Rio 2016 Olympics

Volunteer finds inspiration and life-changing experiences at Rio 2016

By the time the games ended, her friends had become supporters and she had found a new source of design inspiration.

“They changed their minds because they observed how the Olympic Games were working in Rio. We had security for people in the Olympic Park. We had efficient public transportation,” she said. “The Games were amazing. Incredible.”

Paralympians get ready to take centre stage in Rio

With 23 sports and 528 events over the course of 11 days of competition, the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro will be kicking off on 7 September.

 As was the case with the Olympic Games, the 2016 edition of the Paralympic Games will be the first to be staged in the continent of South America. They will also be the first Games to feature the sports of canoeing and paratriathlon.

Nick Butler: Rio 2016 was not an easy Olympics but has been saved by the brilliance of the sport

Recent events have proved these latter two adages to be nonsense, but, while a professed love of athletes is usually a gesture justifying some political move, the world’s best sportsmen and women have come to the fore brilliantly to save and dominate the show over the last 16 days.

The toughest Games in generations from an organisational standpoint has been masked by moment after moment of sporting magic.

Rio 2016: Neymar? Brazil must stop us - Hrubesch

Germany coach Horst Hrubesch has no interest in talking about Neymar, warning Brazil they needed to stop his team in the men's football final at the Rio Olympics.

Hrubesch's men have scored 21 goals on their way to Saturday's decider, with Serge Gnabry and Nils Petersen netting six apiece.

Rio 2016: Gatlin is slowing down - Bolt

Usain Bolt was unsurprised to see Justin Gatlin fail to make the final of the 200 metres at Rio 2016, claiming the American is "slowing down".

Reigning champion and world record holder Bolt booked his place in the final by winning his heat in a season's best 19.78 seconds, though Andre De Grasse ran him close to the line.

Thompson holds off Schippers to claim sprint double

Elaine Thompson claimed a remarkable sprint double at Rio 2016 as she held off world champion Dafne Schippers to take gold in the 200 metres.

Schippers came into the race as the overwhelming favourite having beaten Thompson to World Championship gold last year and in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

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Animal Brain Association members nabbed by police

​Forty youths aged between 18 and 21 were caught drinking today along the airport’s back road where the construction of the LNG road is taking place.

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Team PNG arrives safely in Rio

The athletes that flew out of PNG were Judo athlete, Raymond Ovinou and his coach, Richard Glied, Boxer, Thadius Katua and his coach, Joe Aufa, Weightlifting Team Manager, Winis Tua and Team PNG Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernie Amof.

The team left the country on Wednesday this week and upon arrival were met by Team PNG Chef de Mission, Emma Waiwai and the General Team Management.

Team PNG have now settled into the Games village.

Katua and Baru going to Rio

The two secured invitations through the International Olympic Committee’s qualification systems.

This allows the best athletes in each sport to participate in the Games primarily through the continental qualification of athletes and teams.

Katua (60kg) is PNG's first Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist and will look to build on his Pacific Games and Commonwealth Youth Games gold medals from 2015.

Baru (62kg) on the other hand is currently PNG's top male lifter and won gold at the recent Oceania Championships. He also won best lifter of the championship title.

Rio 2016: Olympics should move due to Zika virus concerns

To press on with the Games in Rio, the second most affected city in Brazil by the Zika crisis, would be "irresponsible" and "unethical," the letter argued.

"Our greater concern is for global health. The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before," said the letter, signed by experts in the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada, Norway, the Philippines, Japan, Brazil and South Africa, among others.