Olympics-Rio will be success despite ‘situation of crisis’ – Bach

By Karolos Grohmann ATHENS, Jan 27 : This year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be successful despite the country’s financial and political turmoil which have made final preparations harder, International Olympic Committee President (IOC) Thomas Bach said today. Brazil is faced with a severe economic downturn, having been awarded the Olympics with the […]

Mayor promises venue delivery after annulling contracts

By Rodrigo Viga Gaier SAO PAULO, Jan 22 : Mayor Eduardo Paes has guaranteed the tennis and equestrian venues for this year’s Rio Olympics will be ready even though last week he annulled contracts with the companies building the two arenas. “We can’t be at the mercy of those who don’t honour their commitments,” Paes […]

Rio slims down as Brazil’s economic crisis bites

By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO, Jan 19 : The grandstands for watching rowing and beach volleyball at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics are to be reduced in size to cut spending as Brazil’s economic crisis hits home, Olympic officials said today. The number of volunteers has also been cut from around 70,000 to 50,000 and […]

Felix can go for Rio double after schedule change

By Gene Cherry Undated, Jan 17 : American sprinter Allyson Felix will get a rare chance to win gold in both the 200 and 400 metres after the global athletics governing body changed the Rio Olympics competition schedule. “I am excited for the opportunity to attempt this incredibly difficult feat,” Felix said on her Twitter […]

COC makes workplace changes after sex harassment scandal

By Frank Pingue Undated, Jan 13 : The Canadian Olympic Committee apologized to its employees today and unveiled sweeping changes to workplace policies in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal that forced former president Marcel Aubut to resign. The COC’s board of directors also agreed to implement all the recommendations made in a “tough” […]