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  • 5 things to know about filthy water awaiting Rio Olympians

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Associated Press commissioned a study of the virus and bacteria levels in the waters where Olympic athletes will compete next year in Rio de Janeiro. The testing found dangerously high levels of pathogens from human sewage waste.

    The Associated Press19 mins ago
  • No move to alter Olympic venues despite water contamination

    Sailors and other athletes preparing for the Olympics have been training for months in contaminated waters where the Rio Games will be held. Many believe moving events now would put them at a disadvantage, even though water-quality tests analyzed by The Associated Press show athletes have a high…

    The Associated Press21 mins ago
  • AP Investigation: What's in Rio's water? AP explains tests

    Sewage pollution has long been a problem for Rio de Janeiro, and officials promised they would use the 2016 Summer Olympics as the springboard to finally clean up this stunningly beautiful city's waterways. The AP teamed up with a noted Brazilian virologist to test water at three sites where…

    The Associated Press23 mins ago
  • Rio Olympics to have double security personnel of London games

    Rio de Janeiro will deploy double the number of security personnel for next year's Olympic Games than were used in the 2012 London games, officials said Thursday. Some 85,000 personnel will be deployed, including 38,000 military troops, Rio's security secretary, Andrei Passos Rodrigues, told a…

  • Olympic sailors, rowers shrug off reports of Rio's polluted waters

    Sailors and rowers were not worried about getting sick during the Rio Olympics next year despite reports that waters to be used for events have pollution levels equivalent to raw sewage, competitors said on Thursday. The International Olympic Committee reacted by reiterating that the health and…

  • AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth

    An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues - results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.…

    The Associated Press
  • IOC president reminds members about responsibilities

    By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - With world soccer's governing body FIFA embroiled in a corruption scandal, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) sent a sobering reminder to global sports leaders on Thursday about their responsibilities. In a clear reference to the FIFA…

  • Beijing favorite in IOC vote for 2022 Winter Olympics

    It's a contest between China, the world's most populous nation and a rising global giant with a huge economy, against a young country and former Soviet republic in Central Asia that is hoping to establish itself as a player on the world stage. Against that backdrop and after a low-key campaign,…

    The Associated Press
  • Beijing, Almaty make final pitch for Winter Olympics 2022 votes

    Beijing and Almaty made their final bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics with China's basketball legend Yao Ming countering Kazakhstan's prime minister in the battle to sway decision-makers ahead of Friday's vote. China, because of its political and economic clout, is the strong favourite in the…

  • Factbox: Beijing 2022 winter Olympics bid

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Facts about Beijing, which is bidding, along with Almaty, to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee will elect the winning city on Friday. Population: 21 million, capital of China Location: northeastern China, at the North China Plain Altitude:…

  • Factbox: Almaty 2022 Winter Olympics bid

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Facts about Almaty, which is bidding, along with Beijing, to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee will elect the winning city on Friday. Population: 1.6 million, the largest city of Kazakhstan Location: at the foot of the Tien Shan mountains…

  • Thomas Bach: IOC must uphold ethical standards

    The International Olympic Committee needs to show it is serious about maintaining ethical credibility and staying free of corruption, IOC President Thomas Bach said Thursday. ''We need to demonstrate that we are indeed walking the walk and not just talking the talk,'' Bach said in a keynote speech…

    The Associated Press
  • Japan dismisses plagiarism claims over 2020 logo

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo Olympics organizers said there is no problem with their new logo after discussions arose about possible plagiarism, with internet commentators suggesting there was a resemblance to an overseas design. The emblem, unveiled last week, had already received…

  • AP Investigation: Dirty Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

    The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as for visitors to the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro. An Associated Press investigation found…

    The Associated Press
  • Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic bid at a glance

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee will vote Friday on the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, choosing between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    The Associated Press
  • 2022 Olympic host city vote at a glance

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics will be decided Friday in a vote of the International Olympic Committee. The two candidates are Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Here's a quick look at the election:

    The Associated Press
  • Fur trade a goldmine for China's Olympic bid city

    China's proposed Winter Olympics co-host boasts pristine ski slopes carpeted with artificial snow, but the city once dubbed the country's "fur capital" is also home to tens of thousands of caged rabbits and mink bred for their skins. The Chinese bid, the favourite to win the right to host the 2022…

  • Activists aim to derail Beijing's bid for Winter Olympics

    By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - Human rights activists are stepping up efforts to derail Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, hoping their protests and petitions can thwart what appears to be almost certain victory for the Chinese capital. Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics…