Rio 2016 Olympics

Rio 2016: Neymar? Brazil must stop us - Hrubesch

Germany coach Horst Hrubesch has no interest in talking about Neymar, warning Brazil they needed to stop his team in the men's football final at the Rio Olympics.

Hrubesch's men have scored 21 goals on their way to Saturday's decider, with Serge Gnabry and Nils Petersen netting six apiece.

Rio 2016: Gatlin is slowing down - Bolt

Usain Bolt was unsurprised to see Justin Gatlin fail to make the final of the 200 metres at Rio 2016, claiming the American is "slowing down".

Reigning champion and world record holder Bolt booked his place in the final by winning his heat in a season's best 19.78 seconds, though Andre De Grasse ran him close to the line.

Thompson holds off Schippers to claim sprint double

Elaine Thompson claimed a remarkable sprint double at Rio 2016 as she held off world champion Dafne Schippers to take gold in the 200 metres.

Schippers came into the race as the overwhelming favourite having beaten Thompson to World Championship gold last year and in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

Rio 2016: Olympics should move due to Zika virus concerns

To press on with the Games in Rio, the second most affected city in Brazil by the Zika crisis, would be "irresponsible" and "unethical," the letter argued.

"Our greater concern is for global health. The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before," said the letter, signed by experts in the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada, Norway, the Philippines, Japan, Brazil and South Africa, among others.

Tonga hopeful its flag will fly in Rio

The Tongan athletes would, however, be parading under the IOC flag and not under the Tongan flag.

When all financial assistance from the IOC to Tonga was suspended in June 2015 the Tonga Sports Association/National Olympic Committee (TASANOC) was given a deadline for 15 February to shape-up.

The IOC has demanded that TASANOC submit missing financial reports and make some fundamental changes to its Constitution within the February 15 timeline.

Tonga's participation at Rio Olympics in doubt

 Fe’ao Vakata, the Minister for Internal Affairs and Sports informed the Tongan parliament of this decision this week.

The Minister said that one of the IOC requirements is for TASA to amend its constitution. The IOC was also still waiting for TASA to respond to offers of scholarship allocations for Tongan athletes.

TASA needs to meet the IOC demands within ten days.

The issue was raised in the House during the week because of the visit to Tonga by a Papua New Guinea Delegation to assess Tonga’s needs to be able to host the 2019 Pacific Games.

FINA says Rio 2016 arrangements compromise athletes’ safety

FINA has accused them of showing “disrespect” for their requirements by providing substandard facilities and failing to act on warnings about the hazardous nature of the open water swimning venue at Copacabana beach and nearby open-air venues for diving, water polo and synchronised swimming.

In a letter seen by Associated Press, the FINA President, Julio Maglione, has complained to the Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes about a range of issues.