Shame: Brazil’s $12 billion Olympic legacy lies in ruins just 6 months after Rio2016

Less than six months ago, the eyes of the world were on the huge Olympic stadiums in Rio.

Billions of dollars were spent on bringing the flagship sporting event to Brazil, with the overall cost estimated to be around $12billion. This was at a time when the Brazilian economy was in a huge recession, and state workers were being paid late, if at all.

But now the Olympic legacy lies in ruins, new photos have revealed, with arenas crumbling and already falling into disrepair.

The aquatics stadium, used for last year's Olympic and Paralympic Games, is currently in a state of disrepair. It was set to be dismantled and turned into two schools, but there is no sign of this coming to fruition

The aquatics stadium, used for last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, is currently in a state of disrepair. It was set to be dismantled and turned into two schools, but there is no sign of this coming to fruition

The threadbare pitch of the world-famous Maracana Stadium is a far cry from the days when it hosted the World Cup final and fixtures in last year's Olympic and Paralympic Games

The threadbare pitch of the world-famous Maracana Stadium is a far cry from the days when it hosted the World Cup final and fixtures in last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games

In the aquatics centre, which was built as a temporary structure for the Games, the pool has been drained and the arena look delipidated on the inside – a far cry from the impressive venue it was last summer.

And the world-famous Maracana Stadium, which was also hosted the World Cup final in 2014, is now in a state of abandon, the once-lucious green pitch far from the top playing surface it once was.

The electricity has been turned off because of unpaid bills – estimated to total nearly $1 million, and like many other arenas used during the Games last year, questions remain over its future. The stadium was looted last month, and the consortium which manages it has called for the state to intervene.

It is thought hosting the Olympics cost the Brazilian government $3billion, with the rest of the massive bill coming from other sources.

Tapestries fixed to the outside of the aquatic centre in Rio, used for the Games, are falling down and the Olympic Park is now a cutting-edge ghost town

Tapestries fixed to the outside of the aquatic centre in Rio, used for the Games, are falling down and the Olympic Park is now a cutting-edge ghost town

It remains unclear what will happen to the buildings erected for the Games, with increasing unrest about the amount spent on the Games and the 2014 World Cup

It remains unclear what will happen to the buildings erected for the Games, with increasing unrest about the amount spent on the Games and the 2014 World Cup

A huge pile of seats, which have been torn up from the stands, inside the Maracana stadium in Rio, which hosted the 2014 World Cup final

A huge pile of seats, which have been torn up from the stands, inside the Maracana stadium in Rio, which hosted the 2014 World Cup final

The crumbling inside of the Maracana stadium is a shocking indictment of the legacy of the huge sporting events Rio has hosted in the past three years

The crumbling inside of the Maracana stadium is a shocking indictment of the legacy of the huge sporting events Rio has hosted in the past three years

Two years earlier, the Ministry of Sport stated, $11.63bn was spent on bringing the World Cup to the cash-strapped country. Such was the outcry that soccer-mad Brazilians took to the streets to protest the massive expenditure at a time when public services were under intense pressure.

This year, the New York Times reports, that at least 48 towns and cities are considering cancelling carnival celebrations this year because they cannot afford it.

In Rio, the newspaper states, authorities are predicting a budget shortfall of $1bn this year, with the state budget likely to be $6bn short. It also owes $10bn in loans.

There were big plans for the Olympic infrastructure once the Games finished.

Abandoned prefabricated houses remain next to the  Olympic golf course, created and used for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and now run by the Brazilian Golf Confederation for the public

Abandoned prefabricated houses remain next to the Olympic golf course, created and used for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and now run by the Brazilian Golf Confederation for the public

Sad legacy: The Olympic Aquatics Centre in Rio de Janeiro, which was set to be converted into two schools

Sad legacy: The Olympic Aquatics Centre in Rio de Janeiro, which was set to be converted into two schools

The taikwondo arena was set to be converted into a school, while the aquarium was due to be dismantled and turned into two schools. None of this has happened, and Brazilians have been left questioning the wisdom of hosting the event.

