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August 6, 2016

Australian swim team pulled from Rio training pool when water turns \’soupy\’

Australian swim team pulled from Rio training pool when water turns ‘soupy’

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Concerns about water quality at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games have expanded to include the inside training pool: top Australian swimming coach Michael Bohl moved his Olympic athletes from the main training pool on Thursday citing fear of infection.

The team had a pre-booked session in the training pool where they would have practiced uninterrupted. However, during the session the water in the pool turned, as Bohl described, “cloudy” and “soupy looking”. Concerned about his athletes’ health, he moved them from the training pool to the busier, but cleaner, main competition pool.

Bohl took his concerns to officials and was told the matter would be looked into.

This comes off the back of other water concerns in Rio, particularly in the Guanabara Bay venue for outdoor water events. An Associated Press-commissioned study found Rio’s Olympic waterways contained as much as 1.7 million times worse viral levels than the emergency threshold in Europe or the US. As a result, athletes were advised to keep their mouths closed and avoid putting their heads underwater or risk falling ill.

Swimming events at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games are to begin today.



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August 3, 2016

Olympics \”Day -2\” includes six women\’s football matches

Olympics “Day -2” includes six women’s football matches

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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American swimmers Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps are seen here in the restaurant of the Athletes Village. At the event’s peak, the venue will prepare 60,000 meals each day. Phelps’ diet has received headlines in the past, clocking in at 12,000 calories a day in 2008.

It’s two days to go until the opening ceremonies, but the football competitions for the 2016 Summer Olympics have begun in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Meanwhile, athletes are arriving to the Olympic Village, which has been one of the many lightning rods of controversy for the event.

Wednesday includes six women’s football match-ups, between Sweden and South Africa, Canada and Australia, Brazil and China, Zimbabwe and Germany, United States and New Zealand, France and Colombia. Canada’s forward Janine Beckie scored a goal just 20 seconds into the game, the quickest in Olympic history. The team beat Australia 2-0.

The men face off Thursday with Iraq vs Denmark, Honduras vs Algeria, Brazil vs South Africa, Mexico vs Germany, Portugal vs Argentina, Sweden vs Colombia, Fiji vs South Korea, and Nigeria vs Japan.

Canada vs. Australia

Zimbabwe vs. Germany

Many athletes are arriving in Rio, for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Teams are welcomed with ceremonies, the India, Bahama, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Norway delegations receiving their a 45-minute welcome Wednesday. While members of the US swim team have been photographed in the Athletes Village restaurant, recent reports suggest that Team USA men’s basketball will be staying in a luxury cruise ship, docked off the Port of Rio. Canadian tennis player Daniel Nestor has suggested the village lacks hot water. Members of the Australian team had their three laptops stolen last week, during a building evacuation due to a nearby fire.



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Men\’s, women\’s football team face off in Rio, before Olympics official open

Men’s, women’s football team face off in Rio, before Olympics official open

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Canada versus Australia. Agência Brasil Fotografias

American swimmers Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps are seen here in the restaurant of the Athletes Village. At the event’s peak, the venue will prepare 60,000 meals each day. Phelps’ diet has received headlines in the past, clocking in at 12,000 calories a day in 2008.

Leading up to the Olympic Games opening ceremonies on Friday, football competitions for the 2016 Summer Olympics began two days before in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Wednesday’s schedule included six women’s football match-ups, between Sweden and South Africa, Canada and Australia, Brazil and China, Zimbabwe and Germany, United States and New Zealand, France and Colombia. Canada’s forward Janine Beckie scored a goal just 20 seconds into the game, the quickest in Olympic history. The team beat Australia 2-0.

The men faced off Thursday with Iraq vs Denmark, Honduras vs Algeria, Brazil vs South Africa, Mexico vs Germany, Portugal vs Argentina, Sweden vs Colombia, Fiji vs South Korea, and Nigeria vs Japan.

Canada vs. Australia

Zimbabwe vs. Germany

When teams arrived at the Athletes Village, they were welcomed with 45-minute ceremonies. While members of the US swim team have been photographed in the Athletes Village restaurant, recent reports suggest that Team USA men’s basketball will be staying in a luxury cruise ship, docked off the Port of Rio. Canadian tennis player Daniel Nestor has suggested the village lacks hot water. Members of the Australian team had their three laptops stolen last week, during a building evacuation due to a nearby fire.



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June 5, 2016

Boxing great Muhammed Ali dies aged 74

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Boxing great Muhammed Ali dies aged 74

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Legendary boxing great Muhammed Ali died on Friday aged 74 in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. A family spokesperson said Ali had been admitted with respiratory problems. The former heavyweight champion lived with Parkinson’s disease for decades, diagnosed in 1984.

