Summer Olympics

Rio 2016 set to open volunteer programme on August 28

By Duncan Mackay

Rio 2016 will offer many volunteers the one-in-a-lifetime chance to work at the Olympics and Paralympics ©Getty ImagesRio 2016 is due to open applications for its volunteer programme on August 28, the start of a process during which they will be looking for 70,000 people prepared to give up their free time to help them successfully deliver the first Olympics and Paralympics to be held in South America.

Late bid to get Zaha Hadid-designed Tokyo 2020 National Stadium plans scrapped fail

By Duncan Mackay

A late proposal by Japanese architects to renovate the old National Stadium in Tokyo has been deemed unrealistic by the Sports Ministry ©AFP/Getty ImagesA last ditch attempt by a group of Japanese architects to get the Government to sanction a renovation of the National Stadium, rather than build a new one in time for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, appears to have failed. 

Istanbul set to bid again for 2024 Olympics but final decision will be taken at end of year

By Nick Butler at the Han Yue Lou Hotel in Nanjing

Ugur Erdener is confident about the prospects of an Istanbul 2024 bid being launched ©ITGTurkish Olympic Committee President Uğur Erdener has provided the strongest indication yet that Istanbul hopes to bid again for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024, with a final decision likely to be made in November or December.

ISAF pleased with Rio 2016 sailing venue improvement but remain concerned about dead animals and debris in water

By Nick Butler 

Praise but more work to do, is the verdict of the ISAF after the first Rio 2016 test event ©Getty ImagesInternational Sailing Federation (ISAF) head of competitions Alastair Fox has praised the improvements made with pollution levels at the Rio 2016 sailing venue on Guanabara Bay, but remains concerned about objects in the water that could affect racing.

Dead dogs, cars and a "nasty stench" but first Rio 2016 test event considered success

By Nick Butler

Giles Scott celebrates his dominant victory in the finn class during the Test Event in Rio ©ISAFPollution levels and sewage in Guanabara Bay have predictably been criticised by some of the world's leading Olympic sailors during the first test event of Rio 2016 but have not totally overshadowed the competition. 

Tokyo 2020 use relay to re-inspire region devastated by 2011 earthquake and tsunami

By Nick Butler

The 800 participants in the relay arriving at the finish line in Tokyo ©Tokyo 2020/Shugo TakemiTokyo 2020's commitment to using the power and the values of sport to re-inspire disaster-affected areas has been showcased by the completion of a 1,000 kilometre relay through a region affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Rio 2016 progress praised by Probst following two years to go anniversary

By Nick Butler

Presentations have taken place today to emphasise the progress being made by Rio 2016 ©Rio 2016Larry Probst, chairman of the United States Olympic Committee, has praised the progress being made by Rio 2016 following celebrations to mark two years to go until the Olympics and Paralympics begin.

Tokyo 2020 reviewing "several options" for alternate sailing venue

By Zjan Shirinian

Original plans were for the Wakasu Olympic Marina to host sailing events during the Tokyo 2020 Games ©Getty ImagesThe sailing venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics could be moved as part of a widening review into original plans for the Games.

"Diversity of Brazilian people" inspires "look" of Rio 2016 Games

By Zjan Shirinian

Rio's landscapes helped form the design for the look of the Rio 2016 Games ©Rio 2016The "harmonious diversity of the Brazilian people" is the inspiration behind the multi-coloured look of the Rio 2016 Games, unveiled to mark two years to go until the Opening Ceremony.
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