Rio 2016

Victory for American athletes as IOC agree to relax Rule 40 for Rio 2016

 By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Rule 40, which caused so much controversy at London 2012, is set to be relaxed for Rio 2016 ©IOCA change to the controversial Rule 40, which prevents athletes from promoting non-Olympic sponsors during the period of the Games, is set to be relaxed, it was revealed here today.

Exclusive: Nine of top 15 brands associated with Rio 2016 not Olympic sponsors, says report

By Emily Goddard

Coca-Cola tops the brands associated with Rio 2016, according to Global Language Monitor ©Getty ImagesNine of the top 15 brands associated with Rio 2016 are non-Olympic partners, according to the new findings of an on-going study that examines marketing around the Games.

Details of second Rio 2016 sailing test event released as investigation into dead fish launched

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Thousands of dead fish have been washed up in Guanabara Bay, venue for sailing during Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesThe International Sailing Federation have published details of The Aquece Rio, the second test event being staged by the sport here before next year's Olympics, as Brazilian authorities launched an investigation after thousands of dead fish washed up on the shores of the venue in Guanabara Bay.

Rio 2016 back on track says IOC inspectors but warn of "aggressive timelines"

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Preparations for Rio 2016 appear to be back on track but there is still no time to ease off, they have been warned ©Getty ImagesRio 2016 have been praised for getting its preparations for the Olympics and Paralympics back on track but been warned they cannot let the pace slacken. 

There are no fears over Rio 2016 safety, claims Bach despite spate of police killings

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

IOC President Thomas Bach has held talks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff about Rio 2016 ©IOCThere are no fears that safety will overshadow next year's Olympic Games here, despite a recent upsurge in violence which saw four policeman killed last weekend, Thomas Bach has promised.

FIFA and Rio 2016 at odds over use of Manaus for Olympic football matches

By David Owen

The Amazonian city of Manaus hosted four matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup ©Getty ImagesFIFA and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Organising Committee are at odds over whether the Amazonian city of Manaus would make a suitable venue for next year's Olympic football tournament.

Teams facing long journey at Rio 2016 after Manaus added to potential football venues

By Michael Pavitt

Manaus has been added to the list of potential Rio 2016 venues ©AFP/Getty ImagesAmazonian city Manaus has been added to the list of venues that could stage football matches during next year's Olympics, Rio 2016 announced today. 

Pop artist Romero Britto appointed Rio 2016 Olympic Games ambassador

By Emily Goddard

Romero Britto, wears the seal of the Rio Olympics and flag of his native Brazil as global ambassador the Rio 2016 Games ©Romero BrittoBrazilian-born pop art icon Romero Britto has been appointed as a global ambassador for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Bolt looks forward to sport's rising stars competing at Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics

By Liam Morgan

Usain Bolt will bid to etch his name further into the history books by defending his Olympic titles in Rio next year ©Getty ImagesSix-time Olympic sprinting champion Usain Bolt has said he is looking forward to seeing some of sport's rising stars compete at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio next year.
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