Pokemon craze challenges Olympics for popularity in Brazil

Aug 14, 2016

Pokemon craze challenges Olympics for popularity in Brazil

Forget beach volleyball, soccer or tennis, not to mention the steeplechase or discus. “Pokemon Go” is challenging the Olympics for most popular game among some young Brazilians. Hundreds of them turned out in a Rio de Janeiro park on Saturday holding their mobile phones ...

Australia claims women's rugby sevens crown over New Zealand

Aug 9, 2016

Australia claims women's rugby sevens crown over New Zealand

The first Olympic rugby gold medal in 92 years has gone to a group of Australian women that includes a mechanic, an elite former sprinter and a 21-year-old newcomer who has traveled around Rio de Janeiro carrying an inflatable kangaroo. Australia absorbed an expected ...

Japan women down Brazil for second win

Aug 9, 2016

Japan women down Brazil for second win

Japan went a long way to ensuring it would get a Rio 2016 women’s basketball quarterfinal place by beating Brazil to notch its second straight win on Monday. Paced by Ramu Tokashiki and her 23-point, nine-rebound, three-block effort, Japan broke the back of the ...

Brazilians divided but upbeat as Olympics arrive

Aug 8, 2016

Brazilians divided but upbeat as Olympics arrive

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Rio de Janeiro’s hosting of the 2016 Olympics has divided public opinion in Brazil, where political and economic crises have put the games under scrutiny like never before. But after a seven-year buildup in which everything that could possibly go wrong did, the Olympics ...

Aug 6, 2016

Lifeguards a must in Brazil even at games

It is safe to say Michael Phelps has no need for a lifeguard watching over him in the Olympic pool but the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 18 gold medals among his career haul of 22, will have one anyway at the ...

Aug 5, 2016

Amazon dam opposed by tribes fails to get environmental license

Brazil’s environmental regulator Ibama decided on Thursday to shelve the environmental license request for a hydroelectric dam on the Tapajos River in the Amazon, a project that had been opposed by indigenous tribes and conservation groups. Ibama’s licensing office ruled the dam’s backers had ...

Ready or not, the Rio Games set to begin

Aug 5, 2016

Ready or not, the Rio Games set to begin

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All eyes will turn to Rio de Janeiro on Friday when it opens South America’s first Olympic Games against a backdrop of political and economic crises off the sporting field and doping scandals on it. More than 10,000 athletes from 206 countries will compete ...