Rio 2016

Rio 2016 convene task force to tackle new "super-bacteria" threat at sailing venue

By Nick Butler

A new "super bacteria" has reportedly been found in waters where Olympic competitions will take place at Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesPollution concerns at the Rio 2016 sailing venue in Guanabara Bay have been revived following the discovery of a drug-resistant "super-bacteria" capable of causing a number of different infections.

Brazilian public names Rio 2016 mascots Vinicius and Tom

By Nick Butler

Rio 2016 mascots Vinicius and Tom ©Rio 2016Rio 2016's Olympic and Paralympic mascots will be named Vinicius and Tom, it has been announced.

Olympic sailors mugged at knifepoint in Rio de Janeiro

By Paul Osborne

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have been mugged at knifepoint in Rio ©Getty ImagesOlympic silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have been mugged at knife point in Rio de Janeiro during a training camp ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Road race and time trial courses revealed for Rio 2016

By Paul Osborne

Road Cycling Road Race course confirmed for Rio 2016 ©UCIThe courses for the road race and time trials at the next Olympic Games have been confirmed by the International Cycling Union (UCI) and Rio 2016 Organising Committee.

Criticism over Rio 2016 timetable not raised at IOC Executive Board meeting

By Nick Butler at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo

IOC President Thomas Bach and Rio 2016 chief Carlos Nuzman pose with the Rio 2016 mascot following the Executive Board meeting today ©IOC/Ian JonesThe planned schedule for events at Rio 2016 is set to remain unchanged, it has been revealed, despite criticism over the late timing for finals in some sports.

NGOs voice opinions on Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic preparations

By Paul Osborne

Non-Governmental Organisations took part in the second Rio 2016 Dialogue Workshop last week ©Rio 2016Representatives from over 30 Non-Governmental Organisations were in Brazil this week to participate in the second Rio 2016 Dialogue Workshop, staged in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Brazilian judge rejects request to halt Rio 2016 Olympic golf course construction

By Daniel Etchells

The construction of the Rio 2016 golf course will continue despite the concerns of environmentalists ©Getty ImagesEnvironmentalists' attempts to halt the development of the Rio 2016 golf course have been rejected by a judge from the Olympic host nation.

Rio 2016 brand director Lula hails success of Games mascots launch

By Mike Rowbottom

The newly unveiled mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympics (left) and Paralympics ©Getty ImagesBeth Lula, brand director at Rio 2016, has hailed the launch of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots a huge success, commenting: "We are very proud of our mascots and very happy that they were welcomed by the public and media in Brazil."

Rio 2016 mascots, inspired by animals and plants of Brazil, launched

By Duncan Mackay

The mascots for Rio 2016 have been inspired by the animals and plants of Brazil ©Rio 2016A bright yellow and cat-like, with a green leaf-haired brother, the mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics have been launched in Rio de Janeiro today. 
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