Rio 2016

IOC reviewing ticketing process for Rio 2016 after FIFA World Cup scandal

By Nick Butler in Lausanne

The IOC are holding a review into their ticketing process for Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesA review of the ticketing process for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been launched to try to ensure there is no repeat of the scandal seen at the FIFA World Cup, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has revealed.

Support for Rio 2016 will not be damaged by Brazil World Cup humiliation, claims Bach

By Nick Butler at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne

IOC President Thomas Bach believes Brazil's defeat in the FIFA World Cup will not harm popular opinion ahead of Rio 2016 ©AFP/Getty ImagesBrazil's sensational 7-1 defeat to Germany in the FIFA World Cup semi-final will not lead to people there renewing their violent protests against major events, including Rio 2016, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach claimed here today. 

Construction work begins at Deodoro Olympic Park ahead of Rio 2016 - at last

By Nick Butler

Trucks and diggers arriving to start long-awaited construction work on the Deodoro Cluster ©Rio 2016/Patricia da MattAt long last, Rio de Janeiro's City Government have announced that construction work at the Deodoro Olympic Park has begun, two years after it was initially due to and little more than two years until the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. 

Sailing, swimming and taekwondo among sports to receive Australian Institute of Sport funding boost

By Emily Goddard

Sailing is the biggest winner in the new funding allocation for Australian sports ©Getty ImagesThe Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has revealed the allocation of its 2014-2015 AUD$120 million (£67 million/$113 million/€83 million) investment with sailing, swimming and taekwondo among the disciplines to receive a boost ahead of the Rio 2016 Games.

Olympic Committee of Portugal appoints ATP Event Experts as official travel agent for Rio 2016

By Gary Anderson

ATP Event Experts will provide spectator packages for Portuguese fans travelling to Rio 2016 ©Getty Images The Olympic Committee of Portugal (COP) today announced it has appointed ATP Event Experts and its Portuguese partner organisation Agencia Abreu as the official travel agency and ticket re-seller for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

First tracks laid on new metro line ahead of Rio 2016

By Paul Osborne

Tracks have been laid in the Barra-São Conrado tunnel as construction of Rio's Line 4 continues ©Rio State Government/Marcelo HornMajor construction work on Line 4 of Rio's metro service reached an important milestone this week with the installation of 400 metres of track in the first completed tunnel.

Rio Mayor admits water pollution targets in Guanabara Bay will not be met in time for Olympics

By Nick Butler

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes has admitted that overall targets regarding the reduction of water pollution in Guanabara Bay will not be met ©Getty ImagesRio de Janeiro will not keep its bid promise of cleaning polluted Guanabara Bay in time for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, the city's Mayor Eduardo Paes has admitted.

Nielsen named official market research supplier for Rio 2016

By Paul Osborne

Nielsen has been named the official market research supplier for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Rio 2016Global information and measurement company Nielsen was today named the official market research supplier for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

New Bus Rapid Transit link opens in Rio de Janeiro for 2016 Olympics and Paralympics

By Paul Osborne

The Transcarioca has officially opened operations in Rio de Janiero ©Getty ImagesRio de Janeiro's newest Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) link, Transcarioca, has opened in the city as the country continues its preparations for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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