Last week Vera Hickmann, 42, who visited the Olympic village recently, summed up the disquiet, telling the New York Times: ‘The government didn’t have money to throw a party like that, and we’re the ones who have to sacrifice.’

While the athletes’ village was supposed to be turned into luxury homes, only a small fraction have been sold.

In its heydey, the Aquatics Centre, pictured in June last year, hosted events featuring some of the world's best known athletes

In its heydey, the Aquatics Centre, pictured in June last year, hosted events featuring some of the world’s best known athletes

Unemployment in the Brazilian capital has doubled since the Games, while GDP has fallen by 8.4 per cent.

Public employees have had their wages and pensions cut by 30 per cent as the state grapples with the economic crisis.

The sight of the arenas in disrepair has caused huge discontent in Rio. The tennis centre and velodrome are locked to the public, having failed to find new operators, and the Brazilian capital’s $20million golf course has struggled to attract new members.

Theresa Williamson, director of Catalytic Communities, an organisation which supports communities in the city’s poverty-stricken favelas, said in an interview with AAP: ‘The legacy is incredibly poor.

‘This all coincided with the economic recession but in Rio, just like the boom here was more intense because of the Olympics, now the fall is more intense because of the Olympics. Everybody here is suffering right now, of all incomes and all stripes and colours.’

Ripped seats in the dugouts at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro this month, where the stadium has fallen into disrepair

Ripped seats in the dugouts at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro this month, where the stadium has fallen into disrepair

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Why Team Nigeria Performed Poorly In Rio – Dalung

What appears another major controversy over the employment of German tactician, Gernot Rohr, to manage the Super Eagles cropped up yesterday following a declaration by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, that he knew nothing about the deal.

Recall that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) recently selected Rohr to manage the Super Eagles despite the minister’s preference for a local coach.


Dalung was at the State House yesterday, Abuja to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the nation’s outing at the ?just concluded Olympics in Rio, Brazil, where Nigeria could only get a bronze medal in football.


He also appealed to the president for an official reception for the team.


The minister who told State House correspondents that he was yet to be communicated by the NFF of Rohr’s appointment, said ?the Samson Siasia-led Dream VI that won the football bronze medal at the Olympics, has not resigned, contrary to media reports, although his contract with the NFF had lapsed.


The minister also faulted the treatment meted to the coach and the decision of the NFF to withdraw the official car given to him while on assignment at the Olympics.


Dalung, who earlier met with Siasia, said Nigeria still needed him ?to facilitate football development in the country, explaining that even if the NFF would not re-engage him, the Federation should at least, give him some peace of mind to enable him make his contributions in a personal capacity.

He said it would be sad to have someone like Siasia frustrated and forced him to leave Nigeria to go and represent another country, as witnessed during the Rio Olympics, where many athletes were seen donning the jerseys of other countries.


Dalung further cleared the air on the $390, 000 donation to Siasia and his team by a Japanese surgeon, saying that after he met the donor in Rio, he was convinced there were no strings like match-fixing, attached to the donation.


The Minister who also cleared the air on the poor outing of Team Nigeria in Rio, attributed the development to late release of funds and inability to churn out home-grown talents, especially as many in the continent that performed relatively better were home-trained.


He said it was high time Nigeria revisited the basic architecture of sports in the country, stressing that “we need to go back to grassroots” and groom talents for future competitions.


Dalung also took a swipe at his critics, saying that he was not the problem of Nigerian sports as being portrayed, adding that abysmal performance predates his appointment.


He argued that the National Sports Commission (NSC) was necessary, but was unfortunately scrapped by a government committee that recommended merger of ministries.

Japanese Surgeon, Dr. Takasu Angry With Nigerian Officials Over His Donation

Japanese surgeon, Dr Katsuya Takasu is unhappy with Nigerian sports officials over their recent “grumblings” about the $390,000 donations he made to the Nigeria U-23 Men’s football team, Dream Team V1 at the just concluded Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.


