Olympics

Brazil slips into recession with less than two years to go before Rio 2016

By David Owen

Brazil has slipped into recession less than two years before the start of Rio 2016 ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe Brazilian economy has slipped into recession less than two years before the cauldron is lit for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Beijing flexes muscles in 2022 Olympic race by unveiling eight major sponsors

By Nick Butler

Eight sponsors have been signed to support Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Beijing 2022Beijing Bank, Beijing Automotive Group and internet giants Tencent Group are among eight sponsors to have been signed by Beijing as the Chinese capital city's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics gathers pace.

Public support for Oslo 2022 bid continues to dwindle, reveal polls

By Emily Goddard

Public support for the Oslo 2022 Winter Games bid has slipped to a new low ©Oslo 2022Support for the Oslo 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic bid has hit an all time low, according to two new independent public opinion polls.

Nanjing 2014 closes with plea to take a photo of person next to you in "token of friendship"

By Nick Butler in the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre

Nanjing 2014 was declared closed with an appeal to take photos in the "spirit of friendship" ©Getty ImagesInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach closed the second Summer Youth Olympic Games here this evening with a plea for everyone to "not take a selfie, but greet and thank the person next to you and take their picture".

France appoints yet another new Sports Minister as Paris continues to mull 2024 Olympic bid

By David Owen

Patrick Kanner is the sixth French sports Minister in less than four years ©AFP/Getty ImagesFrance has appointed another new Sports Minister - the sixth in less than four years.

We will "do our best" to repeat innovation of Nanjing 2014 at future Olympics, says Bach

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

Thomas Bach, speaking alongside Nanjing 2014 executive-president Yang Weize, was full of praise for these Youth Olympics ©ITGInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has vowed to "do his best" to allow exhibition events and initiation programmes to be showcased at future Olympic Games, although he admits this will require much "study and consultation".

Rio 2016 opens application process for Games volunteers

By Zjan Shirinian

Applications to volunteer at Rio 2016 are now being invited ©Rio 2016The application process to find 70,000 volunteers for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games has opened.

Azerbaijan earn triple gold before Peru win final event of Nanjing 2014

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

Peru celebrate after winning the boys football title for the final gold medal of the Games ©TwitterPeru won the final gold medal of the Summer Youth Olympic Games here this evening with a 2-1 victory over South Korea in the boys' football competition, while Azerbaijan and Russia were other countries to enjoy strong final days.
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