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Two dead after new bike lane collapses in Rio

A bike lane, one of the projects aimed at sprucing up Rio de Janeiro ahead of this summer's Olympic Games, has collapsed into the ocean, killing two people.

Syrian bomb victim to carry Olympic torch

A victim of the war in Syria who was once a competitive swimmer, will take part in the Olympic torch relay in Greece to raise awareness to the plight of refugees from his homeland. A 27-year-old Syrian refugee who was granted asylum in Greece will be a torch-bearer for the Rio Games and will run with the Olympic flame through a refugee camp in Athens next week.Ibrahim al-Hussein crossed the Aegean sea on a rubber boat from Turkey to Greece in 2014 after fleeing fighting in Syria which cost him part of his leg in a bombing, the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said.He has been given asylum in Greece, the main route into Europe since 2015 for more than a million people from conflict-wracked or poor countries in the Middle-East, Asia and Africa.Al Hussein now works in a cafe in Athens. The son of a swimming coach, he and many of his 13 siblings swam competitively from the age of five. He used a suspension bridge in the city of Deir ez-Zor as a diving board until it was destroyed during the war.His right leg was amputated from the mid-calf down and he now walks with a prosthetic leg that a private doctor arranged for him to receive for free.In Athens, al-Hussein trains as a swimmer at a former Olympic sport complex for the Athens 2004 Games and also plays for a wheelchair basketball team in an Athens suburb."The whole thing was like a test," he says of losing his leg."Not a small thing to go through. At first I didn't accept it, but finally I came to terms with it. I lived like there's nothing wrong and I'm still doing that. The truth is I've lost my leg but I'm just like everyone else."He once dreamed of competing in the Olympics but his athletics career was ended by the war and his injury.He said bearing the Olympic flame would be an honour, and he would carry it for all Syrians and r

Flame lands in troubled Brazil for 94-day relay to Games

President Dilma Rousseff lit the Olympic torch in Brazil's capital and pledged that political turmoil engulfing her nation would not harm the first Games to be held in South America.
May 04, 2016 | 08:23 am GMT+7

New research finds low risk of Zika virus at Olympics

New research attempting to calculate the risk of the Zika virus at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro may reassure organizers and many of the more than 500,000 athletes and fans expected to travel to the epicenter of the epidemic.
June 07, 2016 | 07:58 pm GMT+7

Olympics-Australian Paralympic sailor robbed at gunpoint in Rio

An Australian Paralympic sailor and team official were robbed at gunpoint while training in Rio de Janeiro at the weekend, raising fears about the security of athletes and tourists in the leadup to the Olympic Games.
June 21, 2016 | 11:38 am GMT+7

Michael Phelps becomes the first male U.S. swimmer to make five consecutive Olympics

Michael Phelps, who came out of retirement in 2014 and rededicated himself to the pool, punched his ticket to the Rio Games on Wednesday by winning the 200 metres butterfly at the U.S. Olympic trials.
June 30, 2016 | 08:23 am GMT+7

Olympic flame stops in Seoul on journey to Pyeongchang

The outlook for next month's sporting extravaganza has brightened since North Korea confirmed its participation.
January 13, 2018 | 04:39 pm GMT+7

North Korean delegation arrives in South Korea for Olympics prep

North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games.
January 21, 2018 | 09:26 am GMT+7

No Samsung phones, Nike uniforms for N.Koreans? Sanctions cloud Olympic perks

For months, South Korea has sought North Korea's participation in the hopes it will ease tensions and prevent violent incidents.
February 02, 2018 | 02:11 pm GMT+7

N Korea says no US talks planned at Olympics, Pence vows continued pressure

However, the North's high-ranking delegation will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in and have lunch with him on Saturday.
February 09, 2018 | 08:12 am GMT+7

Anti-North Korea protesters burn flags before Olympic opening ceremony

Protesters burnt pictures of the reclusive state's leader, Kim Jong Un, as around 800 people gathered for a march.
February 09, 2018 | 03:20 pm GMT+7

Korean unity, historic handshake as Pyeongchang Olympics open

South and North Korea last marched together at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
February 10, 2018 | 07:58 am GMT+7

On paper, Russia's Olympic podium chances strong despite ban

47 banned coaches and athletes had appealed the IOC decision but on Friday their appeals were dismissed.
February 11, 2018 | 08:55 am GMT+7

Kim Jong Un and Seoul envoys discuss possible inter-Korean summit

The delegation from Seoul is pushing for talks between the nuclear-armed regime and the U.S.
March 06, 2018 | 08:22 am GMT+7

North Korea will take part in next two Olympics: IOC Chief Bach

KCNA said Kim expressed thanks for the IOC’s support and for cooperating with North Korea 'regardless of any political climate and conditions.'
March 31, 2018 | 01:10 pm GMT+7
 
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