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Rio declares three days of mourning after fire kills 10 teenage footballers

Flamengo president says it is ‘the worst tragedy to happen to the club in its 123 years’Rio de Janeiro has declared three days of mourning as investigators seek to determine the cause of the fire that killed 10 teenage footballers at the training centr…

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What is Rio’s Olympic legacy?

The Games in Brazil were a success on TV, but chaos, crime and corruption have dogged the city. Locals weigh up whether the price was worth a renovated port and better transport links

As an early-evening rain begins to pour, a family of four peer through the fence at Rio’s darkened Olympic park. Four months after the Games ended, there are few signs of life.

Leonardo Pasta, 40, an IT technician, and his family are Brazilian but live in Stoke-on-Trent, so their experience of the Games – like most people’s – was confined to television. “I thought they were really good,” Pasta says, as he leads his children into a new bus rapid transit (BRT) line station. “There is always the question of corruption, but they left a good image.” His wife, Danielle Santos, who works in retail, agrees. “With all the worry we had before, the result was more positive than we expected,” she says.

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GB Paralympians in Rio overtake gold medal haul from London 2012

Dame Sarah Storey’s latest gold was followed by team’s 36th, 37th and 38th golds coming in 15-minute burst

Great Britain’s Paralympians have bettered their tally of 34 gold medals from London 2012 after Dame Sarah Storey won the C5 road time trial to clinch the team’s 35th gold on day seven of the Games.

Storey’s win set up a gold rush in Rio. In one 15-minute burst on Wednesday afternoon, ParalympicsGB won their 36th, 37th and 38th gold as Kadeena Cox ran home to claim the women’s T38 women’s 400m final minutes before her Paralympic Village flatmate Karen Darke won the handcycling time trial. Sophie Wells then won the dressage grade four individual championship test to complete a memorable afternoon.

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Extreme wheelchair jump kicks off Rio Paralympics opening ceremony – video

Highlights of the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics taking place at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio on Wednesday night. The show kicks off with Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham, an extreme wheelchair athlete from Las Vegas, pulling off a spectacular stunt jump as fireworks explode on either side of him. During the parade of nations, more than 6,000 photos of the athletes form a beating heart, before the Paralympic torch is lit to begin the Games

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Paralympics: Belarus stages pro-Russia protest during opening ceremony

Athletes supported Russia, banned from Games due to doping allegations, by carrying country’s flag during procession

The colour, noise and goodwill on show during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games was punctured when the Belarus team mounted a protest against the International Paralympic Committee’s decision to ban Russia from Rio 2016.

Sir Philip Craven, the president of the IPC, had earlier strongly defended the Russian Paralympic Committee’s total exclusion from the Paralympics, arguing that evidence of state-sponsored doping was effectively an attempt by Russia to legalise cheating for the benefit of their athletes. However, Belarus defied the IPC and risked sanctions by carrying a Russian flag into the Maracanã stadium during the parade of athletes. The flag was later confiscated and the IPC is understood to be considering how to proceed.

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Paralympic torch arrives in Rio as archbishop praises all competitors – video

The Paralympic torch arrives in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday evening, carried by Brazilian judo gold medalist Rafaela Silva. The torch is taken to Christ the Redeemer statue in an event attended by the Archbishop of Rio, Cardinal Dom Orani Tempesta, follo…

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Rio panic over Paralympics as ticket prices slashed to £2.30

Athletes fly in for opening ceremony as online campaign launched to fill stadiums with children

Less than a week before the Paralympics opens, organisers are hoping that a late surge of interest will help them to fill seats, stretch budgets and avoid criticism that the second stage of Rio 2016 will be remembered as the “neglected Games”.

Financial cuts, downgraded facilities, volunteer shortfalls and poor ticket sales have overshadowed the countdown to the opening ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium on Wednesday, prompting fears that the events could be even more sparsely attended than for the Olympics last month.

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Rio 2016 Olympics closing ceremony – live!

11.27pm BST

So while the rest of you are watching sporting highlights, we in the stadium have an announcer singing to us. I think we may be supposed to sing along. The words appear to be “Denanananananana.” It’s a bit like listening to a mum trying to get her kids to play nicely and stop crying, except she has a microphone.

