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Last updated: January 18, 2016 at 9:40 am

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Is There An Olympic Curse?
Conventional wisdom tells us that it is a “good” thing to host the Olympics but the “data” suggests otherwise

200 days to go: preparations for Rio 2016 Olympic Games enter the home straight
Rio 2016 will host and feed 10,500 of the world’s finest athletes in the Olympic Village. The restaurant, which has a floor-space of 25,000m2 and will serve 60,000 meals per day, will be furnished during this period.

Time running out for Russia
The newly elected head of Russian Athletics admitted it will be difficult for Russia to end the ban imposed on the country’s athletes in time for the Rio Olympics.

“Brazil is prepared” says Rio 2016 security chief
Andrei Rodrigues, the special safety secretary at Brazil’s Ministry of Justice, has assured spectators, athletes and volunteers attending the Rio 2016 Olympic Games that the country is prepared to deal with the threat of terrorist attacks on the host city.

A century on since Berlin 1916: The Phantom Olympics
A hundred years ago the Olympics were scheduled for Berlin, but they never took place because of war. The 1916 Games were the first to be cancelled in the modern era.

Has the time come for a “Super-Olympics”?
Tongue in cheek article suggesting an Olympics with Captain America type humans, where doping is encouraged and super human performances are achieved.

Canadian Olympic Committee vow to change culture following sexual harassment scandal involving former President
Sweeping changes are being introduced by the Canadian Olympic Committee to clean up the organization following last year’s sexual harassment scandal involving former President, Marcel Aubut.

IOC to study WADA Independent Commission report claiming wrongdoing in Tokyo 2020 victory
Evidence suggesting an athletics sponsorship deal may have unfairly influenced Tokyo’s victory in the race for the 2020 Olympics.

IOC asks for transcripts suggesting 2020 Olympic bid bribery
The Olympic body said Friday it has asked the World Anti-Doping Agency’s independent commission for transcripts from its report on doping and corruption in track and field that raises the possibility that $5 million in sponsorship money was paid to help Tokyo secure the games.

Bob Costas: Why We Love the 2016 Olympics
“One of the things I enjoy most about the Olympics is the stories—about the athletes, the history of the games and the host city. After years of preparation, and for 17 days at every venue, everyone pours their heart and soul into what they hope will be the performance of a lifetime.”

Tokyo Olympic committee puzzled by reference to IAAF payment
Tokyo 2020 Olympics spokeswoman says a reference in the World Anti-Doping agency panel report into the IAAF that suggests Japan paid several million dollars to the track and field international governing body is “beyond our understanding.”

The Favela Residents Who Won’t Make Room For The Olympics
More than 4,100 families have been removed from their homes to make room the Olympics.

Japan enjoys pre-Olympic tourism boom
Foreign visitors spent $30 billion in Japan last year, more than the previous high of $17 billion in 2014.

Copyright row erupts over Tokyo 2020 stadium as architects of scrapped plan claim new design has “significant similarities”
“We can confirm that we received and rejected a written request to modify our existing contract to allow the transfer of the copyright of the detailed design for the Japan National Stadium, owned by ZHA, in exchange for an overdue final payment.”

Rio Mayor Confident The City Has The Funds To Host The 2016 Olympic Games
Rio’s problems have been documented daily. The total budget of the Olympics is $10 billion with 60% privately funded.

Olympic medals should be worth money
The IOC doesn’t pay prize money to Olympic athletes. Billions of dollars flow through the IOC during Olympic years, very little (or none) directly into athletes pockets.

South African Federation prepares for Rio
South African athletes will have at least three opportunities in the next few months to qualify for the Olympics. Once an athlete qualifies they will attend multiple international training camps.

Fears grow ahead of Rio 2016 after protests against rising transport prices turn violent
Around 2,000 protesters in Rio attacked police and members of the Municipal Guard, Globo have reported, as well as vandalizing buses and setting up a burning barricade in a demonstration organized by the Free Fare Movement.

Former Olympians helping provide Rio 2016 with guidance to ensure best athlete experienceBrazilian Olympians Giovane Gávio and Sebastián Cuattrin, a former canoeist, are among those who have been employed by Rio 2016, to reflect on their experiences of their appearances at past Olympics and offer solutions to potential problems.

Fire Breaks out at Rio Olympic Park After Labor Unrest
A fire broke out in a shipping container near the tennis venue at Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Park on Thursday and may have been intentionally set by protesting former workers, the G1 news website of Brazil’s Globo media group reported.

Belgian designer yet to resolve Tokyo 2020 plagiarism row with IOC
The graphic designer began a lawsuit in August after claiming that the initial logo, designed by Kenjiro Sano, was overly similar to one he created for the Théâtre de Liège in Belgium. He wants $56,000.

The Rio Olympics are a mess 7 months before the opening ceremony
How will fans get to the stadiums? Outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases. Economic Crisis. Sewage infested water. Public Outcry. Sounds Fun!

Panasonic sponsorship boosts cash-strapped Rio Olympics
Facing severe budget cuts in almost all aspects of the games, the Rio de Janeiro Olympics are boosted by Panasonic signing on as a sponsor of the opening and closing ceremonies.

Boston Mayor blames Olympic Movement for setting “unrealistic expectations”
Mayor Marty Walsh has claimed the sports world needs to reassess the way in which bids for the Olympics are sold.

Rio mayor insists Olympics will weather Brazil crisis
The International Monetary Fund expects Brazil will stay in recession in 2016 and the World Bank has forecast a 2.5 percent contraction this year.

Former Olympian runs from persecution
Shazia Hidayat endured regular intimidation, death threats and violence on her path to becoming Pakistan’s first female runner to compete in the Olympics

Married Couples Winning Olympic Gold Medals
It’s a rare feat, but Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton are both looking to bring home gold this year.