Rio 2016

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. 

Rio 2016 progress praised by Probst following two years to go anniversary

By Nick Butler

Presentations have taken place today to emphasise the progress being made by Rio 2016 ©Rio 2016Larry Probst, chairman of the United States Olympic Committee, has praised the progress being made by Rio 2016 following celebrations to mark two years to go until the Olympics and Paralympics begin.

"Diversity of Brazilian people" inspires "look" of Rio 2016 Games

By Zjan Shirinian

Rio's landscapes helped form the design for the look of the Rio 2016 Games ©Rio 2016The "harmonious diversity of the Brazilian people" is the inspiration behind the multi-coloured look of the Rio 2016 Games, unveiled to mark two years to go until the Opening Ceremony.

Great Britain on track to top London 2012 medal tally at Rio 2016, claims UK Sport

By Paul Osborne at Stirling Square in London

UK Sport is confident it can hit its target of winning more medals at Rio 2016 than London 2012 ©Getty ImagesGreat Britain is on track to meet its goal of becoming the first nation ever to win more Olympic and Paralympic medals post hosting the event, according to Simon Timson, director of performance at UK Sport.

Major winner Baker-Finch to lead Australian golf team at Rio 2016

By Zjan Shirinian

Ian Baker-Finch, who won The Open in 1991, will lead Australia's golf team at Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesThe Chef de Mission of Australia's Olympic squad has named six more team leaders for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, headed by golf Major winner Ian Baker-Finch.

Rio 2016 release calendar for 45 test events on eve of two-year countdown

By Zjan Shirinian

The first Rio 2016 test event is being held this week, with more than 300 sailors competing in the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta ©Getty ImagesA draft calendar of 45 test events that will be held in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been published as the city prepares to celebrate the two-years-to-go countdown.

First Rio 2016 test event begins amid pollution fears on Guanabara Bay

By Nick Butler

Windsurfing action got the test event underway in Rio de Janeiro ©Rio 2016A major challenge on the road to Rio 2016 has begun this weekend with the start of a week-long sailing test event, the first such event to be held in any sport, on the waters of Guanabara Bay.
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