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Born on January 17, 1942 as Cassius Marcellus Clay, he changed his name to Muhammed Ali after his 1964 conversion to Islam. In his professional career, Ali won 56 out of 61 fights — including 31 consecutive wins. He won the World Heavyweight Championship three times and had also won an Olympic gold medal in the light-heavyweight category.

Often considered the greatest boxer of all time, Ali was the world heavyweight champion in the 1960s and 1970s. His famous fights with George Foreman in 1974 when he won his title back and against Joe Frazier are considered by many as two of the greatest fights in the sport’s history. Ali had also defeated Sonny Liston to claim the championship title.

Ali was also known as a political activist. He came under considerable controversy after his decision to refuse the Vietnam War draft.

He lit the flame in the 1996 Olympics hosted in Atlanta.

His funeral is to be in Kentucky.



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June 4, 2016

Boxing great Muhammed Ali dies

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Legendary boxing great Muhammed Ali died yesterday aged 74 in a Phoenix Hospital in the United States due to respiratory issues. The former heavyweight champion was diagonised with Parkinson’s disease in 1984.

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A source close to the family confirmed that he was close to death on Friday night (local time).

Born on January 17, 1942 as Cassius Marcellus Clay, he changed his name to Muhammed Ali in 1964 after converting to Islam. In his professional career, Ali won 56 out of 61 fights—including 31 consecutive wins. He won the World Heavyweight Championship three times and had also won an Olympics gold medal in light-weight category.

Considered the greatest boxer of all time, Ali was the world heavyweight champion in the 1960’s and 1970’s. His famous fights with George Foreman in 1972 when he won his title back and against Joe Frazier are considered by many as two of the greatest fights in the sport’s history. Ali had also defeated Sonny Liston to claim the championship title.

Ali was known throughout the 70’s for his strong positions on issues in the United States of America, such as race and religion. He light the torch in the 1996 Olympics hosted in Atlanta.

He came under considerable controversy after his decision to be a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. His funeral would take place in Kentucky.



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June 3, 2016

Amnesty International Report names Rio de Janeiro \”deadliest city on earth.\”

Amnesty International Report names Rio de Janeiro “deadliest city on earth.”

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Amnesty International released a report on Thursday naming the city of Rio de Janeiro one of the deadliest cities on earth.

In attempt to make the city safe for the approaching Olympic Games set to open on August 5th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian Authorities have been participating in a protected law enforcement crackdown that has resulted in more than 100, mostly young residents, to be killed alone this year.

The report, titled ‘Violence has no place in these games! Risk of human rights violations at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games’, states that police operation homicides rose 40 percent in 2015 and then again by an additional 11 percent in 2015. It has been reported that 645 people were killed by law enforcement alone.

The Brazil Director for Amnesty International, Atila Roque, stated on Tuesday that when Rio was awarded the 2016 Olympic Games in 2009, the authorities promised to improve security for all. He continued to say that instead 2,500 people killed by police since then in the city and very little justice.”

The Amnesty report went on to identify Brazilian authorities plans to deploy 65,000 police officers and an additional 20,000 military officers for the duration of the games, reflecting their failure to learn from similar incidents that occurred during the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, which saw a violation of human rights with many injured and detained during police operations.

Matt Bradley, regional security director for International SOS, says that hundred of employees will be present during the games, providing security services and care to a variety of Olympic Sponsors. The company will also set up private medical clinics in Rio for their clients. “We know that during the games, even the regular hospitals will be overrun with cases, so we’ve actually set up special clinics to make sure [clients] get proper medical treatment if they need it,” Bradley told the The International Business Times.

Amnesty concluded that Brazilian authorities must “take all appropriate measures” to ensure violations of human rights do not take place as a consequence of hosting the 2016 Olympic Games.



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May 29, 2016

WHO rejects concern to postpone Rio Olympics ahead of Zika Virus outbreak

WHO rejects concern to postpone Rio Olympics ahead of Zika Virus outbreak

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The Olympic Games remain set to take place in Rio de Janeiro this August ahead of the Zika Virus threat after the World Health Organisation has dismissed concern to relocate or postpone the tournament, despite experts warning otherwise.

In wake of the Zika threat, 150 experts including a former White House science advisor rallied together to produce a signed and open letter to WHO, addressing their mutual concern that the incurable virus could manifest and therefore spread more rapidly in the Brazilian city as an influx of foreign visitors arrive.

Despite their distress, a spokesperson from the UN health body urged that the spread of the Zika Virus would not be prevented by moving or postponing the games in Rio, even after the country recently recorded to have high cases of the mosquito-borne disease.

According to a WHO statement, “Brazil is one of almost 60 countries and territories which to date report continuing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes. People continue to travel between these countries and territories for a variety of reasons. The best way to reduce risk of disease is to follow public health travel advice.” The statement also assured the public that the situation would continue to be monitored and that updates and necessary advice would be issued if circumstances were to change.

