Athletes’ Olympic spirit is only hope of redeeming the sullied Rio 2016 Games

Like their host city, the Olympics stand at a crossroads and local apathy has been compounded by the recent Russian doping revelations
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As the sun rose over Copacabana and Rio de Janeiro scrambled to put on its best face on the eve of its Olympics, a gaggle of tourists were queuing to have their photographs taken with a giant version of the five rings installed in the picture postcard setting of one of the world’s most famous stretches of water.

Even now, the rings retain their allure. Despite the Russian doping revelations that have further eroded the world’s faith in what they are about to witness.

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