Rio 2016 appeal to government to pay outstanding debts

By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO, May 17 : Brazil’s Olympic organisers have asked federal and municipal governments to help them pay back a deficit of 117 million reais ( 37.8 million dollars) incurred in the hosting of the Paralympics, the spokesman for the games said. Mario Andrada said the request, which comes in spite of […]

Rio 2016, the most perfect imperfect Games – IOC

By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec 6 : The Rio de Janeiro Olympics may not have been perfect but organisers exceeded expectations given the political and economic situation in the South American country, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said today. Rio, the first Olympic host city on the continent, had to grapple with a protracted […]

Brazil court indicts 10 nabbed in Rio Olympic ticket scalping ring

By Rodrigo Viga Gaier RIO DE JANEIRO, Sep 10 : A Rio de Janeiro court today accepted prosecutors’ charges against the man who until recently was Europe’s top Olympic official and nine others in an illegal ticket-scalping ring picked up by police at the Games in August. The defendants, who will now stand trial, include […]

Silence for Brazil! Crowd at blind soccer struggles with quiet

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO, Sep 9 : The Brazilian crowd was one of the quietest ever for their national soccer team, but it was still not quiet enough when the ball came into the box in the 29th minute. With Brazil trailing Morocco 1-0 today, the noise rose effortlessly from a nervous crowd […]

Rio police seek charges against 10 in ticket scalping ring

By Rodrigo Viga Gaier RIO DE JANEIRO, Sep 8 : Brazilian police recommended yesterday that 10 people be charged in a ticket-touting ring uncovered at the Rio Games, including the man who until recently was Europe’s top Olympic official. They also said they hope International Olympic Committee head Thomas Bach will provide witness testimony in […]

Olympics-Boxing-Uzbek Gaibnazarov wins men’s light-welter gold

By Alan Baldwin RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 21 : Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Gaibnazarov won the Olympic light-welterweight gold by beating Azerbaijan’s Cuban-born Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo on a 2-1 split decision today. The gold was Uzbekistan’s second of the afternoon and third of the boxing tournament. Russia’s Vitaly Dunaytsev and Germany’s Artem Harutyunyan won the bronze medals. […]