Rio 2016

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.

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. 
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