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As the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics comes closer, harassment against civil society activists has intensified.
Now that the medals have long been awarded, the plaudits made and the ceremonies completed, the final Olympic and Paralympic contest is underway, notes Simon Barrow. Who will claim political gold in the much-publicized Games ‘legacy’ race?
As the 2012 London Olympic Games winds toward its conclusion on 12 August, so-called "street pastors" have been helping a wide range of visitors.
Several large sports companies and Olympic sponsors are under continued pressure over their commercial activities as the Games draw to a climax.
Weymouth’s Bayside Festival for the Olympics has gone into liquidation. But churches from the area are helping shocked stallholders and security staff.
Churches in Britain are organizing celebrations and activities in the run-up to the Paralympic Games, but are also challenged on disability provision themselves.
A 70-day UK-wide prayer relay that mirrors the journey of the Olympic Torch through more than 1,000 communities has been launched by churches.
The Methodist Church in Britain is encouraging people to take part in the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations as the 100 day countdown begins.
Faith leaders and community groups in London are promoting One Hundred Days of Peace, to develop a "peace legacy" for the London Olympic Games in 2012.
More Than Gold, an ecumenical charity originally launched during the 1996 Atlanta Games, is recruiting and training 1,000 volunteer 'Games Pastors'.