Olympics

Cyber Hackers Publish Medical Data for Farah, Nadal and Rose

By Alan Baldwin LONDON, Sept 19 – Olympic champions Mo Farah, Rafael Nadal and Justin Rose were among athletes targeted on Monday in the latest leak of confidential medical documents that the world anti-doping agency (WADA) says were hacked by a Russian cyber espionage group. Britain’s Farah became only the second man to retain the

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Qatar’s Recruited Athletes Stir Debate on Citizenship

By Tom Finn DOHA, Aug 25 – When 39 athletes from Qatar qualified for the Rio Olympics, the most in the tiny Gulf state’s history, Noor al-Shalaby celebrated the achievement in a Facebook post. “Qatar! You are in my blood and my soul,” wrote the 34-year-old accountant. The small team delivered the country’s first silver

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Olympic Housing Built on Slave Burial Ground Angers Descendants

By Chris Arsenault and Jo Griffin RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 8 – Looking out at the new concrete buildings housing international journalists covering the 2016 Olympics, Adilson Almeida cannot hide his anger: he says they were built on a burial ground of his ancestors – Brazil’s former slaves. A local leader of the Quilombo do

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Constrained By War, Syrian Athletes Dream of Olympic Glory

BEIRUT, Aug 4 – As Syrian gymnast Ahmad al-Sawas watched his country fall apart, his Olympic dream collapsed too. The last national champion before the fighting began, he knew that supporting the anti-government side in the five-year-old civil war would prevent him from being selected for the Rio Games. “I chose to be an athlete

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Facebook, Twitter Co-operated With Brazil Probe of Alleged Militants

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 24 – The judge overseeing the probe that led to the arrest last week of suspected Islamist militants in Brazil said Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. co-operated with investigators by providing information about the suspects’ use of both social networks. In an interview late Sunday with Fantastico, a weekly news program

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The Olympic Venues of Athens: A History of Refuge and Decay

A great European legacy lies neglected Text and photography by Anna Pantelia   Twelve years ago, Greece was triumphant; she was celebrating the return of the Olympic Games to Athens, the city where it all began. The once-gleaming Olympic venues hosted millions of spectators and thousands of athletes from all over the world, and the

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