The Japanese flew to Brazil to hand over the $390,000 cheques to Siasia and Mikel John Obi (Coach and captain of the team) after winning the soccer bronze of the Rio 2016 Olympics. But immediately after the donation, top Nigerian sports officials have called for investigations to the source of the money.


With the development, the Japanese surgeon revealed his displeasure with Nigerian officials especially the sports minister, Solomon Dalung; telling him to conduct an investigation on his foundation by checking the source of the money. “We support women and young people who keep on trying without giving up. I will recommend plastic surgeon of my competition to wear Red Beret,” he stated in a series of tweets.

Couple Caught ‘Having Sex’ In The Background Of Live Rio Broadcast

British people are known for being incredibly awkward when it comes to sex. It’s pretty true, except for the occasional nan who doesn’t give a fuck and shouts stuff over the dinner table. Is that just my family? Okay then.

BBC Olympics presenter Dan Walker responded to the fact that a couple behind him were getting down and dirty on a beach in Rio in possibly the most British way ever.

Once he realised what was going on he said that they were ‘having a hug’. Or ‘reading a book… in a strange pose’. Come on, Dan. We’re not five.

Sadly, he confirmed that they wouldn’t be zooming in any closer. Spoilsport.

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The people of Twitter couldn’t contain their glee.
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US Apologises For Swimmers’ Lies About ‘Armed Robbery’

The US Olympic Committee has apologised to the people of Brazil for the actions of the four American swimmers who were found to have lied about an armed robbery, describing their behaviour as “not acceptable”.

The apology comes after Brazilian police presented strong evidence contradicting allegations by the American gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte that he had been robbed at gunpoint.

“The behaviour of these athletes is not acceptable,” the committee’s chief executive, Scott Blackmun, said in a statement last night. “Nor does it represent the values of Team USA.”

America’s official Olympic body acknowledged, in a very different account…

Usain Bolt Wins The 200m Gold Medal

Usain Bolt arrived in Rio a legend with the sole aim to make himself immortal. Tonight the Jamaican sprinter took gold in the 200m to claim his 11th Olympic title and take the second of three steps to becoming achieving his aim.

In London four years ago Bolt claimed the double triple by winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold medals at The Games for the second time in his career. At Rio he planned to become the first man to win all three on three occasions. After winning gold over Justin Gatlin in the 100m last week the 29 year old has now won the second of his titles in the 200m tonight.

Now all that remains for Bolt to continue what is already the most incredible career is victory in the 4x100m final along with his fellow Jamaican teammates.

We may never see the likes of Bolt again with the 11 time World Champion likely to bow out of competing after next year’s World Championships in London. Can he finish the games with his perfect record intact and immortality achieved?

Olympian Stripped Off Medal After RAT POISON Was Found In His System

A medallist at the Olympic Games has been stripped of his medal for a doping offence – after RAT POISON was found in his system.

Izzat Artykov of Kyrgyzstan has become the first medallist in Rio to test positive for a banned substance.

But while drug cheats often seek to gain an advantage by staying one step ahead of World
Anti-Doping Agency, using chemicals that are invisible to current testing methods, Artykov went old school.

The substance detected in his body is strychnine, is a highly toxic alkaloid which is ordinarily used as
a pesticide for killing rodents.

When ingested, strychnine causes muscular convulsions before death through asphyxia.

Those convulsions had been thought to be beneficial in tiny doses in the past, and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries it was used in small doses as an athletic performance enhancer, and recreational stimulant.

Strychnine was widely used in the early days of the Tour de France and appears on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances.

In fact strychnine was used in what is recorded as the first ever instance of drug use in the modern Olympics.

At the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, Thomas Hicks won the marathon thanks in part to several doses of strychnine, egg whites and brandy administered by his trainer mid-race, historians say.

But, as a Department of Health report points out, ‘small increases could potentially be fatal’.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed the news on Thursday. Artykov had claimed gold in the 69kg category


Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru Comes 7th In Semi-Final Heat, Misses Out On 200m Final Event

Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduduru, Nigeria’s fastest man missed out on a spot at the 200m finals after coming 7th at the semi-finals heat early this morning at Rio 2016.

