12,000 people to carry Olympic torch in Brazil
12,000 people to carry Olympic torch in Brazil

About 12,000 people will be chosen to carry the Olympic torch around Brazil in the three months leading up to next year`s Games in Rio de Janeiro, organisers announced on Friday.

Brazil plans 60,000 security force for 2016 Rio Olympics: Source
Brazil plans 60,000 security force for 2016 Rio Olympics: Source

Brazil plans to deploy around 60,000 security forces for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a source familiar with the preparations said on Tuesday, bolstering security amid fears of a spike in violence in the picturesque city.

IOC still concerned about Rio water pollution
IOC still concerned about Rio water pollution

The International Olympic Comittee (IOC) is still concerned about the water pollution in Rio de Janeiro barely one year before it hosts the Olympic Games, its president Thomas Bach said on Monday.

Rio knife attacks claim more victims: Police

Two more people were injured Saturday in knife attacks in Rio, raising to 13 the number of stabbing victims in as many day in the city that hosts the 2016 Olympic Games.

Brazil football federation boss says knew nothing of graft
Brazil football federation boss says knew nothing of graft

The president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, Marco Polo del Nero, said Friday he knew nothing about bribes allegedly paid to his arrested predecessor Jose Maria Marin, rejecting calls to resign.

Fit-again Yohan Blake taking it slow as Rio beckons
Fit-again Yohan Blake taking it slow as Rio beckons

Former World 100 metres champion Yohan Blake is back to full fitness but says he will not be rushing his comeback to international competition.

Rio 2016 consider changing water polo venue over delay
Rio 2016 consider changing water polo venue over delay

The water polo competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics could change venue because of construction delays at the intended site, a spokesman for the organisers told Reuters on Tuesday.

Tokyo opens procedure for sports bidding to make 2020 Games
Tokyo opens procedure for sports bidding to make 2020 Games

Organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have officially launched the bidding process for sports hoping to be added to the Summer Games in Japan, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) confirmed on Tuesday.

500 days out, Rio risks Olympics cost surge as building lags
500 days out, Rio risks Olympics cost surge as building lags

With less than 500 days until Rio de Janeiro hosts the Olympic Games, construction of several venues has not started and some major contracts have not even been tendered, setting the stage for a last-minute rush that will likely drive up costs.

Back on the beat: Rio cops step up patrols

Faced with a surge in armed robberies, Rio de Janeiro police are using mounted patrols and old-fashioned tactics to combat crime ahead of next year`s Olympic Games.

Brazil Labour Ministry stops construction at two 2016 Rio Olympics venues
Brazil Labour Ministry stops construction at two 2016 Rio Olympics venues

Brazil`s Ministry for Labour said on Wednesday it stopped construction work at two venues being built for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year due to health and safety concerns.

Invasive lionfish reaches Brazilian waters

A lionfish -- normally seen in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean -- has made a remarkable journey to reach Brazilian waters.

Usain Bolt clocks 10.12sec in Rio 100m exhibition
Usain Bolt clocks 10.12sec in Rio 100m exhibition

Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt clocked 10.12 seconds to win an exhibition 100m race in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

Eight people killed at Brazilian football team's fan club

Police say eight people have been shot dead at a Brazilian soccer team's fan club in the city of Sao Paulo.

Brazil's World Cup winner Paulo Cesar sold medal to buy cocaine
Brazil's World Cup winner Paulo Cesar sold medal to buy cocaine

Former Brazil international Paulo Cesar has admitted he sold his World Cup winners medal from 1970 to buy cocaine.

World Cup winner sold medal to buy cocaine

Former Brazil international Paulo Cesar has admitted he sold his World Cup winners medal from 1970 to buy cocaine.

Brazil's Olympic host Rio has phones cut due to unpaid bills
Brazil's Olympic host Rio has phones cut due to unpaid bills

The state government of Rio de Janeiro, which is feverishly preparing for next year`s Olympic Games, has failed to pay its phone and Internet bills, triggering a cutoff in service, the phone company responsible said on Friday.

Michael Phelps glad to be back after 100m butterfly win
Michael Phelps glad to be back after 100m butterfly win

Michael Phelps won the 100m butterfly at the Mesa Pro Series meeting on Thursday, a first step on the road to redemption and, he hopes, Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Thousands of dead fish foul Rio rowing venue
Thousands of dead fish foul Rio rowing venue

 Thousands of dead fish have washed up over the past week in a lagoon in Rio de Janeiro that will host rowing and canoeing events at next year`s Olympic Games.

Brazil demonstrators demand end to police violence

Demonstrators in Rio de Janeiro took to the famous sands of Copacabana on Sunday to protest the death of boy who was killed in the crossfire during a police gunfight in a favela.