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 IOC approves Tokyo 2020 venue changes
IOC approves Tokyo 2020 venue changes

The International Olympic Committee executive board on Friday gave the greenlight to organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Games to move three competition venues as part of a plan to trim more than $1 billion from the budget.

Rio considering two Olympic flames during 2016 Games
Rio considering two Olympic flames during 2016 Games

Rio de Janeiro could have two Olympic flames burning simultaneously at two different venues, officials in the Brazilian city said.

IOC chief praises Rio 2016 preparations
IOC chief praises Rio 2016 preparations

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has praised the state of preparations for South America's first Olympic Games to be staged in Rio de Janeiro next year.

IOC chief 'very satisfied' with progress for Rio 2016
IOC chief 'very satisfied' with progress for Rio 2016

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has said he is "very satisfied" with Rio de Janeiro`s preparations to host South America’s first Olympic games in 2016.

Rio's dirty water again an issue ahead of IOC meeting
Rio's dirty water again an issue ahead of IOC meeting

International Olympic Committee members meeting in Rio de Janeiro this week will understand if its waters are not completely clean for the sailing events in 2016, the state`s governor said on Monday.

Carnival parades begin at Rio's Sambadrome, despite deluge

The show went at the world's most-celebrated Carnival parades, despite a tropical deluge that soaked thousands of feather-clad dancers, wildly costumed musicians and masses of spectators at Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome.

Olympics: Rafael Nadal surprised at Brazil hardcourt choice for 2016
Olympics: Rafael Nadal surprised at Brazil hardcourt choice for 2016

Multiple grand slam champion and 2008 Olympic gold medallist Rafael Nadal expressed surprise Friday that the Rio Olympics tournament will be played on hardcourt and not clay.

Artists benefit more from National Games: PT Usha
Artists benefit more from National Games: PT Usha

 As yet another National Games progresses amid organisational lapses and controversies, legendary sprint queen P T Usha feels that the event has transformed into a carnival in which artists benefit more than sportspersons.

Overheated Brazil passengers open plan emergency exits

Brazilian news media say passengers trapped in a plane without air conditioning in the brutal heat of the southern hemisphere summer opened the emergency exit doors.

Brazil alert to Olympic risks after Paris attacks
Brazil alert to Olympic risks after Paris attacks

Brazil`s counter-terrorism chief said Thursday the attacks in Paris last week underscored the risks as his country prepares to stage South America`s first Olympic Games in Rio next year.

Confucius the Redeemer symbol of Xi`s Chinese Dream

 Arms outstretched like Rio de Janeiro`s Christ the Redeemer, a towering Confucius statue stands in the seaside resort that hosts the Chinese Communist leadership`s summer retreat, opposite a hulking monument to President Xi Jinping`s dreams.

Commuter train crash leaves 40 injured in Brazil

At least 40 people were injured when two commuter trains collided in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state, authorities have said.

Top Brazil cop dismissed, allegedly over pro-Nazi chat

Rio de Janeiro's military police officials say the commander of an elite division of riot police has been dismissed.

Pope sends New Years tidings to partying Brazilians

Pope Francis has recorded a video message at the Vatican offering New Years greetings to two million revelers, including around 800,000 tourists, preparing to party on Rio`s famed Copacabana beach.

Pope sends New Years tidings to partying Brazilians

Pope Francis has recorded a video message at the Vatican offering New Years greetings to two million revelers, including around 800,000 tourists, preparing to party on Rio`s famed Copacabana beach.

Brazil sports minister blasts `unfair` criticism

A controversial evangelical pastor`s nomination as Brazil`s new sports minister came under fire Tuesday, a year and a half before Rio stages South America`s first Olympics.

Brazilian Neymar dyes beard blonde
Brazilian Neymar dyes beard blonde

Not one to be left behind, Brazil's star footballer Neymar got into the festive mood by dying his beard blonde.

''Super-bacteria'' in Rio sailing waters causes concern
''Super-bacteria'' in Rio sailing waters causes concern

Scientists at a Rio de Janeiro research institute have found what they call a new "super-bacteria" that is resistant to antibiotics in the waters where sailors will compete in the Olympic sailing events in 2016.

These tough matches will prepare us for Rio 2016: Roelant Oltmans
These tough matches will prepare us for Rio 2016: Roelant Oltmans

Having masterminded Belgium's ouster from the Champions Trophy Hockey tournament with a perfect strategy, India's high performance director Roelant Oltmans is eyeing many such encounters before the team gets ready for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Five traditional sports may face axe under IOC's Olympic Games modernisation plan
Five traditional sports may face axe under IOC's Olympic Games modernisation plan

As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is determined to modernize the Games, five traditional sports have come under pressure for athletes numbers and events.