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Rio expects three million for New Year’s at Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro expects three million people to attend New Year’s festivities at the famed Copacabana beach, the Brazilian city said on Wednesday. In previous years, there have been around two million people to watch fireworks at the beach, almost all dressed in white, as tradition dictates. “We believe that there will be three million…

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December 28, 2017

 

Lady Gaga hospitalized, pulls out of Brazil’s Rock in Rio

Lady Gaga said Thursday she had been hospitalized in “severe pain” and was pulling out of Brazil’s Rock in Rio festival, which she was due to headline this weekend. The US superstar, who revealed Tuesday that she suffers from the chronic disease fibromyalgia, had been due to open the festival on Friday in Rio de…

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September 15, 2017

 

Olympics: ‘Good-time’ Indian officials under fire for Rio flop

As Olympic under-achievers India head home from Rio having failed to win a gold medal, its gate-crashing, selfie-taking officials have been accused of failing to help its athletes taste success. A string of below-par performances saw India win just two medals at the Games, fewer than the six clinched during their best-ever performance in London…

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August 22, 2016

 

Olympics: History maker Phelps set for final flourish

Rio de Janeiro: Record-breaker Michael Phelps takes the plunge for the final race of his astonishing Olympic career on Saturday after proving once again in Rio that nobody does it better. A glorious career had threatened to end in public humiliation when Phelps was arrested for drunk driving two years ago, but the American has…

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August 12, 2016

 

World record boost for Ethiopia’s Ayana as athletics begin amid doping scandal

Rio de Janeiro: Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana launched the Rio Olympics athletics on Friday by smashing the women’s 10,000m world record as the Games reeled from doping scandals. Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi and Poland’s 2012 Games champion weightlifter Adrian Zielinski failed tests while a Kenyan coach was sent home for reportedly pretending to be an athlete…

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August 12, 2016

 

French pair win rowing sculls gold

RIO DI JENIRO: French duo Jeremie Azou and Pierre Houin won the Olympics men’s lightweight double sculls on Friday. They crossed the line in 6min 30.7sec to beat Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan of Ireland and Norway’s Kristoffer Brun and Are Strandli. Ilse Paulis and Maalke Head of the Netherlands won the women’s lightweight sculls…

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August 12, 2016

 

Olympics: Rowing-Croatian brothers win men’s double sculls final

RIO DE JANEIRO: Croatian brothers Martin and Valent Sinkovic secured a gold medal in the men’s double sculls final in the Olympic rowing regatta on Thursday, in a tough duel that saw them battling Lithuania’s boat neck-and-neck for much of the race. After taking an early lead and holding Lithuania’s Mindaugas Griskonis and Saulius Ritter…

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August 11, 2016

 

Olympics: German weightlifting coach wants seven nations banned

BERLIN: Germany’s weightlifting coach has called for seven countries currently competing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games to be banned from international competition — and named an eighth — for doping abuse. “Besides Russia and Bulgaria (who are already banned from weightlifting at the Rio Games), many other countries also have systematic doping,” Germany’s…

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August 11, 2016

 

Armstrong completes hat-trick of time-trial golds

Veteran American Kristin Armstrong completed a remarkable Olympic cycling hat-trick of gold medals after coming out of retirement for the second time to win the women’s 29.7km time-trial in Rio on Wednesday. Just a day before she turns 43, Armstrong added to her gold medals from Beijing and London to become the first cyclist to…

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August 10, 2016

 

Olympics: Japan shock New Zealand as Sonny Bill Williams hurt

Rio de Janeiro: Japan pulled off a massive shock by beating New Zealand 14-12 in their opening match of the Olympic rugby sevens on Tuesday as Kiwi star Sonny Bill Williams came off injured. Williams was helped off two minutes into the second half, and was led to the team bench where his left boot…

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August 9, 2016

 

Pakistan swimmer Haris Bandey comes last in 400m freestyle Heat

Pakistani swimmer Haris Bandey came last in a Men’s 400m freestyle Heat 1 out of three competitors on the first day of Rio Olympics Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Saturday. Geoffrey Butler won the swimming competition by taking 4.07.87 seconds Pol Arias Dourdet of Andorra stood second while Bandey was the last to complete the race….

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August 6, 2016

 

Olympics: Russian Rio team stands at 266: sports minister

MOSCOW: Russia’s sports minister said Saturday that the national team to compete in the Rio Olympics starting next week so far has 266 competitors, although decisions were still pending on several athletes. “As of this morning I can say that we will represent 29 disciplines out of 34, with 266 people,” minister Vitaly Mutko said…

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July 30, 2016

 

Imran laments Pakistan’s absence from Rio Olympics

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan expressed his shock at Pakistan’s absence from Rio Olympics 2016. Khan’s reaction came after reports emerged that not a single Pakistani athlete would be able to represent the country in the world’s major sporting event being played in the Brazilian capital next month. Seven athletes were given wild…

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July 29, 2016

 

Brazil arrests group planning Olympics terrorism: minister

BRASILIA: Brazilian police have broken up an alleged terrorist group sympathetic to the Islamic State organization that was planning to target the upcoming Olympic Games, officials said Thursday. Ten people were arrested in a nationwide swoop codenamed Operation Hashtag, and two more were detained, the Justice Ministry said. Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said the…

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July 21, 2016

 

Phelps doing it his way on Road to Rio

OMAHA, NEBRASKA: Determined to exit swimming on his own terms, Michael Phelps cleared a major hurdle on the road to Rio on Wednesday, qualifying for a fifth Olympics with a victory that has paved the way to more Games glory. Inspired, motivated and sober, Phelps heads to Rio thanks to his 200 meters butterfly win…

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June 30, 2016

 

Palestinian swimmer glides past obstacles to reach Rio Games

BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK: Palestinian swimmer Mary al-Atrash can’t wait to make a splash at the Rio Olympics in August, but participation, rather than a podium finish, is probably the best she can hope for. Atrash competes in the 50 meters freestyle but her best time of 29.91 seconds is more than four seconds slower than…

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June 29, 2016

 

‘Thin models’ Germany miss Rio relay chance

BERLIN: Germany will not have a women’s 4x100m freestyle team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games with the national head coach complaining their quartet look like ‘thin models’. The German team of Annika Bruhn (23), Anna Dietterle (19), Helen Scholtissek (19) and Paulina Schmiedel (23), failed to swim the qualifying time for the…

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May 9, 2016

 

Rio must keep up the pace in Games preparations: IOC

RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro must keep up the pace of delivery if it is to complete venues before scheduled Olympic test events as it enters “the most intense period of preparations,” the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday. With just under a year and half to go before the Summer Olympic Games…

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February 25, 2015

 

Tennis: Defending champion Nadal advances in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO: World number three Rafael Nadal made an impressive return to competition after an Australian Open quarter-final loss, dispatching Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-1 Tuesday at the ATP Rio Open. Defending champion Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, needed only 91 minutes in advancing to a second-round matchup against either Spanish compatriot Pablo…

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February 18, 2015

 

Eye warming scenes from Rio Carnival

Rio de Janeiro's Carnival ended on a sparkly note with a magnificent evening of sequin-fuelled merrymaking, cacophonic music and half-clothed dancers at the Sambadrome. Watch some select bits and pierces of razzmatazz from the carnival's spectacular close.

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February 17, 2015

 

Rio Olympic preparations “worst” ever

MELBOURNE:  International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates has called Brazil's preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games “the worst” he has ever seen and critically behind schedule, but warned there was no “plan B” to find another host. Attending an Olympic forum in Sydney, Coates told delegates that construction had not commenced…

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April 29, 2014

 
 
 
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