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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - European Union commissioner Viviane Reding will not go to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in February over what she said was Russia's treatment of minorities, joining German President Joachim Gauck in a snub to the host nation.
(Reuters) - A factbox on Jerome Champagne, a 55-year-old Frenchman who held senior positions at world soccer's governing body FIFA before leaving the organisation in 2010 and announced on Monday he will stand in next year's FIFA presidential elections.
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will not use Friday's opening ceremony for propaganda purposes as he has only one sentence to speak to open the Sochi Winter Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has said.
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Canada's Olympians are trading their world famous politeness for some cocksure trash-talking in Sochi, targeting top spot in the medals and calling out American snowboarding star Shaun White for withdrawing from an event over safety fears.
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Work on an airport outside Sao Paulo was partially suspended on Friday because of unsafe working conditions in the rush to prepare for the World Cup, all but guaranteeing the private operator would miss a crucial deadline for a new terminal.
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - After years of construction delays and budget overruns, the World Cup kicks off in Brazil on Thursday under a cloud of discontent at home even as happy foreign fans pour in for the tournament.
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Players who suffer suspected concussion during a game should be temporarily substituted while their condition is evaluated, the world players' union FIFPro said on Friday.
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil company BP and the maker of Budweiser beer on Monday joined the ranks of World Cup sponsors pressing football's rulers to tackle corruption allegations over the awarding of the 2022 tournament to Qatar.
CHAMROUSSE France (Reuters) - Early in the final ascent, Thibaut Pinot narrowed his eyes and circled around the yellow jersey group, as if weighing up the form of his rivals.