Russian Olympic officials are expecting a final decision from the International Olympic Committee by Sunday on whether the country's entire delegation will be banned from joining the Rio Olympics next month. The IOC has investigated Russian athletes over suspicions of state-sponsored doping.
A blanket ban may even be in the works after the International Olympic Committee received a report from World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren. The IOC may consider an all-out ban since the report accused the ministry of sports of overseeing actual doping activities of their athletes. more >>
The swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are scheduled to take place from Aug. 6 to 13 at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, while the open-water marathon will be held on Aug. 15 and 16 in Fort Copacabana. Swimming will follow the same format in 2012, where a total of 34 events were featured (17 each for men and women), including two 10 km open-water marathons. The event schedule will occur in two segments. For the pool events, prelims are held in the afternoon to be followed by the semifinals and finals in the evening-night session.
Athletics, on the other hand, will be held for 10 days from Aug. 12 to 21 at the Olympic Stadium. The said event is split into four distinct sets of events including track and field, road running and racewalking. For track and field, Joao Havelange Stadium will serve as the venue where 10 events will hold finals in the morning session to ensure maximum visibility for the sport across all time zones.
Sports fans and afficionados are sure to go bananas during these two events because Rio Olympics is staged to be the most media covered sporting event even when there is still over a week to go. Several networks including the NBCUniversal's digital platforms will collectively host a mind-boggling 6,755 hours of programming. Fans will also enjoy 4K Ultra HD and Virtual Reality programming. more >>
In a candid "I Am Second" video, Shawn Johnson, the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist, pours her heart out, sharing her fear of failure and disappointment with success and how those experiences led her to Jesus, who gave her freedom.
"I remember being given the silver medal on the podium, the person who did it gave me a hug and told me, 'I'm sorry,'" Johnson says in the video, recalling the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. "I was being given a silver medal at the Olympic games and being told I'm sorry was kind of like a validation in my heart that I had failed."
She continues, "If I failed at being a gymnast then I failed at being a human being." more >>
As of press time, only 18 days are left for the much-awaited sporting event of the year: the Rio Olympics. This is the 31st Summer Olympiad featuring 306 events in 28 different sports. Host city Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil, is busy preparing for the different sporting events as well as the grand opening ceremony, which will be held at the Maracanã Stadium in the heart of the city.
Opening Ceremony Date and Time
The opening ceremony of the Olympics is very much anticipated and will be held in Rio on Saturday, Aug. 5, at exactly 20:00 BRT (23:00 UTC) at the Maracanã Stadium. The opening ceremony will include the usual formal ceremonial opening such as welcoming messages, hoisting of the Olympic flag and the flag of the host city and the parade of athletes from different nations. Spectators will also be entertained with a string of musical and dance performances showcasing the culture of the host nation. more >>
Even though Sanya Richards-Ross failed to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team during track and field trials earlier this week, she still glorified God for the opportunity.
On Sunday, Richards-Ross ran her final race in an attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympics track and field team at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Although a hamstring injury caused her to walk at the end of the race, resulting in her not making the team, she remained positive.
"When I envisioned my final season, I saw the flag draped over my shoulders one last time. It was the fairytale ending I had hoped for. As I hung my head in disappointment after not completing my final 400, a fan yelled out, 'We love you SRR' it brought me back to the moment," she wrote on Instagram. "It made me acutely aware that my fairytale ending was happening, it was happening right in front of me!!! As I jogged down the homestretch at my favorite track, all the fans stood to their feet and applauded me." more >>
The US track and field Olympic trials at Eugene, Oregon, will continue on Friday with selected events to be televised by NBC.
Broadcast for NBCSN will begin at 6pm, while that for NBC will be at 8pm. All times Eastern.
The men's 1500m semi-finals and both men's and women's 400m hurdles semi-finals will be shown by NBCSN. The men's discus and steeplechase finals will be shown by NBC. more >>