In his semi-final heat, Usain Bolt, Andre Gasse and Adam Gemili finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively with a time of 19.78secs, 19.80secs and 20.08 secs respectively while Oduduru, Nigeria’s only hope at this event finished 7th with a time of 20.59 seconds.

Nigeria’s Oduduru wowed Nigerians when he qualified for the semi-final of the Men’s 200m heat of the Rio 2016 Olympics, finishing second behind Usain Bolt.


I Won’t Go Back To Chelsea Without An Olympic Games Gold Medal – Mikel

Rio de Janeiro – Nigerians appear to pin hopes in Dream Team VI, going by steady manner that the team has been inching toward the medal zone in the ongoing Rio Olympic Games’ soccer event. Even though the team had been dogged by a myriad of problems, thrown at them by the haphazard manner of preparation for big events including the ongoing Olympics, the team has hardly let that come in between them and victory when it mattered most.
Captain Mikel Captain Mikel “We are ready to die to wrestle the Olympic Gold,’’ members of the Dream team have resolved shortly after they overcame the Danish team to win the ticket to meet the Germans in one of the semi-finals of the soccer event of the Games. Chelsea star player, John Obi Mike, captain of the team and one of the three overage players, said he did not want to return to Chelsea, his club, without an Olympic Games gold medal. He vowed to delay his return to his English Premier League side after helping Nigeria to reach men’s football semi-final against Germany in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.
He added that he was determined to have the Games gold to declare in his luggage. “I hope to go back to Chelsea as the Olympic champion. That is my aim,’’ vowed the 29-year-old Obi, who scored the opener in the 2-0 quarterfinal win over Denmark in Salvador on Aug. 13. “I came out here to do my best to help the team with the gold medal. “That has always been my objective. It’s my aim and the players all want the same. When you have a group of players all wanting to achieve the same thing, hopefully it will go well at the end. “Hopefully, the semi-final will go well on Wednesday and then we will be in the final and win the gold medal’’.
An ex-Eagles’ goalkeeper, South Africa-based Idah Peterside, said the team could defeat Germany when they clash in the semi-final. Peterside said from Johannesburg, that the match would be tough. “ The semi-final against Germany will be tough. We can win the match. We all have to pray for them and wish them well’’. He said the presence of striker Etebo Oghenekaro in the match can boost the country’s chances because he has potential to score goals. “ Etebo`s presence will be a great boost to the team. I hope he is okay and fit for that match,” he said. He noted that the Dream team has recorded great results in the course of the games. “All that matters now is the Gold. I am optimistic that this result is achievable’’.
The team will be certain to have the backing of many lovers of Nigerian brand of soccer because many Brazilians have not forgotten the raw deal they had at the 1996 Atlanta Games, when the original Dream team beat them to gold. The venue of the match, Sao Paulo, will offer a good setting, if the boys can reproduce the sparkle that they have shown since the start of the completion right from the tight and strangulating circumstance that dogged their path to Manaus for the opening match.
In spite of late arrival at the venue of the first match in Manaus, they hit Japan 5-4 to set the tone for a challenging event. They also defeated Sweden, 1-0 but gave a second string side the opportunity to concede 0-2 to Colombia. The result did not upset the balance as the two previous victories were enough to see the team through quarters. With a huge number of Nigerians in Sao Paulo and environs, the National team would not lack vital support to forge ahead.
Although the team did not impress during the last group match against Denmark, losing 0-2 but many said they had since put that behind them since it did not affect the team’s progress to the crucial quarters. Mike Adjuya, a Brazil-based Nigerian soccer agent, said: “I have since forgotten about the loss. Many other Nigerians will be there at the Arena Corinthian to show solidarity to the team.’’ “The team needs us now. We shall be more organised in providing the vital support.
The team will make history. I will be happy to be part of it, ‘’ noted Chinedu Nwosu, a Nigerian and Sao Paulo businessman. “I am confident the Dream Team will prevail. They have Olympic Games’ soccer pedigree. That is what has seen them through to this stage. “I have seen that Nigerian spirit of rising to occasion when a challenge presents itself, especially the many obstacles that have dogged their getting to this stage.
They are fired up now. They have a way of dismantling big soccer nations. “I see a Nigeria-Brazil finals and it will be a good advertisement for World football,’’ noted George Aluo, the Sports Editor of the Sun Newspaper, in Brazil covering the Games. Coach Samson Siasia said he was confident that his boys would deliver. “The dream is a gold medal. This vital possession I want.
I know all my boys want this as well.’’ Mikel reckons that his team has already defied the odds in reaching the last four. “It was a bit frustrating coming down here, but while we were in Atlanta we knew that we had a good shot at getting to the final or winning the tournament.’’ “With the problems we have had getting to this stage, it is just absolutely amazing and we just have to keep going.’’

