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Rio Olympics 2016: Spectacular closing ceremony as Olympic flag goes to Tokyo

The Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo. The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil’s arts and was held in a wet Maracana. Among the highlights were Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade. “These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city,” said International Olympic Committee ... Read More »

I understand things will be very different from now on: PV Sindhu

RIO de JANEIRO: “What do I say?” Sindhu beamed, Olympic silver medal hanging around her neck, adding to her overall allure. “I’m on cloud nine. It’s been a surprisingly great week. I played well, I had some great matches and now, I am Olympic silver medallist.” Then India’s newest woman-child stopped. And exhaled. It was a deep breath. A happy ... Read More »

Rio Olympics: Heartbreak for Abhinav Bindra, men’s hockey team

Fans of Indian sport were given two heart-breaking results on day three of the 2016 Rio Olympics, both within moments of each other. Having beaten Ireland 3-2 in their first group match on Saturday, the men’s hockey team conceded a goal with three seconds left to lose 1-2 to Germany; not long after, Abhinav Bindra exited his final Olympics by ... Read More »

Rio 2016: Refugee Olympic Team Steals The Show In Opening Ceremony

The Rio 2016 games officially kicked off with a magnificent opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium. However, one new team stole the show as they entered during the Athletes parade. The Rio 2016 Olympics officially kicked off with a magnificent opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janiero on Saturday. A total of 206 nations displayed their strength ... Read More »

Rio 2016: Hope sticks out for Indian hockey team

Over the years, the sport in the country has had a hefty blend of every possible emotion: elation, dejection, anger, pride, helplessness, hope. Of the 120 athletes that will strive to make the country proud over the next 20 days at the Rio Olympics, a major chunk of the spotlight will be on 16 men. No prizes for guessing, it’s ... Read More »

Olympic torch riot deepens Rio Games woes

A riot during the Olympic torch relay on Thursday cast a shadow over the Rio Games starting in just over a week, marking a new low in a ritual that was meant to unite Brazil. The torch is nearing the end of a 300-city relay that will end with the lighting of the Olympic flame in the Maracana stadium at ... Read More »

Doping scandals reduce interest in Olympics, says BBC survey

Doping scandals have reduced public interest in the Olympics, according to a poll for the BBC World Service. A majority of 57%, from 19,000 people surveyed across 19 countries, said doping has had “a lot” or “some” negative effect on the level of attention they will pay the Games. Respondents from Germany and the host nation, Brazil, were least affected. ... Read More »

Rio Olympics 2016: Wada criticises IOC for failing to ban Russian team

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) is “disappointed” its recommendation to ban Russia from next month’s Olympic Games in Rio has been rejected. Following the country’s doping scandal, the International Olympic Committee has left it up to individual sports’ federations to ban Russian competitors. Wada “stands by” its recommendation last month of a full Russia team ban. And Wada chief Olivier ... Read More »