Summer Olympics

Exclusive: Rio 2016 test event will be "difficult" due to polluted waters, admits ISAF official

By Nick Butler

Polluted waters including Guanabara Bay remain a major concern for multiple sports ahead of Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesApril 23 - Holding a Rio 2016 test event on the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay in barely three months' time will be "difficult", an official from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has admitted. 

Rome speed up plans for 2024 Olympic bid but still lack Government support

By Nick Butler

CONI remain hopeful of a Rome bid for 2024 but are yet to secure Government endorsement ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 22 - Rome's preparations to bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics have taken the next step with plans to install both a Bid Committee and an operating budget, although the Italian Government are still yet to endorse the campaign.

Tokyo 2020 will give Japan "momentum" to recover from earthquake, promises Prime Minister

By Duncan Mackay

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at first meeting of the Cabinet to discuss preparations for Tokyo 2020 ©The Asahi Shimbun'Getty ImagesApril 22 - Tokyo 2020 will help Japan show how it has recovered from the massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised today.

It's going to be difficult to replicate London 2012 anti-doping operation in Rio, warns WADA President

By Emily Goddard

Sir Craig Reedie has raised concerns over the progress of Rio 2016's anti-doping lab but claims there is still time ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 20 - Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has warned it is going to be difficult to ensure the drug testing operation at Rio 2016 is as efficient as that of London 2012 because of the delays in the construction schedule.

Rio 2016 construction work resumes with end of two-week strike

By Emily Goddard

A two-week strike by construction workers has come to an end at the site of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park ©Getty ImagesApril 17 - Construction on the Rio 2016 Olympic Park has resumed after workers today ended their two-week strike over wages and benefits.

Caborn highlights Sheffield’s Olympic legacy planning

By David Owen

Richard Caborn wants to push Olympic legacy back up the political agenda ©Getty ImagesApril 17 - Former UK Sports Minister Richard Caborn is using the imminent start of building work at the Don Valley Stadium site in Sheffieldo try to push Olympic legacy back up the domestic political agenda.

Tokyo 2020 announce Dentsu as marketing agency

By Zjan Shirinian

Tokyo 2020 has set its revenue target for domestic marketing programmes ©Getty Images April 17 - Tokyo 2020 has appointed Dentsu Inc. as its marketing agency, with organisers revealing they hope to make 150 billion Japanese yen (£870 million/$1.46 billion/€1 billion) from domestic marketing programmes.

Brazilian officials unveil long-awaited infrastructure budget in bid to allay Rio 2016 fears

By Nick Butler

The long-awaited infrastructure budget for Rio 2016 has been announced today ©Getty ImagesApril 16 - Brazilian Government officials have unveiled an infrastructure budget totalling 24.1 billion real ($10.8 billion/£6.4 billion/€7.8 billion) for Rio 2016 as they aim to provide reassurances of their commitment in the wake of huge criticism over behind-schedule preparations.

Construction workers vote to continue strikes in yet another blow for Rio 2016

By Nick Butler

The extension of strikes will delay already behind schedule construction plans ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 15 - Problems engulfing Rio 2016 are showing no signs of easing after workers at the main Olympic Park in Barra voted to continue strikes which are delaying a construction timetable already well behind schedule.
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