In light of the letter to WHO, the main concern of Bournemouth University’s reproductive health professor Edwin Van Teijlingen, who was one of the 150 academics involved, was that countries with poorer health systems would be able to facilitate in spreading the virus as people returned homed from Rio.

Despite having alarm about the letter itself, Van Teijlingen admitted that the main purpose of gaining a high number of supporting academic signatures was not in fact to get the games moved or postponed, but rather to raise awareness of the threat to the public health system that the Zika Virus currently poses.

As Brazil currently stands to be the second most affected city by the Zika Virus, the letter argued that it would be “unethical” and “irresponsible” to otherwise press on with the Rio games, as Australian experts believe that it positions an unimaginable risk.

Even with such heavy concern surrounding the virus and the Olympic event, former Olympic pentathlete Heather Fell told the BBC’s Today program that it was very common in her time for athletes to disregard medical advice from their doctors because of the passion, hard work and training that goes into Olympic level competing. The British star added that for anyone to decide not to travel to Brazil because of the importance placed on the games, a “world-changing” event would have to happen, and the Zika Virus is currently not that to hard working competitors.


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April 23, 2016

The Rio 2016 olympic flame is lit in Olympia

The Rio 2016 olympic flame is lit in Olympia

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

At little over 100 days the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Thursday the morning from was ignited the Olympic flame in a ceremony held in the temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece. The solar noon, actress Katerina Lehu, in the role of priestess and accompanied by 14 virgins, was commissioned to light the flame through a parabolic mirror who deflected solar rays towards the first torch.

After turning on the “sacred fire” passed Lehu fire to the first torchbearer, the gymnast Lefteris Petrunias. Also, one of the first relievers was a Syrian refugee in the name of all mistreated by wars will carry the baton in a refugee camp Eleonas” reported El País.

“Today we write history, these Olympic Games will be a message of hope in these difficult times and the flame will contribute that message to every corner of Brazil and the whole world,” said Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee. Along six days, the Olympic torch will pass through more than 2000 kilometers of Greek territory, going on Marathon and the island of Corfu. This part of the ride will end at the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, site of the first Games of the Olympiad.

Subsequently, the flame travels by plane to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne where he will stay for a week. Later, on May 2, it will be moved to Brasilia. The tradition of the Olympic flame comes from the ancient Olympic Games and commemorates Prometheus stealing fire from the gods and handed over to humanity. The trip relay from Olympia to the Olympic site was introduced by Carl Diem in Berlin 1936.



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Rio 2016 Olympic flame lit in Olympia

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

A little over 100 days before the scheduled start of the 2016 Summer Olympics, on Thursday the Olympic flame was ignited in a ceremony at the temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece. Actress Katerina Lehu played the role of priestess accompanied by fourteen virgins, lighting the flame at solar noon using sunlight focused by a parabolic mirror.

After lighting the “sacred fire” Lehu passed it to its first bearer, gymnast Lefteris Petrunias. According to El País, another torchbearer is to be a Syrian refugee, bearing it in the Eleonas refugee camp.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said the lighting ceremony was writing history, and the Olympic Games would bring a message of hope in difficult times to Brazil and to the whole world. Over six days, the Olympic torch is to pass through more than 2000 kilometers of Greek territory, going through Marathon and the island of Corfu. This part of the ride ends at the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games of the Olympiad.

Subsequently, the flame travels by plane to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne where it is to stay for a week. Later, on May 2, it is to be moved to Brasilia. The relay trip of the Olympic flame from Olympia to the Olympic site was introduced by Carl Diem in the Berlin 1936 Games.



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October 9, 2015

Three FIFA officials suspended for ninety days

Three FIFA officials suspended for ninety days

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Friday, October 9, 2015

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—Thomas Bach, IOC President

Three top FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) officials have been suspended from their jobs yesterday for a period of ninety days pending an internal inquiry into alleged corruption. The three are FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Vice President Michel Platini and Secretary General Jérôme Valcke. They aren’t allowed to participate in football-related activities during their suspensions.

Blatter was going to serve as president until February 2016, although he was elected to a five year term on May 29 this year.

The suspensions have been issued by FIFA’s Independent Ethics Committee, in the wake of the decision of Swiss authorities to investigate possible criminal charges against Blatter. The authorities are looking into an “unfavourable” contract signed by Blatter and a “disloyal payment” involving Platini. Valcke was already suspended from his job, allegedly involved in a controversy about FIFA World Cup tickets. These followed a US investigation in May 2015, which implicated fourteen FIFA employees in bribery and racketeering, and a Swiss inquiry about the conduct of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process.

The ethics committee has the power to increase the length of the suspensions by a further forty five days if it deems this necessary. The suspensions would then end just days before FIFA holds elections for a new president, for which Platini is a possible candidate. However, there have been calls for the reform of FIFA, by major sponsors and the International Olympic Committee, whose president, Thomas Bach, said “enough is enough”.



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