Olympics media village built on ‘sacred’ mass grave of African slaves

Descendants of slaves accuse developers of riding roughshod over history by destroying archaeological remains at site where journalists will stay for GamesJournalists covering the Olympic Games may find themselves caught up in a row over one of the darkest periods of Brazilian history, following claims that part of the media village has been built on a mass grave of African slaves. As reporters and cameramen

juli 21st, 2016 Americas, Brazil, Olympic Games, Olympic Games 2016, Olympics

Russian appeal against Olympic athletics ban dismissed by Cas – video

Russia’s appeal against a ban on athletes participating at Olympic Games is rejected by Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) on Thursday. A total of 68 Russian athlete and the Russian Olympic Committee asked for a ban on them, which prevents them from participating in August’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, to be overturnedCas upholds Rio Olympics ban on 68 Russian athletes Continue reading...

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IOC must decide which way to jump over Russia at the Olympics | Owen Gibson

Vast database of damning evidence should help root out more offenders but new global anti-doping system is needed after Rio GamesIt was one of those vignettes that, even at the time, was clearly worth filing away for future reference. As Thomas Bach exited the hall of the Buenos Aires Hilton after realising his long-held ambition and securing the presidency of the International Olympic Committee in

juli 21st, 2016 IAAF, Olympic Games, Olympic Games 2016, Sport, Sport politics

Brazilian police arrest Isis-linked group over alleged Olympics attack plot

A dozen Brazilian citizens accused of pledging allegiance to Isis and allegedly part of group called defenders of sharia were ‘absolutely amateur’, officials sayFifteen days before the Olympics opening ceremony, Brazilian police have arrested 10 alleged Islamic State sympathisers who are suspected of planning an act of terrorism during the games. Two others are still at large.The Brazilian justice minister, Alexandre Moraes, described the suspects

juli 21st, 2016 Americas, Brazil, Olympic Games 2016, Rio de Janeiro, World news

Style games: fashion moments from the forthcoming Rio Olympics

From Stella McCartney and Team GB to Ralph Lauren’s US uniform, Rio isn’t just for sports lovers. Next month, expect Canada to reference Gosha Rubchinskiy, golf wear to triumph and high jumpers to wear socksIt’s about sport, really. Sport, but also national pride, transitory crushes on archers you’ve never heard of, and predicting all the medals each country will win now that some of the

juli 21st, 2016 Fashion, Life and style, Olympic Games, Olympic Games 2016

Mariya Kuchina leads Russian athletes’ lament over Cas Olympics decision

• High jump champion describes ‘disappointment’ and ‘incomprehension’• Discus thrower Gleb Sidorchenko says ‘whole generation could disappear’The scene was idyllic at the Russian track and field championships in this leafy Moscow suburb on Thursday as young hopefuls and world champions competed in the sun. Related: Cas upholds Rio Olympics ban on 68 Russian athletes Related: Usain Bolt says Olympic ban on Russian athletes will ‘scare

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Russia’s Olympic crisis lays bare a prevailing political apathy in sport | Gideon Haigh

That Russia’s participation could only be threatened by doping transgressions ignores what might be the least politically appealing Games in a generationIt’s hard work for a country to get turfed out of the Olympics. You must seriously dedicate yourself to the task. It’s not enough to have a brutal, devious autocracy that flagrantly intimidates its domestic critics and is author of miseries all over the

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Australian Rohan Dennis pulls out of Tour de France to focus on Olympics

Dennis joins Mark Cavendish in withdrawing with Rio Games on horizonTime trial specialist’s Olympic preparations now ‘best done at home’Australian Rohan Dennis has joined British cycling star Mark Cavendish in leaving the Tour de France early ahead of the Olympics. Like Cavendish, Dennis has decided it will not help his Rio preparations by staying on the Tour until Sunday’s final stage in Paris.Cavendish is aiming

juli 21st, 2016 Australia sport, Cycling, Olympic Games, Olympic Games 2016, Olympics

‘I’m having a blast’: USA rugby sevens star Perry Baker flies to Rio Olympics

Named in the US men’s sevens squad for the Games, the former wide receiver says the Eagles, Nate Ebner among them, can bring home gold from BrazilOlympic sevens: ‘A phenomenal game that the world is going to see’At 11.01pm on Friday, 12 men were informed of their selection to represent the USA in rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics. Perry Baker, the lanky “Speed Stick”

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Dick Pound fears IOC reluctant to ban entire Russia team from Olympics

• Pound: ‘You’ve got to send a message that will deter doping’• IOC member Pound sure doping is going on in other countriesFears that the International Olympic Committee is cooking up a deal to allow the majority of the 386-strong Russian team to compete at the Rio Games intensified on Wednesday, when the longstanding IOC member Dick Pound broke ranks to warn the organisation was

juli 21st, 2016 Athletics, Drugs in sport, Olympic Games 2016, Russia doping scandal, Russia Olympic team

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