RTÉ is “reasonably optimistic” of negotiating a solution that will allow it to continue its coverage of the Olympics from 2018 onwards. Photo: Valery Hache/Getty Images

RTÉ is “reasonably optimistic” of negotiating a solution that will allow it to continue its coverage of the Olympics from 2018 onwards. The national (...)

The Baku Aquatics Centre which has been built for the inaugural 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photograph: Tobias Schwartz/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Sometime after 9pm tonight, local Baku time, an Irishman will declare the first European Games open in the most perfectly orchestrated moment in the h(...)

 Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah has served as minister of information and minister for oil in his native Kuwait and is a former chair of Opec. Photograph: Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images

In the lobby of the heavily fortified Hilton hotel where the International Olympic Committee met in Buenos Aires in 2013 to decide the host of the 202(...)

A photograph  of  May 29th, 2015 shows Fifa president Sepp Blatter gesturing during the association’s congress in Zurich, Switzerland. Blatter was re-elected to his Fifa position  that day despite international pressure to step down.  Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Here is a timeline of the scandal that has engulfed Fifa in recent years. December 2010 Russia is awarded the 2018 World Cup and Qata(...)

A civil aviation accident investigator inspects the wreckage of one of two helicopters that collided in midair, near Villa Castelli, in Argentina’s La Rioja province. Investigators picked through the wreckage of the two helicopters Tuesday, removing cellphones, bits of paper and other charred and unrecognizable items, as France mourned the loss of prominent athletes in Monday’s dual crash in the Andean foothills. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Investigators have picked through the wreckage of two helicopters, removing mobile phones and other items, as France mourned the loss of prominent at(...)

Katie Taylor at the OCI promotion  ‘100 Days to Go’ marking a countdown the European Games. “It’s a huge occasion and I think that in years to come it will be massive for European athletes.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Like an oversized hatchling, the European Games will, this summer, heave its competitors aside for elbow room. After that it will start to grow. That(...)

APB fighter David Oliver Joyce can qualify for the 2016 Olympics Games almost 18 months before they start in Rio. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Irish boxers Joe Ward and David Oliver Joyce are just two wins away from qualifying for Rio 2016. Both boxers, competing in the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB),(...)

Ireland men’s hockey team are hoping to bridge a 67-year gap and be the first to qualify for the Olympic Games in a team sport since the soccer team did in 1948. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

The Irish men’s team, who are currently in South Africa preparing for the first of their Olympic qualifiers are ranked 15th in the world, while the I(...)

The Charles River in Boston. The city is planning a downsized, compressed, antisprawl Olympics, with a walkable, bikeable, sustainable Games that uses mostly pre-existing structures. (Erik Jacobs/The New York Times)

Boston will bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the United States Olympic Committee has announced.The Massachusetts city beat off compe(...)

A man sits on a deck over the Rio Carioca, in which scientists discovered a new bacteria, near Guanabara Bay, venue for  the Olympic sailing events in Rio 2016. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters.

Water at the sailing venue for Rio 2016, described as filthy by sailors whohave trained there, has been found to contain a “super bacteria” that is r(...)