Rio Olympics: Siasia, Dream Team May Boycott Quarter Finals

Nigeria Olympic team coach Samson Siasia has lashed out at how “disrespectful” the authorities have been to his team, saying he will now support the boys should they insist on boycotting Saturday’s quarterfinal against Denmark.


Siasia’s scathing comments on national radio Friday confirmed reports on the latest crisis that has engulfed his team in Brazil.


“We have been disrespected from all angles – the sports ministry, the Nigeria Football Federation. Is that how you will treat your own children? We are not street kids,” former Super Eagles coach Siasia fired away on Brila FM sports radio Friday morning.


“We have only been paid allowances for 11 days. There is no match bonus. What of all the months we have been training in Nigeria and Atlanta? That’s not fair.


“I have not received my salary for the past five months.


“Everything is upside down and the boys don’t want to play anymore. Whatever they want to do, I’m with them. They are right for fighting for their rights.”

Siasia continued: “The country already has a bad image, but through football it has got some good image, but still they won’t let us play.”


“I have begged these boys, but I cannot do more than what I have done to get this team up to this point.”


“I have done my best and now I am tired.”


Siasia also put a lie to an official statement by the NFF that there was no order for kits to be returned to Nigeria after the Rio Olympics.


As usual, the NFF were quick to dismiss a media report that the NFF secretariat ordered that kits be returned to the office from Rio.


But Siasia told Brila FM: ”The NFF ordered that they bring back the jerseys (from Brazil). Siji Lagunju (of the NFF technical department) was directed to bring the jerseys back to the NFF.”

Help!!! No Clothes To Protect Us From Cold – Nigerian Athletes In Rio

As the track and field events of the Rio 2016 Olympics began yesterday, Nigerian athletes have cried out about lack of equipment and proper clothing to weather the storm. Over all Nigerian athletes have poor dressers at the Games. And as driving rains and cold winds sweep through Rio athletes who are competing outdoors need to protect themselves, but not so for the Nigerian athletes.
“It has been raining, windy and cold in Rio.
And we have no kits for the athletes and coaches,”cried one of the athletes during warm-up on Thursday. “I don’t know why things are just like this with our country,” he added. However, he was hopeful that they will still give their best just for the love of the sport. And it remain to be seen how they will cope as the rush for medals begin in earnest.
From all indication competition will be fierce. Nigeria’s medal prospects will begin with Uhunoma Naomi Osazuwa competing in the heptathlon, Chinwe Okoro will seek qualification in the women shot put, while Blessing Okagbare will later run in the women 100m heats.

See Pictures Of The Miss BumBum 2016 Contestants [Pictures]

The Bikini race completely shut down the famous Avenida Paulista, the main street of the country’s biggest city Sao Paulo.



With their massive assets out in the open air as they ran down the street in an 100-metre sprint wearing just thong bikinis, the contestants were excited to be participants of the event.



A representative of Sao Paulo and one of the 27 contestants, Ana Paula Saad, 38, said: “Running down the busiest street in Sao Paulo in just a bikini is the least I’m willing to do to get to the finals. I hope I stood out from the rest, and that more people in my home city will vote for me.’



