Maracanã

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Brazil’s supporters watch their team take on Germany at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Maracana stadium. File photograph: Getty Images

The Maracana wasn’t so much built as a venue for the 1950 World Cup as the stage on which Brazil would win it. When things didn’t quite go to plan, th(...)

Pat Hickey opens his hotel room  door to a Rio police officer on the morning  of August 17th, 2016.

Like a John Cassavetes movie or the ‘lost in the bowels of the stadium’ sequence from the mocumentary ‘This is Spinal Tap’ we all vicariously lingered(...)

 Brazilian Paralympic swimmer Clodoaldo Silva lights the cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: EPA/Jens Buttner

The Paralympic Games has opened with 4,350 athletes demonstrating first-hand their creed: “The heart knows no limits; everybody has a heart.” Wheel(...)

Vanderlei de Lima of Brazil (left) is grabbed by Irish ex-priest Neil Horan during the men’s Olympic marathon at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

As the Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima prepared to light the Olympic cauldron in Rio’s Maracanã stadium in the early hours of Saturday mor(...)

 The Olympic flag is raised during the opening ceremony in Rio last night. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Rio de Janeiro got South America’s first ever Olympic Games off to a happy start last night with an opening ceremony that was as colourful and efficie(...)

Divers in action during training at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in Rio. Photograph: Getty

Rio, what have you done to deserve this? It is Friday afternoon right now, a 30-degree and cloudless winter’s day and out at the Maracana stadium, Fe(...)

Performers dance during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro began smoothly despite protests on Friday night. The Olympic torch began its final journe(...)

The Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, overlooked by the Christ the Redeemer statue. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Like it or not, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad are coming. Blanket coverage begins late on Friday night with the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro’s (...)

Mark O’Brien (13), from Blackrock, is to be the only Irish person to carry the Olympic torch at the opening of the games in Rio next month. File photograph: RTÉ

Mark O’Brien (13), from Blackrock, is to be the only Irish person to carry the Olympic torch at the opening of the games in Rio next month. The repr(...)

Brazilian volleyball player Fabiana Claudino and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff as the Olympic torch arrives in Brazil on May 3rd. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

It was a melancholy event when President Dilma Rousseff welcomed the Olympic flame to Brazil on Tuesday. Back in 2009 when Rio de Janeiro won the rig(...)

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