Stage is set for the #ClosingCeremony for #Rio2016 … Very wet and windy… Expect to see some soggy performers! pic.twitter.com/vux16LVMza

11.24pm BST

Simone Biles will be USA’s holder-in-chief. I’d say at 4ft 9in she’s a little small to be carrying a huge flag but she’s proved fairly well over the last few weeks that she has a bit of strength. Canada will be led in by swimmer Penny Oleksiak, who won four medals – and one gold – at these Games. Oh, and she only just turned 16. Britain’s Kate Richardson-Walsh will bring in the Union Jack, after her gold in hockey. Gold medal rower Kim Brennan will represent Australia.

Related: Rio 2016: Kim Brennan rises above sinking feeling to claim golden moment | Jonathan Horn

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Ryan Lochte ‘robbery’ case: USOC apologizes for swimmers’ behavior

  • US Olympic Committee says sorry to Olympic hosts for ‘distracting ordeal’
  • USA Swimming condemns athletes’ ‘lapse in judgment’

After a whirlwind day in which Brazilian police presented strong evidence contradicting American swimmer Ryan Lochte’s allegations that he had been robbed at gunpoint, the US Olympic Committee apologized for the behavior of four of its athletes, including Lochte.

The US Olympic Committee announced late on Thursday that Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger had provided statements to Brazilian police and their passports were returned. The pair had been pulled off a flight home the previous night as local authorities tried to unravel what actually happened early on Sunday morning when Lochte reported that he, Bentz, Conger and James Feigen were robbed at a gas station by men claiming to be police officers.

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Australian athletes banned from Rio beaches after dark

Gunpoint robbery of US swimmers prompts Olympic chef de mission to put Ipanema and Copacabana beaches off limits

The Australian Olympic Committee has said it will clamp down on its athletes’ activities away from the sporting arena amid concerns about security after the gunpoint robbery of Ryan Lochte.

The six-time gold medallist and three other US swimmers were held up in Rio early on Sunday morning after a night on the town, prompting the Australians to ramp up their security measures.

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Who will rescue the Olympic ethos? | Sonia Sodha

The future of the Games will be in doubt until their endemic corruption is properly addressed

This time four years ago, I’d just completed a dramatic conversion from Olympics sceptic to enthusiast. I was one of those annoying people who grumbled incessantly in the run-up to 2012 about what a waste of money it all was. But once it all started, like thousands of other Londoners, I happily accepted the error of my ways.

Women’s water polo, wheelchair basketball, climbing the Orbit: I enthusiastically snapped up tickets for anything that was available and spent far too much in the 2012 shop on tacky gear that now lies unworn at the back of my wardrobe. The only thing that marred my Olympics fever was the envy I felt seeing the Gamesmakers in their orange-and-purple kit. If only I’d had the foresight to know it was going to be great and applied to volunteer.

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Olympic opening ceremony was done on the cheap – but it was heartfelt and dazzling

Fernando Meirelles, probably best known for the Oscar-nominated film City of God, pulled off something remarkable on a budget about one-fifth of London’s

Phew! It really was all right on the night. No – that’s not fair. It was much better than all right. I’ve been going back and forth to Brazil for the past five years and I was watching the opening ceremony with bated breath.

Congratulations to the remarkable film director, Fernando Meirelles, probably best known for the Oscar-nominated film, City of God, set in Rio’s slums. He pulled off something quite remarkable with this spectacular show, on a budget that seemed to shrink every day. It combined his dazzling cinematic skills with some extraordinary choreography and lighting displays, and a strong narrative thread that explained Brazil’s complex history to the outside world.

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Rio locals delighted by Olympics opening ceremony fireworks – video

Residents of Mangueira, a favela overlooking the Maracanã Stadium in Rio, watch the Olympic Games opening ceremony fireworks at a party on Friday. The locals are wowed by the show and look forward to the Games, being held in South America for the first time

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Rio 2016 opening ceremony a mix of pared patriotism and climate concern

Olympics off to untroubled start despite tumultuous build-up as Brazil shows world template for a more sustainable Games

With some help from supermodel Gisele Bündchen, a team of refugees, thousands of saplings, 12-year-old rapper MC Soffia and an injection of patriotism, organisers hope Rio 2016’s pared down opening ceremony will mark a definitive break with a troubled build up.

But the country’s political climate was never far from the surface, not least when acting president Michel Temer was loudly booed as he declared the Games open.

