Summer Olympics

Exclusive: Success of World Cup leaves us "more relaxed" about Rio 2016 but "not satisfied" - Sheikh Ahmad

By David Owen

The great success of the FIFA World Cup has helped reassure the IOC over Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesThe success of the recent FIFA World Cup has left the Olympic Movement "more relaxed" about prospects for its own flagship event, which Brazil is also hosting, according to one of its most influential leaders.

Brazilians urged to forget World Cup disaster and look forward to Rio 2016

By Gary Anderson

A number of Brazilian athletes are being featured in a new Nike advert urging Brazilians to forget the World Cup and look forward to Rio 2016 ©Getty Images Brazilians are being urged to forget about the traumas of their side's 7-1 humiliation at the hands of eventual winners Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and dream about the successes ahead for home athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympics Games in a new advert by Nike.

Former Czech world champion canoeists helping design Rio 2016 white water slalom course

By Gary Anderson

Designers at the Czech Technical University in Prague are working on the white water canoe slalom course for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ©Czech Olympic CommitteeFather and son Jaroslav Pollert and Jaroslav Pollert Jr are helping designers at the Czech Technical University laboratory in Prague design the white water slalom canoe course that will be used at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Tokyo 2020 sports director Murofushi inspiring youngsters to contribute ideas to Olympic vision

By Nick Butler

Former Olympic hammer champion Koji Murofushi featured in the Creating Tomorrow Together project today at local schools ©Tokyo 2020/Shugo TakemiKoji Murofushi, the Athens 2004 Olympic hammer champion who was appointed Tokyo 2020 sports director last month, was on hand today as the Organising Committee collated ideas from Japan's young generation as part of its "Creating Tomorrow Together" project.

Rio 2016 "top priority" after World Cup, pledges Brazilian President

By Zjan Shirinian

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has pledged Rio 2016 will be the focus once the World Cup is over ©AFP/Getty ImagesBrazil's President says the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be a top priority from Monday (July 14) once the football circus has left the country.

IOC reviewing ticketing process for Rio 2016 after FIFA World Cup scandal

By Nick Butler in Lausanne

The IOC are holding a review into their ticketing process for Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesA review of the ticketing process for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been launched to try to ensure there is no repeat of the scandal seen at the FIFA World Cup, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has revealed.

Support for Rio 2016 will not be damaged by Brazil World Cup humiliation, claims Bach

By Nick Butler at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne

IOC President Thomas Bach believes Brazil's defeat in the FIFA World Cup will not harm popular opinion ahead of Rio 2016 ©AFP/Getty ImagesBrazil's sensational 7-1 defeat to Germany in the FIFA World Cup semi-final will not lead to people there renewing their violent protests against major events, including Rio 2016, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach claimed here today. 

Protests held as opposition builds against new National Stadium in Tokyo

By Nick Butler

Protesters were campaigning against plans to build a new National Stadium in place of the existing one ©Tokyo 2020Resistance against the new National Stadium in Tokyo, the proposed centrepiece of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, has stepped up a notch today after around 500 protesters demonstrated in the Japanese capital.

Construction work begins at Deodoro Olympic Park ahead of Rio 2016 - at last

By Nick Butler

Trucks and diggers arriving to start long-awaited construction work on the Deodoro Cluster ©Rio 2016/Patricia da MattAt long last, Rio de Janeiro's City Government have announced that construction work at the Deodoro Olympic Park has begun, two years after it was initially due to and little more than two years until the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. 
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