Brazil extends $850 million emergency loan to Rio for Olympics

Brazil extends $850 million emergency loan to Rio for Olympics

Brazil`s government authorized an emergency transfer of 2.9 billion reais ($850 million/579.2 million pounds) on Tuesday for the cash-strapped state of Rio de Janeiro to help pay for infrastructure projects and security for the Olympic Games in August.

Vijender Singh in no mood for Olympics, but Amir Khan keen to represent Pakistan in 2016 Rio Games

Vijender Singh in no mood for Olympics, but Amir Khan keen to represent Pakistan in 2016 Rio Games

Professional boxers who are willing to compete in Rio will have to first qualify in a tournament to be held in Venezuela in early July.

Indian discus thrower Seema Punia qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympics

Indian discus thrower Seema Punia qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympics

The 32-year-old Seema crossed the Rio Games qualification standard of 61.00m.

Brazil arrests first suspect after shocking gang-rape video

Brazil arrests first suspect after shocking gang-rape video

The Brazilian Police on Saturday said they had arrested the first of more than 30 suspects wanted over the gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl whose attackers posted a graphic video online showing the aftermath of their brutal attack.

National Welfare Fund to pay Rs. 5 lakh to needy sportspersons

National Welfare Fund to pay Rs. 5 lakh to needy sportspersons

Scope of the scheme has also been expanded to include more sports persons for being considered for financial assistance from the fund.

Google celebrates 120th anniversary of first modern Olympic Games with a doodle!

Google celebrates 120th anniversary of first modern Olympic Games with a doodle!

The online search engine giant Google celebrates the 120th anniversary of the first modern Olympic Games with a doodle.

2016 Rio Olympics: Brazil sport minister 'likely' to quit

2016 Rio Olympics: Brazil sport minister 'likely' to quit

Sport Minister George Hilton's job has been under threat since his party, PRB, quit President Dilma Rousseff's embattled coalition a week ago.

First meldonium case exposed in Russian athletics

First meldonium case exposed in Russian athletics

26-year-old sprinter and 2013 European Championship silver-medallist Nadezhda Kotlyarova has reportedly tested positive for the substance.
 

2016 Rio Olympics: Hosts Brazil to deploy 38,000 military personnel during Games

2016 Rio Olympics: Hosts Brazil to deploy 38,000 military personnel during Games

The Rio Olympics will take place from August 5-21 and the Paralympics will be held from September 7-18.

Pro star Vijender Singh in 2016 Olympics? Looks unlikely

Pro star Vijender Singh in 2016 Olympics? Looks unlikely

The 30-year-old middleweight's schedule is sorted till June 11.

Drug-testing lab will be operational for Olympics: Rio chief

Drug-testing lab will be operational for Olympics: Rio chief

WADA rules say doping cases must be heard by an independent specialised tribunal.  

2016 Summer Games: Rio rescinds Olympic riding, tennis venue contracts

2016 Summer Games: Rio rescinds Olympic riding, tennis venue contracts

Rio`s urbanization authority insisted that both sites will be ready for the games.

France, Brazil to cooperate over Rio 2016 games security

France, Brazil to cooperate over Rio 2016 games security

The Rio 2016 Games, to be held from August 5 to 21, will be the first Olympics in South America.

Mayor trusts Rio Olympic security, but says 'have to worry'

Mayor trusts Rio Olympic security, but says 'have to worry'

Brazil is larger than the continental United States and has thousands of miles (kilometers) of porous borders, some slicing through the Amazon jungle region. 

Mayor trusts Rio Olympic security, but says 'have to worry'

Mayor trusts Rio Olympic security, but says 'have to worry'

The major problem in Rio is street crime, robberies and assaults part of the endemic violence in a city rife with guns.

Brazil to strengthen international co-op on Olympics security

Brazil to strengthen international co-op on Olympics security

Around 85,000 agents will participate in the Olympic Games' Security Forces.

Doping, corruption report set to rock track and field

Doping, corruption report set to rock track and field

IAAF president expressed his "shock, anger and sadness" at the allegations of high-level bribery.

Refugees eligible to compete in Olympics for 1st time: IOC

Refugees eligible to compete in Olympics for 1st time: IOC

IOC chief Thomas Bach made the announcement to the UN General Assembly.

Ireland qualify for 2016 Olympics hockey after a century

Ireland qualify for 2016 Olympics hockey after a century

Irish men's hockey team has qualified for the Olympic Games after a gap of more than 100 years.

Lakshmi Mittal's London steel tower losing money

One of London's newer landmarks, the Arcelor Mittal Orbit designed by British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor to mark the 2012 Olympic Games in the city, is losing nearly 10,000 pounds a week as tourist numbers fall short of expectations.