Rio 2016 brand director Lula hails success of Games mascots launch

By Mike Rowbottom

The newly unveiled mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympics (left) and Paralympics ©Getty ImagesBeth Lula, brand director at Rio 2016, has hailed the launch of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots a huge success, commenting: "We are very proud of our mascots and very happy that they were welcomed by the public and media in Brazil."

Rio 2016 mascots, inspired by animals and plants of Brazil, launched

By Duncan Mackay

The mascots for Rio 2016 have been inspired by the animals and plants of Brazil ©Rio 2016A bright yellow and cat-like, with a green leaf-haired brother, the mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics have been launched in Rio de Janeiro today. 

Rio 2016 mascot launch set for next week - as Athens, Beijing and London counterparts visit

By Daniel Etchells

Athens 2004's Athená and Beijing 2008's Fu Niu Lele visited the Vista Chinesa ©Rio 2016 The launch of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic mascots will be revealed on Monday (November 24) following the visit of their predecessors to Rio de Janeiro., it has been announced.

Snow sports enjoying boom in Britain since Sochi 2014

By Paul Osborne at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead

Aimee Fuller and Jamie Nicholls joined snowboarding hopefuls at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead today ©ITGWinter Olympic stars Aimee Fuller and Jamie Nicholls were joined by snowboarding hopefuls here today as the Go Ski Go Board ambassadors gave a taster session into a sport that has been rocking since Sochi 2014.

United States Olympic Committee praises "stunning progress" in Rio 2016 preparations

By Paul Osborne

The United States Olympic Committee has praised the progress being made in preparations for Rio 2016 ©Rio 2016The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has sung praise for the progress being made ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games following the organisation's biggest site visit yet.

IOC vice-president warns Doha must adhere to Olympic Charter if they are to be awarded Games

By Daniel Etchells

Sir Craig Reedie was speaking at the IRB World Rugby ConfEx ©Getty ImagesInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Sir Craig Reedie has warned that Qatar must adhere to the Olympic Charter on things like labour rights if they are ever to be awarded the Games. 

Tokyo urged to put sustainability over legacy and move 2020 Olympic venues

By Nick Butler

John Coates has urged Tokyo 2020 to consider holder events further afield in order to save costs ©Tokyo 2020/Shugo TakemiTokyo 2020 organisers have been urged to take advantage of Olympic Agenda 2020 proposals and move Olympic and Paralympics events outside the host city in order to save costs.

First female British IOC member and three-time Olympian Dame Mary dies aged 96

By Nick Butler

Dame Mary Glen-Haig has passed away at the age of 96 ©FacebookInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has led tributes following the death of Great Britain's IOC honorary member Dame Mary Alison Glen-Haig at the age of 96.

Pyeongchang 2018 Coordination Commission meeting cancelled

By Paul Osborne

Next week's Pyeonchang 2018 Coordination Commission has been cancelled ©Getty ImagesThe fourth Coordination Commission for the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang has been cancelled, it was revealed today. 
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