Another contestant representing state of Amazonas, Dani Omeles, 27, said: ‘I got up at 5am this morning to do some stretches, then spend the rest of the time putting my make-up on. This means everything to me. I know I’ve got the best bottom in Brazil, now it’s up to me to make everyone else know about it.’






Michael Phelps Wins His 19th Olympic Gold in Swimming After Helping Team USA To Victory In 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Michael Phelps made all the difference as he won the 19th Olympic gold medal of his astonishing career on Sunday and helped the U.S. men’s team to victory in the 4×100 meters freestyle relay.
The 31-year-old, raising a roar from the crowd on his first competitive appearance at his fifth Games after sitting out the heats, now has an unprecedented 23 medals with two silvers and two bronzes filling out his tally.
London 2012 champions France took the silver medal, their third successive podium in the 4×100,
and Australia the bronze.
With baby son Boomer in the audience for the first time at an Olympics, Phelps swam the second leg of a race that has brought him four of his medals over the years including gold in Beijing in 2008.
If anyone is used to the atmosphere and the pressure, it is Phelps but even he ? 16 years on from his Olympic debut ? felt the sense of occasion.
“On the block I thought my heart was going to explode, I was so hyped, so excited,” he said. “It was so loud, I don’t think I’ve ever heard something like that.”
The most decorated Olympian of all time has now won gold at four separate Games, the first swimmer to do so.
The U.S. team set a world record of three minutes, 8.24 seconds in the Beijing final, a race in the bodysuit-era that still stands and is likely to endure for some time to come.
On Sunday they came closer than anyone has ever done wearing textile suits, when the quartet of Caeleb Dressel, Phelps, Ryan Held and 100 freestyle world champion Nathan Adrian clocked 3:09.92.
Dressel completed his opening leg just two hundredths behind the French in 48.10 and Phelps made the difference, taking the lead off a strong turn and clocking out at 47.12 with Held putting in a 47.73 and Adrian fastest of all in 46.97.
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Michael Phelps of USA reacts after his team won the gold.



As he has done so many times in the past, Phelps kissed the medal on the podium and waved at the crowd with tears in his eyes and a supportive arm for an emotional Held and Dressel who were collecting the first Olympic medals of their careers.
“I told them, it’s OK to cry. It’s good to see some emotion as one of the old dudes,” said Phelps.
The 35-year-old Anthony Ervin, who won 4×100 relay silver in 2000, swum in the heats to collect another medal 16 years after his first.
Jimmy Feigen and Blake Pieroni also swam in the heats.
The victory maintained a run of U.S. success in the event, with the Americans medaling in every 4×100 freestyle relay raced at the Games since it was first included in 1964.
It also meant the United States ended the second day of the meet with two golds, level with Australia who won two on Saturday.
“I think we did our best on the night and are really happy with the bronze medal,” said Australian James Magnussen who swam his team’s third leg and paid tribute to Phelps.
“Michael is definitely an inspiration to many of us,” he told reporters. “To stay on top of the world for that many Olympics is something that most of us couldn’t even dream of.
“It gives us guys who are sort of in the middle period of our careers a lot of inspiration to think we can keep going for another Olympics.
“It’s always great to see a fairy tale like that unfold in a race you are part of.

See Where The U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team Stay, Instead Of Athletes’ Village In Rio

The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team definitely knows how to have a good time, so when it came to figuring out their lodgings in Rio, they weren’t just going to settle for something as average as bunking up in Athletes’ Village.

According to multiple sources, a few of the millionaire players on Team U.S.A. have instead opted to rent out a 196-cabin luxury cruise ship, complete with a giant swimming pool, spa, and cigar lounge. Currently docked at the Port of Rio, the ship has been fitted with custom, seven-foot beds to accommodate the team’s players, and will have super intense, 24/7 security. Amongst those staying on the ship will be NBA superstar players Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Kyrie Irving.

“USA Basketball teams haven’t stayed in the Olympic Village since the 1988 teams did,” Craig Miller, the team’s chief media officer, told NPR.

However, not every NBA player in Rio will get to experience the luxury of Silversea’s Silver Cloud ship.