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A giant model of the Rio Olympics made of lego – video

The Olympics is almost upon us and with it comes a lego model of what the village will look like. On Saturday August 6, Rio de Janeiro will play host to the opening ceremony for the 2016 games. The Danish government donated the model for Brazil that took over 12 months to create

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Olympic organisers put deadlines ahead of lives, claims Rio labour inspector

• Eleven workers have died on construction projects
• Chief inspector of labour conditions criticises Rio mayor

Olympic organisers have put deadlines ahead of lives, resulting in the deaths of almost a dozen construction workers, according to Rio de Janeiro’s chief inspector of labour conditions.

Before a memorial ceremony for the families of the bereaved on Friday and amid continued unease about the slipshod conditions inside the athletes village, Raul Vital Brasil, who heads the security and health section of the work supervision bureau, said rushed construction caused by delays and poor planning was the primary factor in the high number of fatalities on Games-related infrastructure projects.

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Buildup to Rio 2016 part of a chaotic and shameful tradition of Olympic hosts | David Goldblatt

Preparations have often been a mess but Rio’s buildup may be the most disorderly yet – and no matter how special the Games a disaster of unprecedented proportions will have already happened

The final days of preparation before the first modern Games in Athens in 1896 offered many of the tropes that still structure Olympic coverage a century later. Rumours persisted that the stadium would not be ready on time, leading to a furious exchange of letters in The Times. The New York Times correspondent came to dig for dirt and found it. “There were plenty of old tin cans and rubbish scattered where once the silver Ulysses sparkled to the sea: the grove of Academe reminded me of picturesque bits in shanty town.”

The refurbished stadium for the 1920 Antwerp Games, started just 15 months beforehand, was finished perilously late. The French occupation of the Ruhr and the flooding of the Seine in the winter of 1923 put Paris 1924 in question. The architect of the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic complex was harried in the local press for shady practices and sweetheart deals. Los Angeles 1932 was held in the very depth of the great depression. All feel remarkably familiar stories, not just from the distant past but from pretty much every Olympic Games since Atlanta 1996.

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Megan Kalmoe: I will row through shit for you, America

The media’s interminable hand-wringing over the water quality at the Rio Olympics insults both the host city and us athletes, who have spent years working toward our dream. It’s time to move on

Today I depart for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Competition starts in 12 days; and in 18 days I will have completed the final race of my career. Rio will be my third Olympic team after walking on to my college rowing team in 2002 with no knowledge or background in the sport. Rio will be my first trip to South America. My family and friends are planning on being there to support me for my last ever attempt to make the podium while representing the United States in rowing competition. I will be traveling to Rio as part of one of the most talented and decorated women’s rowing squads in history. I am incredibly excited for this trip, and this opportunity. I have worked for 10 years to get to this point and will continue to work as hard as I can over the next few weeks to make the most of this very special and unique opportunity.

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Megan Kalmoe: I will row through shit for you, America

The media’s interminable hand-wringing over the water quality at the Rio Olympics insults both the host city and us athletes, who have spent years working toward our dream. It’s time to move on

Today I depart for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Competition starts in 12 days; and in 18 days I will have completed the final race of my career. Rio will be my third Olympic team after walking on to my college rowing team in 2002 with no knowledge or background in the sport. Rio will be my first trip to South America. My family and friends are planning on being there to support me for my last ever attempt to make the podium while representing the United States in rowing competition. I will be traveling to Rio as part of one of the most talented and decorated women’s rowing squads in history. I am incredibly excited for this trip, and this opportunity. I have worked for 10 years to get to this point and will continue to work as hard as I can over the next few weeks to make the most of this very special and unique opportunity.

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Return of the Games Makers: Britons bring a taste of London to Rio

More than 1,000 Britons are heading to Brazil – and many bring with them prized experience from the 2012 Olympics

At the start of this month, at the age of 56, Mary O’Leary retired from her job as a maternity matron in a busy London hospital so she could become a volunteer at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The Games were not the only factor in her retirement, she says, but the fact that she would not otherwise have been able to take the necessary time off helped her make her decision.

Having first volunteered as a Games Maker at the London Olympics in 2012, O’Leary will fly to the Brazilian city on Wednesday to collect her bright yellow uniform and prepare for her new role. Once the games begin on 5 August, she will be shepherding press photographers at the weightlifting arena.

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