Rio 2016

Role of Brazilian Government in Rio 2016 preparations blasted during ASOIF General Assembly

By Nick Butler at the Susesi Convention Center in Belek

ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Ditti strongly criticised preperations for Rio 2016 today ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 8 - Concern with preparations for Rio 2016, long bubbling beneath the surface, came shooting to the fore today after damning criticism during the General Assembly of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).

Rio 2016 figurehead Sérgio Cabral resigns as State Governor

By Zjan Shirinian

Sérgio Cabral made his pitch to International Olympic Committee members during Rio's presentation ahead of the vote in 2009 ©Getty Images April 5 - Rio de Janeiro Govenor Sérgio Cabral, who has been an active figure in the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics since before it won the bid, has resigned.

Rio airport to undergo large-scale renovation ahead of Olympics

By Zjan Shirinian

Much of the investment at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport's Terminal 2 is with the aim of getting it in shape for Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesApril 2 - A large-scale renovation of one of the two terminals at Rio de Janeiro's main airport has been announced, in a bid to get it fully ready for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

Top official involved in Rio 2016 preparations quits as IOC fears grow

By Nick Butler

Maria Silvia Bastos Marques pictured earlier this year has become the latest senior official connected to Rio 2016 to stand down ©Getty ImagesApril 1 - Rio 2016 have been dealt a further blow in their Olympic and Paralympic preparations following the resignation of Municipal Olympic Company (EOM) President Maria Silvia Bastos Marquez today.

"Fundamentally important" Rio 2016 progress meeting delayed

By Nick Butler

The meeting will be held in the capital city of Brasilia on April 1 ©Latin Content/Getty ImagesMarch 29 - A meeting billed as "fundamentally important" to Rio 2016 has been put back five days and is now due to take place on Tuesday (April 1), insidethegames understands.

Foot in Brazil consultancy pledging to help NOCs prepare for Rio 2016

By Nick Butler on Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro

Foot in Brazil are aiming to take advantage of the attention on Brazil building up to Rio 2016 ©Foot In BrazilMarch 23 - Former senior British Olympic Association (BOA) official Tanya Harris has taken advantage of the growing global spotlight here by setting up a sport and security consultancy aiding organisations with logistical planning ahead of Rio 2016.

Meeting "fundamentally important" to Rio 2016 to be held next week

By Nick Butler at the Rio 2016 Headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.

The meeting was described as "crucial" at the end of the Coordination Commission today ©ITGMarch 21 - A "fundamentally important" meeting will be held next week between organisers of the Olympics and Paralympics and different levels of the Brazilian Government to resolve many key decisions relating to Rio 2016, it has been revealed. 

Exclusive: Anti-doping lab will be "ready before end of next year", claim Rio 2016

By Nick Butler at the Rio 2016 Headquarters in Rio de Janeiro

Rio 2016 have insisted that their anti doping laboratory will be open by the end of 2016 ©Getty ImagesMarch 20 - Rio 2016 have claimed the anti-doping laboratory at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro will be fully operational by the end of next year, following criticism it has already missed initial deadlines. 

Funding cut could harm UK Anti-Doping's Rio 2016 plans, warns Parkinson

By Zjan Shirinian at Tackling Doping in Sport Conference at Wembley Stadium in London

Andy Parkinson has warned a government cut in its funding of UK Anti-Doping could have an impact on its programmes ahead of Rio 2016 ©Getty Images for LaureusMarch 20 - The boss of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has warned an expected Government cut of its budget could harm its drug testing programme ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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