,000m in 2011. Flanagan particularly wants to get the American 5000m record back that was set last year by Molly Huddle (14:44.76) reports Signon San Diego.
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