One Year To Go To Tokyo 2020

Summer Olympics

Paulo Coelho attacks Rio 2016 role for Tony Blair

By Duncan Mackay

February 3 - Tony Blair's new appointment as a paid advisor to the organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics has been attacked by Paulo Coelho (pictured with Pele), Brazil's best-selling author, who has claimed the former British Prime Minister is a "war criminal" and has "blood-stained hands".

Rio 2016 team to quiz Blair

By Mike Rowbottom in London

January 29 - Less than 24 hours after facing the Chilcot Committee over  the legality of the Iraq war, former Prime Minister Tony Blair will face questions in a less hostile environment as he is quizzed by key advisers of the Rio 2016 team.

Armitt gives green light to West Ham Olympic Stadium bid

By Steven Downes

January 28 - John Armitt (pictured left), the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), tonight gave a green light to the possibility of Premiership football club West Ham United moving in to London’s Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games, while fulfilling the venue’s brief to deliver a lasting legacy as a national athletics stadium.