US to top medals table at Rio 2016 ahead of China and Russia, projection claims

By Nick Butler

A new projection has been released predicting a possible Olympic medals table at Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesUnited States will finish ahead of China once again on the Rio 2016 Olympic medals table, with Russia in third followed by France, Germany and Great Britain, according to a projection by Italian expert Luciano Barra.

Tokyo 2020 chief "worried" by National Olympic Stadium demolition delays

By Daniel Etchells

Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organising Committee, is worried about the delays in the demolition of the old National Olympic Stadium ©Getty ImagesDemolishing the old National Olympic Stadium could have a negative impact on the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Tokyo 2020, Japan's former Prime Minister Yoshirō Mori, who is closely involved in both events, has warned. 

Major tennis events will be held in Rio 2016 venue long after Olympics, it is hoped

By Daniel Etchells

Juan Margets, executive vice-president of the International Tennis Federation, visited Rio last week to see the construction progress and meet the organisers of the 2016 Games ©Getty ImagesMajor international tournaments will be held at the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Centre long after the Games, International Tennis Federation (ITF) executive vice-president Juan Margets has claimed.

IOC praised by Human Rights Watch for "gold medal" winning Host City Contract changes

By Nick Butler in Lausanne

Human Rights Watch have praised the IOC for Host City Contract changes ©HRWHuman Rights Watch has claimed other organisations should follow the lead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in ensuring non-discrimination and ethical standards in Host City contracts.

Problems with roof forces £36 million London 2012 Olympic Stadium conversion cost hike

By Daniel Etchells

The cost of converting the Olympic Stadium now stands at £189.9 million ($304.3 million/€240.6 million) ©West HamA further £35.9 million ($57.5 million/€45.5 million) will be paid by the London Legacy Development Corporation towards the cost of converting the Olympic Stadium, it has been revealed.

Israeli company appointed to major Rio 2016 security role

By Nick Butler

ISDS have been appointed to a security role with Rio 2016 ©ISDSInternational Security and Defence Systems (ISDS) have been appointed IT Systems and Security Integrator at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it has been revealed.

Kosovo set to appear at Baku 2015 after Olympic recognition

By Duncan Mackay in Lausanne

Kosovo flagKosovo are set to make their debut in a major international event at the European Games in Baku next year following their historic recognition by the International Olympic Committee.

Ban on Olympic visits remains but sweeping changes ahead

By Nick Butler in Montreux

Thomas Bach announced that 40 recommendations will be made as part of Olympic Agenda 2020 ©AFP/Getty ImagesInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has revealed 40 recommendations will be made as part of Olympic Agenda 2020, although changing current rules banning member visits to bidding cities is not one of them. 

USOC top brass again draw attention to Olympic host selection process

By David Owen

USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun has suggested there should be a change in how the Olympics chooses host cities ©Getty ImagesA senior member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has again drawn attention to the way Olympic Host Cities are chosen, just three months before the country is expected to decide whether to launch a bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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