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World 16 Jul 2016 | 1:10 AM

Syrian refugees welcomed in recession-hit Brazil but face tough times

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Hanan Dacka fled the civil war in Syria with her family to start a new life in Brazil, the idea that she might one day carry the Olympic torch was beyond the stretch of anyone's imagination.

Other Sport 16 Jul 2016 | 12:49 AM

Triple medallist Funnell handed Olympic team slot

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's triple Olympic eventing medallist Pippa Funnell will compete at her third Games in Rio after Izzy Taylor withdrew on Friday due to an injury in training to her horse Allercombe Ellie.

Tennis 16 Jul 2016 | 12:48 AM

Nadal gets green light to play at Rio Olympics

(Reuters) - Rafael Nadal has been given the green light by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to compete at next month's Rio Olympics despite not fulfilling the qualification criteria.

Other Sport 16 Jul 2016 | 12:10 AM

Brazil review Olympic security after Nice attack

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's government, on alert after the truck massacre of at least 84 people in France, was reviewing its security preparations on Friday for the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and staging drills against possible attacks.

Other Sport 15 Jul 2016 | 11:56 PM

Russian Lovchev out of Olympics as ban upheld

(Reuters) - Russian weightlifter Alexei Lovchev will miss next month's Rio Olympics after his appeal against a four-year ban was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday.

Swimming 15 Jul 2016 | 4:32 PM

Park hopes to make a splash at Rio, despite lack of preparation

(Reuters) - Former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan is confident of winning a medal at next month's Rio Games despite the lack of preparation time following his qualification drama.

Golf 15 Jul 2016 | 3:22 PM

Golf's Rio exodus may hit sport's Olympic prospects - ICC

LONDON (Reuters) - High-profile withdrawals of male golfers from next month's Rio Games might damage cricket's chances of becoming an Olympic sport, fears the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Squash 15 Jul 2016 | 12:43 PM

Pakistan sport hits low point with qualifying debacle

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan's sporting decline has left the vast South Asian nation that once prided itself on producing the world's best hockey and squash players facing up to an Olympics for which none of its athletes have qualified.

Other Sport 15 Jul 2016 | 6:50 AM

Brazil prosecutors probe Olympic velodrome, equestrian contracts

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors said on Thursday they were investigating the process by which companies were selected to complete work on the Rio de Janeiro Olympic velodrome and equestrian venues.

Football 15 Jul 2016 | 6:32 AM

Argentina name Correa, Simeone in Olympic soccer squad

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina have named Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa and Giovanni Simeone, son of the Spanish club's coach Diego, in the national soccer team for next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.