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What will be the legacy of the Olympic Games in Rio?

(Media Release) Preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have been full of controversies and hurdles along the way. A severe recession in Brazil, a nationwide Zika outbreak and the governor of Rio declaring a state of financial emergency added strain to the difficult task of building venues and infrastructure. Is Brazil […]

Brazil Olympics: Ten arrested for ‘plotting ‘terror’

(Media Release) Brazilian police have arrested 10 members of a group alleged to be preparing acts of terrorism, two weeks before the start of the Olympic Games. They were not members of so-called Islamic State but had tried to make contact with the group, officials said. The justice minister said the group was in the […]

Rio Olympics 2016: Russia fails to overturn athlete ban for next month’s Games

(Media Release) Russian track and field athletes will remain banned from the Olympics following claims the country ran a state-sponsored doping programme. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 Russian athletes attempted to overturn the suspension, implemented by the body that governs world athletics. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has ruled it […]

Euro 2016: Iceland fans react after victory over England

(Media Release) It was the biggest game in Icelandic football history, and now they have become the smallest nation to reach the quarter finals of the European Championships. Having beaten the Netherlands to get a place in France, the team began Euro 2016 with an extraordinary draw against Goliath Portugal, prompting a sulky response of […]

Euro 2016: France expels Russia far-right fan chief Shprygin

(Media Release) The far-right leader of the Russian footballer supporters’ association is being thrown out of France following violence at the England-Russia Euro 2016 match in Marseille. Alexander Shprygin is among 20 Russian fans being deported. They were detained on Tuesday while travelling from Marseille to Lille to watch Russia face Slovakia. The arrests angered […]

Is Russia exporting a new breed of football hooligan?

(Media Release) Violence has been part of Russian football for many years. Clashes inside stadiums and organised fights away from them are common. But this weekend’s mass disturbances in Marseille have thrust Russian hooliganism into the international spotlight. The Russian Football Union expressed regret over the fighting and Russia’s sports minister described those involved as […]

Explaining the Leicester City story to Americans

(Media Release) If Leicester City win the Premier League, it will be one of the most captivating British sport stories in years. But how does a football-mad Englishman living in the US explain its importance to Americans? “Lie-kester.” “No, Leicester.” “Less-ester?” “No, Leicester. As in Lester.” “Oh. Why is it pronounced like that?” Trying, and […]

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