Summer Olympics

IOC vice-president "ill-informed and wrong" when criticising Rio 2016, claims leading official

By Nick Butler

Rio 2016 have insisted that much progress is now being made after a lot of unjust criticism ©Getty ImagesInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates was "ill-informed and wrong" when criticising preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games earlier this year, according to a leading official within the Organising Committee.

London 2012 settles out-of-court in Olympic Cauldron design row

By Emily Goddard

London 2012 has settled out-of-court in the design row surrounding the Olympic Cauldron ©Getty ImagesLondon 2012 has agreed an out-of-court settlement with a United States-based consultancy Atopia after a row erupted over the origins of the design of the Olympic Cauldron.

Rio 2016 inviting sailors to test pollution levels as Guanabara Bay course criticised again

By Nick Butler

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have become the latest to slam the Guanabara Bay course ©AFP/Getty ImagesRio 2016 are inviting sailors competing in next week's test event to personally test pollution levels in the much criticised waters of Guanabara Bay in the "interests of transparency", it has been revealed. 

We need to get Rio 2016 right to guarantee rugby sevens Olympic future, warns IRB chief

By Gary Anderson at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper says rugby sevens needs to get it right at Rio 2016 to remain on Olympic programme ©Getty Images Rugby sevens needs to ensure it captures the public's imagination and "gets it right" at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in order to secure its future beyond 2020, it was claimed here today. 

USOC edging "closer to decision" as four cities in 2024 Olympic race meet for briefing

By Zjan Shirinian

Clockwise (from top left) Boston, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles ©Getty ImagesThe four United States cities battling to be their country's candidate for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games have come together for a briefing as chiefs say they are edging "closer to a decision".

London Mayor announces £1 million investment in FreeSport to be supported by Coca-Cola

By Gary Anderson

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced an investment of 1million in the FreeSport programme ©Getty Images The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has today announced a
£1 million ($1.7 million/€1.3 million) investment in the provision of free sporting activities across the British capital as part of a programme launched in partnership with Coca-Cola Great Britain.

Brazil to spend $600 million in bid to win 30 medals at Rio 2016

By Nick Butler

Brazil will perform much better than at previous Games on home turf in Rio, it is hoped ©AFP/Getty ImagesBrazil is aiming to win between 27 and 30 medals on home turf during Rio 2016, according to a leading official at the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB), which would mark a huge increase on the 17 medals they secured at London 2012.

UK economy boosted by more than £14 billion since London 2012, Prime Minister to tell Glasgow 2014 conference

By Gary Anderson

Mayor of London Boris Johnson takes possession of the Olympic Flag at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony ©Getty ImagesBritish Prime Minister David Cameron will tell a business conference in Glasgow today that the UK economy has seen a cash injection of £14.2 billion ($24.3 billion/€18 billion) since London hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

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.
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