AL­MOST $4M OWED TO IN­TER­NA­TIONAL PARALYMPIC GROUP

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rio de janeiro» Al­most four months af­ter the Olympics ended, Rio de Janeiro or­ga­niz­ers are un­able to pay some of their bills, in­clud­ing $3.7 mil­lion owed to the In­ter­na­tional Paralympic Com­mit­tee.

IPC spokesman Craig Spence told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Tues­day that the money is owed for travel grants, which is part of the con­trac­tual agree­ment to host the Olympics and Par­a­lympics.

“Never have we faced an is­sue like this with an or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee be­ing so late pay­ing travel grants,” Spence told The AP.

The de­fault is the lat­est for em­bat­tled Rio or­ga­niz­ers, who also have been late pay­ing hun­dreds of cred­i­tors and con­tract em­ploy­ees.

Spence said the un­paid travel ex­penses were dam­ag­ing na­tional Paralympic com­mit­tees, par­tic­u­larly those with tiny bud­gets.

“Some of our smaller na­tional Paralympic com­mit­tees, who took out loans to pay for their travel for the Games, are now in se­ri­ous dan­ger of de­fault­ing on their re­pay­ments,” Spence said.

Cash-flow prob­lems, bud­get cuts and cost over­runs dogged or­ga­niz­ers in the run-up to South Amer­ica’s first Olympics.

De­spite this, In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee of­fi­cials last week de­scribed the Rio games as “the most per­fect, im­per­fect games,” dis­count­ing empty seats, organizational set­backs, and pea-green wa­ter in a div­ing and swim­ming venue.

Bob­sled race pulled in Rus­sia.

Avoid­ing what would have al­most cer­tainly been a widely boy­cotted world cham­pi­onships, in­ter­na­tional of­fi­cials pulled this sea­son’s big­gest bob­sled and skele­ton com­pe­ti­tion out of Rus­sia af­ter a num­ber of slid­ers said they would not com­pete in a na­tion so en­veloped in a dop­ing scan­dal.

Froome to ride in Aus­tralia race

B mel­bourne, aus­tralia» Tour de France cham­pion Chris Froome will join the field in a new Aus­tralia Day cy­cling race to be held on Mel­bourne’s For­mula One cir­cuit on Jan. 26.

The three-time Tour win­ner will lead Team Sky in the race on the Al­bert Park track.

The men’s and women’s events will lead into the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Gee­long, near Mel­bourne, on the week­end of Jan. 28-29.

Ir­win bounces be­tween trades.

Just days af­ter he played for Toronto FC in the MLS Cup against Seat­tle, for­mer Rapids goal­keeper Clint Ir­win was taken by At­lanta United FC in the Ma­jor League Soc­cer ex­pan­sion draft.

By the af­ter­noon, he was traded back to Toronto.

At­lanta took two goal­keep­ers and three de­fend­ers in the ex­pan­sion draft be­fore deal­ing two of the newly ac­quired play­ers — in­clud­ing Ir­win — later in the af­ter­noon. It is not un­com­mon for ex­pan­sion teams to se­lect play­ers with the in­ten­tion of mov­ing them. Ex­pan­sion draft» 4B

Wright to re­turn in Jan­uary

B new york» Mets third base­man David Wright ex­pects to re­sume base­ball ac­tiv­i­ties next month fol­low­ing back surgery last spring.

Gen­eral man­ager Sandy Alder­son said the Mets cap­tain will re­port to the team’s Florida com­plex in Jan­uary, a month or more ahead of spring train­ing. Wright, who turns 34 on Dec. 20, had surgery June 16 to re­pair a her­ni­ated disc in his neck and is in Cal­i­for­nia.

Rangers re-sign Gomez

B arlington, texas» The Rangers have re-signed free agent out­fielder Car­los Gomez, fin­ish­ing the one-year, $11.5 mil­lion agree­ment reached dur­ing win­ter meet­ings.

The 31-year-old Gomez fig­ures to play cen­ter field for the Rangers af­ter Ian Des­mond left for Colorado on a five-year, $70 mil­lion deal. Gomez is likely to be joined by Shin-Soo Choo in right and No­mar Mazara in left.

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