Rio 2016

Exclusive: Rio 2016 clean-up operation at Guanabara Bay hampered by lack of boats

By Nick Butler

Physical debris in Guanabara Bay will have been much reduced before Rio 2016, it has been claimed ©Getty ImagesRubbish littering Guanabara Bay will have been reduced well before Olympic and Paralympic sailing competitions take place, an official from a Dutch Research Institute supporting Rio State authorities has claimed, although work has currently been suspended due to a lack of boats.

FIFA backs down over Manaus becoming Rio 2016 Olympic football venue

By David Owen

The Amazônia Arena in Manaus will host matches during the Olympic football tournament next year after FIFA backed down in a row with Rio 2016 organisers ©YouTubeFIFA has backed down over the inclusion of the Amazonian city of Manaus on the list of venues for the Rio 2016 Olympic football tournaments.

International Sailing Federation and IOC hold talks over Rio 2016 pollution fears

By Nick Butler

Physical debris in the water is a major concern ahead of the Games next year ©Getty ImagesLocal environmentalists have been collecting garbage in Guanabara Bay, the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic sailing venue, as concerns grow once again over whether rubbish still littering the waters will have been removed before the Games.

English Football Assocation wants Great Britain teams at Rio Olympics

By David Owen

The English FA want Great Britain to have football teams at the Rio 2016 Olympics ©Getty ImagesThe English Football Association is keen for Great Britain teams once again to participate in the Olympic football tournament at next year's Games in the football-besotted city of Rio de Janeiro.

Mourning place to be erected in Olympic Village as IOC bows to pressure over Munich Massacre

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

The IOC have long faced criticism they have not done enough to commemorate the victims of the 1972 Munich Massacre ©Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesA special place for athletes to mourn the loss of family and friends will be set up in the Olympic Village at Rio 2016, while a "moment of reflection" will be held during the Closing Ceremony, it has been revealed.

Rio 2016 golf protesters confront Bach as IOC Executive Board meeting draws to close

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Golf protester Rio 2016Campaigners angry at construction of the golf course being built for next year's Olympics, which they claim will damage the environment, confronted International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach here today. 

Company in charge of Rio 2016 ceremonies opens London office

By Nick Butler

Filmmaster events have opened a London office ©FilmmasterFilmmaster Events, the Italian company in charge of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies, have opened a London office to enhance their global scope. 

Victory for American athletes as IOC agree to relax Rule 40 for Rio 2016

 By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Rule 40, which caused so much controversy at London 2012, is set to be relaxed for Rio 2016 ©IOCA change to the controversial Rule 40, which prevents athletes from promoting non-Olympic sponsors during the period of the Games, is set to be relaxed, it was revealed here today.

Exclusive: Nine of top 15 brands associated with Rio 2016 not Olympic sponsors, says report

By Emily Goddard

Coca-Cola tops the brands associated with Rio 2016, according to Global Language Monitor ©Getty ImagesNine of the top 15 brands associated with Rio 2016 are non-Olympic partners, according to the new findings of an on-going study that examines marketing around the Games.
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