Australian sports programme boosts Pacific athletes preparation for Olympic and Paralympics

This unites over 170 Olympic and Paralympic athletes from 11 Pacific nations to prepare for Tokyo 2020. Pita Taufatofua was invited to represent Tonga at the event.

With support from the Australian Government’s PacificAus Sports programme, Pacific teams and athletes will be able to train and compete in qualification events, giving them the greatest opportunity to realise their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.

Ronaldinho’s bizarre new Olympic dream

The two-time World Player of the Year attended an event in Hungary on Tuesday to promote the launch of a new sport - which is played on something resembling a curved table tennis table.

Given that competitors are required to use their feet rather than their hands, there are obvious skills which can be transferred from the football field.

Technical ability and concentration are considered to be key attributes for top Teqball players, which suggests that it should be right up Ronaldinho’s street.

Santiago Lange beats cancer -- then wins Olympic sailing gold

The Argentine, along with sailing partner Cecilia Carranza Saroli, took top spot in the Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull after a dramatic final medal race Tuesday.

The victory caps a difficult year for the oldest sailing competitor at the Games, whose two sons are also representing their country in the 49er skiff class.

Yago and Klaus both swam out to meet Lange, clambering onto the boat to celebrate with their father -- who was clearly touched by the emotion.

Thirteen ways to think like an Olympic champion

The outcome of years of training will come down to just a few days, or even moments, in these next few weeks -- all of it watched closely by billions of people worldwide.

As well as being in absolute peak physical condition, every athlete will need to be in just as good condition mentally -- or psychologically -- in order to handle the multitude of pressures awaiting them. CNN asked top sports psychology experts to reveal just what it takes to perform well under pressure -- and, more important, win.

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Russian doping: Olympic chiefs to decide on sanctions after McLaren report

A Wada-commissioned report found urine samples of Russian competitors were manipulated across the "vast majority" of summer and winter Olympic sports from late 2011 to August 2015.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide on Tuesday whether to provisionally ban Russia from the Rio Olympics, which start on 5 August.

IOC president Thomas Bach will host a telephone conference call to decide on "provisional measures and sanctions".

Rio subway opening times extended for Olympic and Paralympic Games

This comes after State Secretary of Transport Rodrigo Vieira told Globo how the final installation of the line four extension westwards to link the city centre with the main Games-hub at Barra de Tijuca was completed over the weekend.

Overall progress is now said to be 90 per cent complete.

A wagon was reportedly pulled by another vehicle to test the new line, passing five stations on the route of which the construction is still being completed.