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Nadal Confirms Participation In Rio Olympics Despite Injury And Zika Concerns

Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will represent Spain at the Olympic Games in Rio, despite injury concerns.

Nadal's participation has boosted the Tennis Olympics committee.
Nadal’s participation has boosted the Tennis Olympics committee.

World number five Nadal spent a lengthy period after his practice session on centre court discussing his plans with the team doctor and team captain Conchita Martinez.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner has committed himself to playing singles, doubles and mixed doubles at the Games, despite worries over whether or not his left wrist injury will survive the gruelling challenges ahead.

He is scheduled to play doubles with Marc Lopez and mixed doubles with French Open champion Garbine Muguruza.”Yesterday (Monday) and today (Tuesday) have been my strongest training in two months and the wrist has not gotten worse,” he added.

Nadal admitted that his best medal chance may be in the doubles where the burden is shared.”It’s true that in doubles, I might go better, but you never know,” he said.”I will do everything possible to make my role the best and bring something positive for Spain.”

Nadal’s decision to play in all three events was a major boost for the organisers who on Tuesday saw world number four Stan Wawrinka pull out with a back injury.Wawrinka was replaced in the draw by big-serving Australian Sam Groth.

Nadal is due to carry his country’s flag at Friday’s opening ceremony in Rio.

Nigeria’s Olympic Squad Suffering in Training Camp, Siasia Owed 5 Months Salary.

Head coach of Nigeria’s U-23 team, Samson Siasia, has revealed that he is being owed salaries for five months, by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).


Siasia is currently in Atlanta, Georgia with his squad, as they continue to prepare for next month’s Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.


“We are suffering in Atlanta. We have not received any money since we arrived this training camp. I have not been paid for the past five months,” Siasia said.


“We will not hold the country to ransom by threatening not to play our matches, but the government has to come to our rescue.


“I know that by the time the Olympics will be over, our monies will not be paid.”


The Dream Team VI are scheduled to fly to Brazil from USA on Friday.

Olympics: FINA Bans Seven Russian Swimmers From Rio

Swimming’s world governing body on Monday banned seven Russians from competing at next month’s Rio Olympics in the fall-out from Russia’s state-run doping.

FINA was the first sport to impose bans in light of Sunday’s IOC decision, which ruled against a blanket ban on all Russian competitors in Rio, instead leaving it up to each sports federation to decide whether to accept Russians.

Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev, both 4x100m freestyle bronze-medal winners with the Russian team at the 2012 Olympics, and Yulia Efimova, another 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, were among the seven banned.

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Rio: Russia Escapes Blanket Doping Ban

The International Olympic Committee’s decision not to ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping left international sports leaders divided on Monday, less than two weeks before the opening ceremony.

Seeking to justify Sunday’s decision, IOC president Thomas Bach said an outright ban would trample the rights of clean Russian athletes who are hoping to compete at the upcoming Games.

Individual sports federations will have primary responsibility for determining every Russian athlete’s eligibility for Rio, the IOC executive said.

The World Anti-Doping Agency last week called for Russia to be banned after detailing how Russia’s sports ministry had directed a massive cheating programme with help from the FSB state intelligence agency.

United States anti-doping chief Travis Tygart — one of many who urged a total ban against Russia — accused the IOC of creating “a confusing mess” with its decision.

“In response to the most important moment for clean athletes and the integrity of the Olympic Games, the IOC has refused to take decisive leadership,” the USADA boss said in a statement.

Drug Free Sport New Zealand chief executive Graeme Steel also criticised the IOC’s decision to “pass the hot potato to international federations”.

“The fight against doping in sport requires strong international leadership, none more so in this case, where the integrity of an entire Olympic and Paralympic Games is at stake,” added Australian Sports Minister Sussan Ley.

WADA officials said they were “disappointed” with the IOC’s decision, which director general Olivier Niggli said would “inevitably lead to a lack of harmonisation, potential challenges and lesser protection for clean athletes”.

The cheating affected 30 sports, including at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and other major events, WADA said, in revelations that widened the worst drug scandal in Olympic history.

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