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  • Spying in Salt Lake; Hickey Joins Judo HOF


    The rings were under the watchful eye of the NSA in 2002. (Getty Images)
    Spying in Salt Lake City

    According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the United States National Security Agency spied on telecommunications in Salt Lake City six months prior to the Olympics.

    In a deal with Qwest Communications, the NSA compiled text and email communications in Salt Lake City before and during the Olympics.

    Emails and text messages were stored and monitored to prevent a terrorist attack in the United States following the events of September 11, 2001.

    Salt Lake City Organizing Committee CEO Fraser Bullock told Around the Rings in an email he was unaware of the operation, but “the security agencies did a great job of keeping all of us safe.”

    Hickey Set for Judo Honor

    European Olympic Committees president Pat Hickey will be inducted in the Judo Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

    Hickey, a judo black belt who represented Ireland internationally and is Honorary Life President of the Irish Judo Association, will take in some of the world championships in Rio before he is honored for his services to the sport.

    The Irish IOC member will then join up with the IOC Coordination Commission for Rio 2016 to take part in the fifth check-up on Olympic preparations. The inspection visit runs from Sept. 1-2
    American swimmer Missy Franklin is among the athletes profiles in "FIRST."(Getty Images)

    London Film Honored

    A film chronicling last year’s Summer Olympics has been honored by the Moondance International Film Festival.

    The festival named “FIRST: The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games” as one of the winners in the feature documentary film category. 

    The American festival is held annually in Mystic, Connecticut. According to its website, it honors “filmmakers, writers, and composers who actively increase awareness, provide multiple viewpoints, and address complex social issues.”

    Judo Prepares for Congress

    The International Judo Federation Executive Committee met in preparation for their annual congress.

    The meeting was held in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the Judo World Championship.

    The agenda for the meeting included, finalizing information to be presented at the congress and new appointments.

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