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  • Rio mayor delivers last Olympic Park installation

    RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro’s mayor handed a still not entirely finished cycling arena to the organisers on Sunday, inaugurating the last major installation in the Olympic Park just over a month before the summer games begin...

    Rio de Janeiro will host South America’s first ever Olympics in the middle of a state financial crisis, a health scare over the Zika virus, an investigation of corruption on Olympic contracts and impeachment...

  • Chinese athletes to dominate at Rio Olympics: study

    SYDNEY: China is on track to return to the top of the medals table at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next year ahead of the United States and Russia, according to a benchmark study released by the Australian Olympic Committee on Wednesday...

    Rio hosts Brazil, meanwhile, would have finished outside the top 20 on the medals table with just three golds...

  • Nadal, Ferrer, Thiem advance at Rio Open

    RIO DE JANEIRO: After an hour-long delay for rain, Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round at the Rio Open with 6-1, 6-4 win over fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno on Tuesday...

    Despite being asked about it repeatedly, he’s staying away from talking about the Rio’s Olympics that open in six months...

  • ‘Golfers skipping Rio Games because no money involved’

    RIO DE JANEIRO: The head of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics says the world’s top four male golfers have withdrawn from the games because there is no money to be won — not because of the Zika virus...

    “They tried to blame Zika, but the media have shown that they are not coming because there’s no prize money,” Rio organizing committee President Carlos Nuzman said on Saturday, speaking with the Games set to open in just under three weeks... ...

  • Brazil Olympic committee chief arrested on Rio 2016 corruption charges

    RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian police arrested on Thursday the head of the national Olympics committee, who is accused of conspiring to bribe members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to pick Rio de Janeiro as host of the 2016 Games...

    Brazilian investigators say Carlos Arthur Nuzman helped arrange a bribe to get the Games for Rio de Janeiro, where he was arrested early on Thursday...

  • Fredericks charged in French probe over Rio Olympics corruption

    PARIS: Former world sprint champion Frankie Fredericks was charged on Friday by French authorities for passive corruption and money laundering relating to a graft probe into the awarding of last year’s Olympics to Rio, a judicial source said...

    International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Fredericks, who denies any “involvement in untoward conduct”, is being investigated over a $299,300 (262,000 euros) payment he received from Papa...

  • Rio Games ticket sales extended

    RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio Olympics organisers said they are extending the current round of ticket sales beyond Friday’s original deadline to next Thursday as Brazil residents flock to make purchases...

  • Olympic rings light up Rio park

    RIO DE JANEIRO: This is a sure sign the 2016 Olympics are getting close...

    Officials of next year’s games in Rio de Janeiro stood by Wednesday evening as fireworks exploded above a huge version of the symbolic five Olympic rings...

  • Rio drops water polo venue

    RIO DE JANEIRO: The venue scheduled to host water polo at next year’s Rio Olympics will be dropped from the Games, after months of construction delays and a funding shortfall, officials said on Wednesday...

    The water polo events could be relocated either to the Olympic park where diving and swimming events are taking place, or to the Deodoro venue in northern Rio de Janeiro, Espindola said...

  • Fiscal discipline helps poor, IMF head tells Rio slum

    RIO DE JANEIRO: The head of the IMF encouraged Brazil on Thursday to pursue fiscal discipline, saying it was needed to protect social programmes benefitting the poorest members of society...

    Christine Lagarde made the link during a visit to Complexo do Alemao, one of Rio’s largest and most dangerous slums, and a visible example of the challenges facing Brazil as it struggles with low growth and high inflation...

  • 3,600 Brazilian troops storm Rio slums to catch gang leaders

    RIO DE JANEIRO: Thousands of Brazilian army troops raided Rio de Janeiro slums in a pre-dawn crackdown on crime gangs on Saturday, leaving parts of the city looking like a war zone on the first anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games...

    Five areas were targeted by police and 3,600 troops in a swoop starting at 4am, the Rio state security service said in a statement...

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