Brazil Olympic mascots named after ''Girl from Ipanema'' composers
Brazil Olympic mascots named after ''Girl from Ipanema'' composers

The mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be named `Tom` and `Vinicius` after the singer-songwriters who wrote `The Girl from Ipanema`, organisers said on Sunday.

Rio names mascots Vinicius and Tom for Olympic Games
Rio names mascots Vinicius and Tom for Olympic Games

Vinicius will be the name of the Rio Olympic Games mascot after a three-week Internet vote and the Paralympic Games mascot will be called Tom.

Rio 2016 mascots combine Brazilian fauna, flora
Rio 2016 mascots combine Brazilian fauna, flora

 The official mascots for the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games are hybrids of Brazil's native fauna and flora, the local organising committee has announced.

IPC says Oscar Pistorius will be allowed to compete at Rio Paralympics if not in jail at that time
IPC says Oscar Pistorius will be allowed to compete at Rio Paralympics if not in jail at that time

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed that Oscar Pistorius would be allowed to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio if the double amputee is not in jail.

China provides second largest registrations for Rio 2016
China provides second largest registrations for Rio 2016

China has provided the second largest number of registrations for the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games volunteer programme which started Aug 28.

Rio 2016 launches volunteer programme
Rio 2016 launches volunteer programme

The Rio 2016 organising committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has launched a recruitment drive for 70,000 volunteers for the first Games to be held in South America.

SA journo accuses `faux` Pistorius of taking acting lessons before standing trial

A top South African journalist has accused Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius of taking acting lessons before standing trial for the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in an open letter.

Japan speeds up evacuation plans of 2020 Olympics facilities

Japan will reportedly speed up the evacuation plans for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, following a warning of 70 percent likelihood of a large earthquake striking the capital within 30 years.

Australian Birch sets sights on Rio Olympic ceremonies

Australian event producer Ric Birch, one of the most prominent creators of Olympic Games ceremonies, has been appointed by Filmmaster Group as executive producer at Filmmaster Events.

Girisha still waiting for `promised` SAI job

He gave India its first medal at the Paralympic Games after finishing second in the Men`s High Jump event yet his silver-winning effort could not land him a job with the Sports Authority of India as promised by the former Sports Minister, Ajay Maken.

Who is Oscar Pistorius?

Oscar Pistorius, fondly referred to as the ‘Blade Runner’, became the first ever double amputee to compete in the Olympic Games when he took part in the London 2012 Olympic Games’ 400m run.

Paralympic athletes shining example of courage, determination

Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma on Monday expressed delight at the strong showing by Commonwealth countries at the just concluded London Paralympic Games, saying that the athletes were the shining example of courage and determination.

Indian Paralympics team felicitated by High Commissioner

The 33-member Indian team which participated in the ongoing Paralympic Games was felicitated by the country`s High Commissioner to the UK -- Dr Jaimini Bhagwati -- at the India House here.

Hawking at Paralympics?

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is likely to be involved in the Opening Ceremony of Paralympic Games here Aug 29.

Beckham, five young guns to bring Olympic Flame to UK

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) confirmed Wednesday that David Beckham will attend the Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony in Athens and bring the torch to the United Kingdom on its 70-day journey.

London Paralympics-bound players call on Haryana CM

Seven players from Haryana who have qualified for Paralympic Games in London called on the Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at his New Delhi residence.

British police launches anti-terror drive before Olympics

Ahead of the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games, British police has launched an anti-terrorism campaign by calling on the public to help it find potential terrorists.

British artists selected to design Olympic posters

Twelve artists including Tracey Emin, Martin Creed and Chris Ofili will design a set of posters for the Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer, as Britain seeks to use the events to showcase its cultural heritage.

British artists selected to design Olympic posters

Twelve artists including Tracey Emin, Martin Creed and Chris Ofili will design a set of posters for the Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer, as Britain seeks to use the events to showcase its cultural heritage.