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Guanabara Bay is seen in a section littered with debris on June 19, 2012

The regatta will be starting on Saturday but there are still concerns over the water quality

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Four ski officials in Slovenia have been suspended following allegations of results rigging

The Slovenian Ski Association says that the musician's pre-Olympics results were "fixed" at the behest of Thai ski officials

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Amy Van Dyken smiles for all to see after the Women's 50 meter Freestyle Finals during the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials at the Indianapolis University Natatorium in Indianapolis

Her family and that of husband Tom Rouen issued a letter that says she awoke from surgery 'acting like her typical spunky, boisterous, ebullient self'

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The city has failed to meet promises on cleaning Guanabara Bay, despite sailors' reports of animal and human carcasses floating in the water

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Boats float along the shoreline of the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay

Five years after Brazil won its Olympic bid, athletes have condemned the site of the Olympic sailing and windsurfing events as a 'dump'

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Incomparable: Mo Farah winning the men's 5,000m final at the London 2012 Olympics

Olympic officials have reportedly secretly asked if London would be in a position to take over games after progress in Rio was branded ‘critical’

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John Coates has blasted preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as 'the worst I have ever seen'

The International Olympic Committee have stepped in to try and speed up preparations in Brazil

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John Coates has blasted preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as 'the worst I have ever seen'

John Coates slams Rio's preparations for the Summer Games and reveals the International Olympic Committee have already been forced into unprecedented action

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Michael Phelps will return to competitive swimming next week

Phelps will come out of retirement to swim the Arena Grand Prix in Arizona next week having not competed since the London 2012 Olympic Games

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Great Britain Athletes, back row (L-R) Dom Harrington, Ben Kilner, Billy Morgan, back row (L-R) Rebekah Wilson and Paula Walker pose for a photograph in the Olympic Rings in the Athletes Village in Sochi

The bid team is to meet with the IOC

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Ian Thorpe had Rio 2016 in his sights

Five-time Olympic champion ‘will not swim again’

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The new adventure play area, just outside the main stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, should prove popular, but the main attractions will be sports events, concerts and festivals

After a rapid £300m facelift, the London 2012 site reopens. Ashling O’Connor took a tour of the facilities

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Olympic gold medallist Anna Watkins at Cambridge University Boat Club on the river Ouse at Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Olympic hero teaches Ashling O'Connor some tricks of the trade and reveals she'll miss Rio while she focuses on family life and explores her many other interests

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Chemmy Alcott in action in the women's super-g, where she finished 23rd

31-year-old has represented Great Britain in four Winter Olympics with her latest appearance coming at at the Sochi Games last month

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Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell in action in Sochi

Another historic day for Team GB in Russia

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Great Britain’s Jade Etherington and guide Caroline Powell on their way to slalom silver

 

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Gregor Ewan of Great Britain competes in the Round Robin Session 7 during day four of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Ice Cube Curling Center

Skip Aileen Neilson was replaced in the fourth end when her rink were already 8-1 down

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Fast and fearless: Kelly Gallagher on her way to winning gold

Simon Usborne speaks to Kelly Gallagher, the first Briton to win a Winter Paralympics gold, and charts the remarkable story of the visually-impaired skier

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Kelly Gallagher (L) and Charlotte Evans (R) on their way to gold in the Winter Paralympics super-G

Visually-impaired skier Gallagher and guide Evans bounced back from downhill disappointment to win gold in the super-G

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Performers simulate the Russian flag moving in the wind during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games

Susie Mesure introduces the madcap world of Winter Paralympics

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Ukraine will announce today whether they are pulling out of the Winter Paralympic Games

Valeriy Suskevich, president of the Ukrainian Paralympic Committee, has said that all of his athletes are "very nervous and very afraid" due to the on-going turmoil in Ukraine

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Prince Harry pictured at the launch of the Invictus Games

Chancellor awards funding so Paralympic-style sporting championship can be held

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Silver medalist David Murdoch of Great Britain celebrates during the medal ceremony for Men's Curling

View from the sofa: Storyville, BBC4

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The closing ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. David Cameron said today it would be 'wrong' for ministers to attend the Paralympics when they begin in Russia on Friday

William Hague has travelled to Kiev today, and the UK’s involvement in Sochi-based G8 summit talks has been suspended

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Andy Murray cannot disguise his frustration during his defeat by Roger Federer in Cincinnati last week
TennisUS Open: Andy Murray knows it. Just as importantly, his rivals know it
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Roger Federer has credited coach Stefan Edberg for his upturn in form this year, resulting in him being installed as second favourite to win the 2014 US Open
US Open: Swiss is bookmakers’ second favourite behind Djokovic
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England's Alex Hales (right) celebrates with Michael Lumb after the International Twenty20 cricket match between New Zealand and England
CricketBatsman’s county fireworks will continue in international arena, says his fellow opener Lumb
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England captain Alastair Cook surpassed his half-century on day two of the fifth Test against India
The return to a five-man attack has been crucial to England’s success
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Welshman Jamie Donaldson arrives at Augusta on a strong run of form
GOLFWelshman can claim a Ryder Cup place with high finish at Czech Masters
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Rory McIlroy alongside Jimmy Fallon and Tiger Woods
COMMENTHe is now such a global superstar he needs no introduction
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Portsmouth players Jack Whatmough (left) has claimed he 'looks nothing like' Arsenal's Jack Wilshere
FOOTBALLWhat do you think?
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A Dutch newspaper has apologised to Johan Cruyff after bogus report that claimed he was dead went viral
Volkskrant apologises to Cruyff and blames 'stupid mistake'
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Sunday League team Malsters Arms FC forced to fold because they played at Cardiff City Stadium on a Wednesday
...because they played at Cardiff City Stadium on a Wednesday
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Max Verstappen (left), speaking with his father, the former F1 driver Jos Verstappen
F1The 16-year-old Dutch driver has been confirmed to race for Toro Rosso next season
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