IOC happy with preparations for 2016 Rio Games

IOC officials left Rio de Janeiro impressed by preparations for the 2016 Olympics, saying the city had made great strides on its infrastructure projects.

Rio to unveil 2016 Olympics logo at New Year`s party

Rio de Janeiro is to unveil the logo of the 2016 Olympics at a New Year`s party on its world famous Copacabana beach Friday.

Golf to feature in 2016 Olympics, be ready: Arjun Atwal

With golf all set to feature in the Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, India need to get itself ready like that of China, Arjun Atwal said here on Thursday.

US Olympic Committee near new CEO, eyes Vancouver

The US Olympic Committee is about 30 days away from selecting a new chief executive who will help improve international relations, the board chairman said on Monday.

IOA seeks Govt help for popularising golf

Golf`s inclusion in the 2016
Olympics has prompted the Indian Olympic Association to seek
government help for making the sport popular and enhance the
country`s chances of winning a medal in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio gangs shoot down police chopper, 12 killed

At least 12 people were killed and a helicopter was downed in fierce clashes between drug gangs and police in Rio de Janeiro, weeks after the city won its bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

Olympic return great day for golf

Tiger Woods declared it “a perfect fit” and PGA Tour President Tim Finchem hailed it a “great day” for golf on Thursday after the sport was added to line-up for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Did Rio win or did Chicago lose 2016 Games?

As Rio de Janeiro revels and rejoices in a runaway victory for the right to stage the 2016 Olympics, a chill wind is blowing through Chicago, seen by many as favourites before Friday`s stunning IOC vote.

Tokyo boss blames ‘political jostling’ for 2016 loss

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara blamed behind-the-scenes political deals for the city’s failure to win the vote to host the 2016 Olympics.

Hearts broken in Madrid as city loses 2016 bid

The people of Madrid heaved a collective sigh of disappointment today at the city’s second successive failure to win the Olympics.

Olympics decision stuns Chicago crowd

Thousands of people stood in bewildered silence in downtown Chicago after the IOC surprised everyone by dumping the city from the race for 2016 Summer Olympics in the first round of voting.

British PM hails Rio`s 2016 Olympic win

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown congratulated Rio de Janeiro today on being named host of the 2016 Olympic Games, saying the city would make a “special contribution”.

Rio is Brazil’s beach-side city of extremes

Thousands of carefree sun-worshippers packed Rio de Janeiro’s Ipanema beach on a recent sunny day, some just soaking up the rays, others playing volleyball and soccer.

Obama ‘disappointed’ at losing Olympics: Gibbs

President Barack Obama is “disappointed” Chicago missed getting the 20016 Olympic Games but doesn’t regret putting so much on the line to argue for it, his chief spokesman said on Friday.

Rio’s Copacabana beach erupts at Olympic win

Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach erupted in joy after the Brazilian city won the vote to host the 2016 Olympic Games, bringing the world’s biggest sporting event to South America for the first time.

Olympics affirms Brazil’s rise, Lula’s legacy

Rio de Janeiro’s successful bid to host the Olympics in 2016 culminates Brazil’s remarkable rise over the past decade from a near basket case to an economic and diplomatic heavyweight.

Vote on 2016 Olympics nears with Chicago/Rio fancied

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) prepared to vote to choose the host of the 2016 Olympics on Friday with most observers predicting a close contest between Chicago and Rio de Janeiro.

FIFA’s Blatter moved by Lula’s Rio 2016 bid speech

Sepp Blatter, head of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, heaped praise on Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday after his speech in support of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic candidacy.

Rio urges IOC to award Olympics to South America

Rio de Janeiro delivered a passionate appeal for South America to be awarded the Olympics for the first time.

IOC votes for 2016 Olympic host

Rio de Janeiro and Chicago both made impassioned appeals to the IOC, later on Friday, to be chosen as host of the 2016 Olympics.