Greek actress Katerina Lehou, playing the role of High Priestess, lights a torch from the sun’s rays reflected in a parabolic mirror during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece, April 21, 2016. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

The official countdown to this year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics began on Thursday when the torch was lit at the site of the ancient Games, with organis(...)

A clock in front of Hamburg town hall displays a countdown to the German city’s referendum on whether to bid to host the Olympics – last November, the citizens voted against the bid. Photograph: Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

There was a rumour going around the office this week that Dublin might be considering a late bid for the Olympics. Not without some hope either. Th(...)

The Arena Carioca Olympic venues in Rio: the suitability of Brazil as host country has been questioned. Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

It doesn’t feel that long ago since Ronnie Delany was telling me the difference between fate and faith. Fate, he said, was when you knew something abo(...)

Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova: the marathon runner ran race after race untroubled by the fear of suspension despite showing blood values which were off the charts. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA

The soothing noises regarding Russia’s presence at next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio became even more soothing on Friday, with the International Olym(...)

IOC president Thomas Bach: expects Russian officials to comply with all procedures to ensure their athletes can compete in Rio. Photograph: Harold Cunningham/Getty

Olympics chief Thomas Bach expects Russia will comply with doping regulations in time for its athletes to compete at next year’s Rio Games despite cal(...)

 International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has announced refugees will be allowed to compete at the Rio games under the Olympic flag. Photograph: Getty

Top refugee athletes with no home country to represent will be allowed to compete at the 2016 Rio Games, International Olympic Committee president Tho(...)

The International Olympic Committee will set up a $2 million (€1.8 million) refugee fund as the migrant crisis grips Europe. Tens of thousands have f(...)

Justin Gatlin has vowed to boycott the BBC and British media over their coverage of his 100m showdown with Usain Bolt at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: PA

The world 100m silver medallist, Justin Gatlin, has vowed to boycott the BBC and other British media at the championships in protest at their “biased”(...)

The departing Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s 16 years as an International Olympic Committee member ended on Monday after he opted against seeking re-election. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/Getty Images

The departing Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s 16 years as an International Olympic Committee member ended on Monday after he opted against seeking re-el(...)

IOC president Thomas Bach had admitted organisers face a seriou challege clearing the sailing venue for Rio 2016. Photograph: Getty

Organisers of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro face serious challenges over cleaning up the bay where the sailing competitions will be held, the(...)