Rio 2016 Off the Field

Safest in Brazil: The Rio Olympic organisers have deployed a huge amounts of troops to ensure the city is safe during ...

Olympic Organisers confident Rio is safe

Rio organisers have declared the Olympic city the safest in Brazil and are confident a huge deployment of troops will prevent any kind of terror attack during the Games.

Fundamental problem: Debris sits near the shoreline of the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay back in 2014. The issue has ...

Aquatic Olympians facing toxic stew in Brazil

Health experts in Brazil have a word of advice for the Olympic marathon swimmers, sailors and windsurfers competing in Rio de Janeiro's picture-postcard waters next month: Keep your mouth closed.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone with his wife Fabiana Flosi.

Ecclestone's mother-in-law kidnapped

Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law has been kidnapped in Sao Paulo and criminals are demanding 120 million reais ($A49 million) in ransom, according to reports.

Standing up for Australia: Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller.

Chiller willing to 'fight to the death'

​Australian Olympic boss Kitty Chiller has emphasised that her complaints about the Rio athletes' village were not a slur on Brazil, just a need to ensure her team would get the best Games preparation.

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Russia's crime and punishment

In England this week, jousting was proposed as a future Olympic discipline, as if big-time sport in its battle to beat drug cheats has not already had more than enough trouble with Lances.

A Russian flag flutters over the Olympic rings at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

If Russia go to Rio, should Australia?

It is one thing to confirm that Russia is now the biggest and most brazen cheat in sports history. It is another to decide what know what should happen next.

A screenshot of the Telstra ad.

AOC sues Telstra over 'I go to Rio' ads

Telstra is facing legal action over claims its latest ad campaign, 'I go to Rio', has deceived the public into thinking it is a sponsor of the Australian Olympic team.

The remains washed up close to the beach volleyball arena.

Body parts wash ashore next to Rio Olympic venue

Parts of a mutilated body washed up on the sands of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, police said, just metres from where beach volleyball athletes will compete in the upcoming Olympics.