Rio 2016

The home of Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB), has been raided by the country’s federal police as part of an investigation into suspicions of vote-buying in the build-up to the award of the hosting rights for the 2016 summer Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro.

Pat Hickey has today (Monday) said he looks forward to resuming his international Olympic duties after stating that the report by former Irish High Court judge, Justice Carroll Moran, into the ticketing scandal surrounding the 2016 summer Olympic Games clears him of any wrongdoing.

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has said Rio de Janeiro should be given more time to deliver infrastructure that was promised as part of its Olympic Games legacy, following criticism of the Brazilian city’s progress on certain targets.

Brazilian federal police have arrested Alexandre Pinto, who served as head of infrastructure in the government of former Rio de Janerio Mayor Eduadro Paes, as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption surrounding the city’s hosting of the 2016 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A public hearing in Rio de Janeiro has hit out at the lack of legacy planning for the 2016 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, criticising the “white elephants” of the venues developed for the events.

The Lagardère Sports agency has agreed a deal to assume the management contract for the iconic Maracanã stadium in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, according to multiple reports.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has said it is “urgently seeking” a resolution to a funding issue related to the 2016 summer Paralympic Games that is impacting on its financial affairs.

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes has protested his innocence after a state court froze his assets amid an investigation by public prosecutors into whether he improperly waived an environmental fee for the company that built the golf course developed for the 2016 summer Olympic Games.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has expressed its confidence in a successful summer Paralympic Games ahead of the opening ceremony for the event in Rio de Janeiro later today (Wednesday).

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has said that it expects this year’s Games to sell out despite recent reports suggesting that ticket sales for the event in Rio de Janeiro were struggling.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has maintained that no public funds have been used to help pay for the 2016 summer Olympic Games after local and national officials in Brazil came to the aid of the forthcoming Paralympic Games.

The Rio 2016 organising committee for the Olympic Games has appealed against a Brazilian judge’s ruling that spectators can display political banners inside venues during the ongoing event.

Carlos Nuzman, the head of Rio 2016, has insisted that “Rio will rise to the occasion” by overcoming the swathe of negative headlines that have clouded the build-up to the opening ceremony of the summer Olympic Games tonight (Friday).

Two venues which will be used to stage events during the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are to be investigated by state prosecutors after the means by which firms were hired to construct them were brought into question.

Rio de Janeiro’s new velodrome, which will stage track cycling contests during the Brazilian city’s hosting of the 2016 summer Olympic Games, has become the final permanent venue to be handed over to the local organising committee after substantial difficulties in its development.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has suspended the accreditation of the Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory in Rio de Janeiro with little over a month remaining until the Olympic Games commence in the city.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has maintained that there is a “very low risk” of further international spread of the Zika virus as a result of Brazil’s hosting of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, while interim Brazilian President Michel Temer and International Olympic Committee (IOC) counterpart Thomas Bach have stated their confidence that a successful event will be staged.

New independent testing on various waterways in Rio de Janeiro that will stage events at this summer’s Olympic Games has discovered drug-resistant ‘super bacteria’ at a number of sites, according to Reuters.

The Brazilian government is considering an emergency loan to the cash-strapped state of Rio de Janeiro ahead of its staging of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to Reuters.

Rio 2016 has maintained that development work will be unaffected at the Deodoro cluster for the Olympic and Paralympic Games after federal police staged raids at the site connected to an ongoing investigation into potential corruption at Games-related infrastructure projects.

Jose Mariano Beltrame, state security secretary for Rio de Janeiro, has spoken of his concerns over cuts to the Brazilian city’s budget ahead of hosting this summer’s Olympic Games, stating that the decision is likely to have an impact on police levels during the multi-sport event.

The city council of Rio de Janeiro has formed a commission to investigate whether corruption affected infrastructure projects for the 2016 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Brazilian government has voted to pass new anti-doping legislation in a move that brings the country in line with guidelines set out by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) ahead of this year’s Olympic Games.

Rio 2016 has said it will embark on a drive to boost domestic ticket sales for the Olympic Games, as the local organising committee today (Wednesday) presented its latest update on preparations to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The City of Rio de Janeiro has cancelled the construction contract for the tennis facility that is scheduled to host events during the Brazilian city’s staging of this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Brazil Attorney General Rodrigo Janot has launched an investigation over alleged bribes that were paid to a lawmaker to help secure contracts for the construction of venues and facilities for the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Temporary power supplier Aggreko has today (Friday) confirmed that it has withdrawn from a tender to provide generators for the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Temporary power supplier Aggreko has withdrawn from a tender to provide generators for the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to the Reuters news agency.

A new round of independent testing on waterways in Rio de Janeiro that will stage events during the city’s hosting of the Olympic Games next summer have found locations further away from shore are just as polluted as nearer those nearer to land, where raw sewage flows into waterways.

Ty Votaw, vice-president of the International Golf Federation (IGF), has said Rio de Janeiro’s new golf course must adhere to an agronomy scheme if it is to effectively deliver the sport’s return to the Olympic Games next summer.

Organisers of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil have warned officials in the country’s capital of Brasília that if they do not sign a contract by the middle of November to host football events during next year’s sporting spectacle, the city will be stripped of its seven scheduled matches.

Organisers of the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have ruled out conducting viral tests of waters at aquatic sports venues in the Brazilian city following advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Luiz Roberto Giugni, president of the Brazilian Confederation of Equestrian, has warned that ongoing delays in preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro could lead to equestrian events during the sporting spectacle being staged outside of the country.