Rio 2016

Underground containment belt to be installed at Rio 2016 sailing site to curb water pollution

By Nick Butler

New measures are being introduced to reduce pollution levels on the Marina da Gloria ahead of Rio 2016 ©Rio 2016/Alex FerroA giant underground "containment belt" will be installed close to the Marina da Glória sailing venue in the latest measure to reduce water pollution levels ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Brazil slips into recession with less than two years to go before Rio 2016

By David Owen

Brazil has slipped into recession less than two years before the start of Rio 2016 ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe Brazilian economy has slipped into recession less than two years before the cauldron is lit for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Rio 2016 opens application process for Games volunteers

By Zjan Shirinian

Applications to volunteer at Rio 2016 are now being invited ©Rio 2016The application process to find 70,000 volunteers for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games has opened.

Technogym signs exclusive deal with Rio 2016 to supply fitness equipment

By Zjan Shirinian

Technogym will supply 1,000 piece of equipment at Rio 2016 ©TechnogymTechnogym has signed an exclusive contract to supply fitness equipment for all "athletic preparation centres" at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Australian Olympic chief Coates threatens Rio 2016 ban for "associating" with doping rule-breakers

By Gary Anderson

AOC President John Coates has warned athletes about associating with individuals who have committed anti-doping violations ©Getty ImagesAustralian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates has fired a warning to all athletes aiming for a spot at Rio 2016 that any found to be associating with individuals who have been charged with anti-doping violations will not be heading to Brazil.

Up to 5,000 Britons hoping to volunteer at Rio 2016

By Brian Oliver

Up to 5,000 Britons are expected to travel to Brazil to volunteer at Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesBritain's army of big-Games volunteers, who helped to make such a roaring success of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, are gearing up for an overseas operation in Rio de Janeiro.

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.

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. 
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