Rio 2016

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.

IOC vice-president "ill-informed and wrong" when criticising Rio 2016, claims leading official

By Nick Butler

Rio 2016 have insisted that much progress is now being made after a lot of unjust criticism ©Getty ImagesInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates was "ill-informed and wrong" when criticising preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games earlier this year, according to a leading official within the Organising Committee.

Rio 2016 inviting sailors to test pollution levels as Guanabara Bay course criticised again

By Nick Butler

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have become the latest to slam the Guanabara Bay course ©AFP/Getty ImagesRio 2016 are inviting sailors competing in next week's test event to personally test pollution levels in the much criticised waters of Guanabara Bay in the "interests of transparency", it has been revealed. 

We need to get Rio 2016 right to guarantee rugby sevens Olympic future, warns IRB chief

By Gary Anderson at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper says rugby sevens needs to get it right at Rio 2016 to remain on Olympic programme ©Getty Images Rugby sevens needs to ensure it captures the public's imagination and "gets it right" at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in order to secure its future beyond 2020, it was claimed here today. 

Brazil to spend $600 million in bid to win 30 medals at Rio 2016

By Nick Butler

Brazil will perform much better than at previous Games on home turf in Rio, it is hoped ©AFP/Getty ImagesBrazil is aiming to win between 27 and 30 medals on home turf during Rio 2016, according to a leading official at the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB), which would mark a huge increase on the 17 medals they secured at London 2012.

Exclusive: Success of World Cup leaves us "more relaxed" about Rio 2016 but "not satisfied" - Sheikh Ahmad

By David Owen

The great success of the FIFA World Cup has helped reassure the IOC over Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesThe success of the recent FIFA World Cup has left the Olympic Movement "more relaxed" about prospects for its own flagship event, which Brazil is also hosting, according to one of its most influential leaders.

Brazilians urged to forget World Cup disaster and look forward to Rio 2016

By Gary Anderson

A number of Brazilian athletes are being featured in a new Nike advert urging Brazilians to forget the World Cup and look forward to Rio 2016 ©Getty Images Brazilians are being urged to forget about the traumas of their side's 7-1 humiliation at the hands of eventual winners Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and dream about the successes ahead for home athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympics Games in a new advert by Nike.

Former Czech world champion canoeists helping design Rio 2016 white water slalom course

By Gary Anderson

Designers at the Czech Technical University in Prague are working on the white water canoe slalom course for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ©Czech Olympic CommitteeFather and son Jaroslav Pollert and Jaroslav Pollert Jr are helping designers at the Czech Technical University laboratory in Prague design the white water slalom canoe course that will be used at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Rio 2016 "top priority" after World Cup, pledges Brazilian President

By Zjan Shirinian

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has pledged Rio 2016 will be the focus once the World Cup is over ©AFP/Getty ImagesBrazil's President says the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be a top priority from Monday (July 14) once the football circus has left the country.
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