American football joins rush to be part of Olympics

David Wharton The Olympic movement is facing an unlikely question: Are you ready for some football?

Spain's football team crashes out of Games

Juan Mata

Spain's bid to add Olympic gold to their world and European titles ended in failure on Sunday with a shock 1-0 loss to Honduras.

Football gold for Mexico

Jorge Enriquez of Mexico falls to the ground with jubilation as team-mates celebrate winning the gold medal after the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Mexico on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Mexico's players celebrated after winning gold in the men's football final match between Brazil and Mexico at Wembley stadium during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Rio 2016: Olympic triathlete Ryan Fisher nearly gave it up for AFL

Nearly gave it away: Australian triathlete Ryan Fisher.

Emma Kemp Rio-bound triathlete Ryan Fisher can barely comprehend that the sport taking him to his first Olympics was the same one that, 18 months ago, brought so much despair he nearly packed it in for an AFL...

Rio 2016: Shelley Watts out to make Australian Olympic Games boxing history in Brazil

Weight of expectation: Watts.

Chris Barrett If the task in Rio sounds like a huge weight on the shoulders of the lightweight from Laurieton, near Port Macquarie, then she isn't treating it like one.

Rio 2016: Australian Olympic medal haul in Brazil 'first true test' of post-London policy

Living on the edge: AIS director Matt Favier.

Chris Barrett In excess of $370 million will have been distributed to sports and direct funding to athletes during the four-year cycle to Rio by the time the flame is lit in the Maracanã Stadium.

Jarryd Hayne: I had a dream. Then I had another one

Walking away: Jarryd Hayne has turned his back on his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.

Greg Baum Jarryd Hayne has abandoned one dream to pursue another. The man has so many and such vivid dreams that it is a wonder he wakes up with enough energy to compete in so much as a staring match.

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Brazil in turmoil in countdown to Rio Olympics: How a booming country faltered

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Megan Levy When the gaze of the world focuses on Brazil for the Olympic Games, the spectacle will mask a country that is in turmoil.

Sporting scandals an opportunity for change, says IOC president Thomas Bach

Thomas Bach:

The global corruption and doping scandals engulfing sports this year are an opportunity for organisations to undergo change and earn back lost credibility, the president of the International Olympic...

Life experience as important as Olympic medal, says chef de mission Kitty Chiller

Holistic approach: Australian chef de mission Kitty Chiller stands by the approach taken by Australian sport.

Daniel Lane While New Zealand has been praised for an Olympic programme focussed on funding a handful of medal-winning sports, Australia's Chef de Mission Kittty Chiller has stood by the 'holistic' approach to...

Brisbane lord mayor defends skipping meeting with IOC president Thomas Bach about 2028 bid

Chris Barrett  The president of the International Olympic Committee is in Sydney to discuss a potential bid for the 2028 Games from Brisbane and its surrounds on Thursday but only one of the 12 mayors...

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We're in Rio for business, not pleasure, AOC warns hopeful athletes

Fiona de Jong.

With ambitious aims of a top-five finish and mindful of Brazil's high crime rate, the AOC is warning Australia's Olympic hopefuls they'll be in Rio de Janeiro for business not pleasure next year.

Ghosts of past failure driving 2016 hopes, says Olyroos' coach Aurelio Vidmar

Road to Rio: Olyroos coach Aurelio Vidmar knows his team faces a big challenge.

Sebastian Hassett WIth their disasterous qualifiying campaign for the 2012 London Olympics now a distant memory, Olyroos coach Aurelio Vidmar is hoping his side won't repeat the same mistakes as they begin their...

Road to Rio proving bumpy for Brazil, Australian Olympic chief Kitty Chiller tells athletes

Kitty Chiller is confident standards for the Olympics would be up to scratch in time for August 2016.

Samantha Lane From no air-conditioning in village accommodation, to satellite lodgings that are still not booked, Australian Olympians are learning about significant quirks awaiting them in Rio.

'Lose-lose' if 2022 World Cup and Winter Olympics clash, says IOC president

Thomas Bach.

It would be a lose-lose situation for the Olympics and soccer if FIFA moves the 2022 World Cup to January to February and overlaps with the Winter Games, IOC president Thomas Bach has warned.

IOC to dip toe in waters of change

The new IOC president, Thomas Bach.

Christopher Clarey Sebastian Coe, who ran world records and then ran the successful London Olympics, has announced his candidacy for the presidency of track and field's world governing body.

Harry heads for the beach as royal cheerleader


Gordon Rayner in London The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend almost 30 events between them during the London 2012 Olympics, and there are no prizes for guessing who bagged a ticket to the beach...

Hooker backs up Steffensen's Beijing abuse claims

Steve Hooker and John Steffensen.

Michael Gleeson Australian team captain Steve Hooker today backed up John Steffensen's claims that he had been poorly treated by an athletics official at the Beijing Olympics, saying the incident continued to...

Steffensen allegations loom large over team


Michael Gleeson in Tonbridge The Australian Athletics team are domiciled in Kent south of London. They are ensconced in an earnest and expensive public school of grand buildings where cricket is being played daily on a...


Ross threatens Olympic walkout


Daniel Lane Sprinter Josh Ross is warning the Australian Olympic Committee he will abandon the London Games if he does not receive a legitimate explanation for the reason behind his federation failing to...