Rio to cut Olympic costs by 10 per cent

Organizers of next year's Rio Olympics have said they aim to slash the cost of the Games by around 10 per cent in a bid to combat the effects of Brazil's economic crisis.

Olympics could `paralyze` Rio airport: Airlines

 Planned closure of airspace over Rio`s Guanabara Bay during sailing competitions at next year`s Olympics would "paralyze" air travel and affect more than 150,000 passengers, airlines said Friday.

Rio sailors embark on anti-pollution protest

Yachts and fishing boats converged Saturday on Rio`s filthy Guanabara Bay, the site of next year`s Olympic sailing contests, to protest the authorities` failure to tackle severe pollution.

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.

Rio to hold 44 test events in run up to 2016 games
Rio to hold 44 test events in run up to 2016 games

Rio de Janeiro will stage 44 test events over the next 14 months as the country moves up a gear in its preparations to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, organisers said on Wednesday.

English FA plans to send men`s and women`s teams to Rio
English FA plans to send men`s and women`s teams to Rio

 The English Football Association plans to send men`s and women`s Great Britain teams to the Olympics Games in Rio next year.

Green protests dog IOC in Rio
Green protests dog IOC in Rio

 Ecological protests on Saturday dogged the final day of an International Olympic Committee executive board meeting in Rio as green campaigners slated the choice of a nature reserve to hold the golf event neat year.

Focussed on Olympic qualification now: Sarita Devi
Focussed on Olympic qualification now: Sarita Devi

Provisional suspension may be keeping her out of the ring but L Sarita Devi's indomitable spirit remains intact and the Asian Games bronze-medallist boxer says she is fully focussed on making the cut for 2016 Olympic Games.

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.

Action starts today, vibrant Brazil set for football World Cup!

It`s show time in Brazil and the journey to Rio is finally over! The 2014 Fifa World Cup begins on Thursday with hosts Brazil playing the tournament opener against Croatia.

Isinbayeva to come out of retirement for Rio - coach

Russian`s double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva plans to go for a third gold in Rio in 2016 after the birth of her first child, according to her coach Yevgeny Trofimov, local media reported Wednesday.

Australia restructure to improve team culture for Rio Olympics

Australia have appointed sport specific team leaders for the 2016 Olympics in a bid to "boost performance" and enforce appropriate "culture and values" after the scandal-ridden disappointment of the London Games.

Rio violence does not threaten World Cup: FIFA

Deadly violence in Rio which saw tourist areas turned into battle grounds does not affect Brazil`s hosting of the World Cup, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has said.

Workers clash with guards and shots fired at Rio Park

Workers building Rio`s 2016 Olympic Park fought with security guards on Monday but although shots were fired no one was injured in the melee, eyewitnesses said.

Brazil to send troops to Rio for World Cup security

Brazil will deploy the military in slums near Rio`s international airport to back up police as the city braces for the arrival of hundreds of thousands of tourists for the World Cup, authorities said Monday.

Subways in Brazil`s World Cup host cities problematic

Subways in Brazil`s largest cities, Rio and Sao Paulo, have been facing problems as the FIFA World Cup approaches.

I am only a bathroom singer: Sonakshi Sinha

Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who has sung for the first time in the dubbed Hindi version of Hollywood film `Rio 2`, feels she is not better than a bathroom singer.

Six killed in Rio police offensive

Police launched a major operation in Rio`s favelas on Tuesday, leaving six people dead and four wounded with the World Cup just four months away.

Commonwealth champ Hazel out of retirement

England`s Louise Hazel announced Wednesday she was coming out of retirement in a bid to defend her Commonwealth Games heptathlon title in Glasgow later this year.

J.Lo, Pitbull, Claudia Leitte to sing official World Cup

US pop music stars Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull will join Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte on the official World Cup anthem "We Are One," FIFA announced in Rio today.