Rome’s new mayor refuses to back 2024 Olympics bid

Rome’s new mayor refuses to back 2024 Olympics bid

Rome’s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics was dealt a potentially fatal blow on Wednesday after the city’s new mayor refused to give her formal backing. Giovanni Malago, president of Italy’s Olympic Committee (CONI), said last week the organisation would abandon its bid to host the Games in the event Virginia Raggi said no. […]

Olympics: France wins show jumping gold, Tony Parker bows out

Olympics: France wins show jumping gold, Tony Parker bows out

It was a day of mixed emotions for France at the Olympics in Rio on Wednesday as the country won gold in the team show jumping, but said goodbye to one of its top sporting stars as Tony Parker played his last basketball game for Les Bleus. The day also saw a Neymar-inspired Brazil storm […]

Crime wave and political unrest plague Rio Olympics

Crime wave and political unrest plague Rio Olympics

  The Olympic Games may have just begun, but crime and an overwhelmed police force threaten to overshadow this celebration of sport in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil has deployed 85,000 police and soldiers to combat crime and the threat of terrorism for the Olympics — double the number used in the 2012 London Games – […]

Tokyo elects first female governor as it prepares for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo elects first female governor as it prepares for 2020 Olympics

Voters in the Japanese capital elected their first woman governor on Sunday, after two predecessors stepped down over scandals that clouded the city’s preparations to host the 2020 summer Olympic Games. Yuriko Koike, Japan’s first female defence minister, beat former bureaucrat and fellow member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party Hiroya Masuda, as well as […]

Rio Olympics: Why a Moscow ban could extend far beyond just sports

Rio Olympics: Why a Moscow ban could extend far beyond just sports

Two weeks to the Rio Olympics and Russia’s participation is hanging by a thread after a slew of doping accusations. Faced with calls to be banned, some say it would be detrimental to Russia’s national pride and further polarise the giant of the East. As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday announced it was […]

Brazil boosts Olympics security following attack in Nice

Brazil boosts Olympics security following attack in Nice

Brazil said Friday it will bolster security for next month’s Olympics in Rio following the truck attack in the French city of Nice. Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer held an emergency meeting with his intelligence chief and members of his cabinet late Friday to weigh the next steps after the Nice attack, which killed at […]

WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika

WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or postponed due to the threat posed by a large outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil. Responding to a call from more than 100 leading scientists, who said it would be unethical for the Games to […]

Chinese Sports School: Training or Torture?

Chinese Sports School: Training or Torture?

“Sport is a serious business at the Shichahai School, which is one of more than 300 elite, and controversial, government-funded academies devoted to training the next generation of Chinese athletes”, writes Telegraph in a report published in 2008, just before the Beijing Olympics. Training for sports starts at a young age in China. Most were […]

Nailympics 2010: The Bizarre Fake Nail Olympics

Nailympics 2010: The Bizarre Fake Nail Olympics

Nailympics 2010, the self-styled ‘Olympic Games of fake nails’ was started in the USA ten years ago by three nail brands who wanted to create an impartial, non-profit making nail competition. This year it took place at the London Olympia on 19th- 20th September where the world’s top manicurists battled it out for medals in […]