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The Full Brazilian: Louis Vuitton comes to Rio for Cruise 2017

Louis Vuitton have opted to stage their latest Cruise fashion show in Rio de Janeiro - a decision announced last October, before presidential impeachment, the Zika virus and a collapsing currency plunged Brazil into turmoil. It forms a fascinating backdrop to the manoeuvres of a multi-billion pound corporation, says Alexander Fury

Anonymous athlete: 'I was just 15 when I was first accused of doping'

The blanket ban on Russian athletes from competing globally was imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations last week in a bid to eradicate what the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Dick Pound called “state-sponsored doping”. It means that clean athletes have been denied a chance to compete on the world stage, with their chances of going to next year’s Olympics hanging in the balance. The Independent on Sunday’s Matt Majendie spoke to one “clean” Russian athlete, who has asked to remain anonymous...

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Ski news: Snow forecast is looking good for Sochi

The number of Brits planning to go to Sochi in Russia for the Winter Olympics in three weeks' time will be minimal. Apart from the usual Russian visa requirements, flights are limited, a special "spectator pass" is required in a bid to combat security threats and prices for accommodation and the top events are very expensive.