Rio 2016

US to top medals table at Rio 2016 ahead of China and Russia, projection claims

By Nick Butler

A new projection has been released predicting a possible Olympic medals table at Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesUnited States will finish ahead of China once again on the Rio 2016 Olympic medals table, with Russia in third followed by France, Germany and Great Britain, according to a projection by Italian expert Luciano Barra.

Major tennis events will be held in Rio 2016 venue long after Olympics, it is hoped

By Daniel Etchells

Juan Margets, executive vice-president of the International Tennis Federation, visited Rio last week to see the construction progress and meet the organisers of the 2016 Games ©Getty ImagesMajor international tournaments will be held at the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Centre long after the Games, International Tennis Federation (ITF) executive vice-president Juan Margets has claimed.

Israeli company appointed to major Rio 2016 security role

By Nick Butler

ISDS have been appointed to a security role with Rio 2016 ©ISDSInternational Security and Defence Systems (ISDS) have been appointed IT Systems and Security Integrator at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it has been revealed.

New international research collaboration will assess impact of Rio 2016

By Daniel Etchells

The University of Bath and international partners in São Paulo will explore the impact of Rio 2016 on society, politics and the economy ©Getty ImagesThe impact of Rio 2016 on society, politics and the economy will be explored by the University of Bath and international partners in São Paulo, following the announcement of a new research collaboration.

Construction work on Rio 2016 Olympic Park progressing well, officials claim

By Daniel Etchells

The structures of Carioca Arenas one, two and three are now visible ©EOM/Renato Sette CamaraConstruction work on the Barra Olympic Park, the heart of Rio 2016, is continuing to progress with the three Carioca Arenas showing the most development.

Rio 2016 to reveal mascot that will "live in hearts of the fans" next month

By Daniel Etchells

The identity of the mascot for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is set to be revealed next month ©Rio 2016Rio 2016 is set to unveil its mascot next month, it has been revealed, the most important moment so far of a merchandise programme that is aiming to raise BRL1 billion (£263 million/$420 million/€329 million).

Rio 2016 Education Programme has benefited 100,000 young Brazilians, it is claimed

By Nick Butler

More than 100,000 young people have benefited from the Education Programme, it is claimed ©Rio 2016More than 100,000 young people across 168 schools in and around Rio de Janeiro have benefited from the Rio 2016 Education Programme, it has been claimed, with sports participation and the "Olympic and Paralympic values" two key areas of focus.

Rio 2016 language training company appoints marketing firm

By Zjan Shirinian

Havas Sports  Entertainment has been appointed by Education First to handle ithe marketing and communications around its involvement with Rio 2016 ©Havas Sports & Entertainment An international education company which will help teach more than one million Brazilians a second language ahead of Rio 2016 has named the organisation that will handle the marketing and communications around its Olympic work.

Rio 2016 volunteer registrations pass 100,000 mark with Russia leading foreign applications

By Daniel Etchells

Henrique Gonzalez, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee's human resources director, is encouraged by the response to the volunteer programme ©Getty ImagesMore than 100,000 people from 180 countries have applied for Rio 2016's volunteer programme, designed to select 70,000 people to participate in South America's first-ever Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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