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Rio 2016 Olympic preparations damned as 'worst ever' by IOC

International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates warns on readiness, saying it is worse even than Athens 2004

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Tokyo wins vote to host 2020 Olympics; PM Abe personally lobbied voters worried about Fukushima

Tokyo has won the race to host the 2020 Olympic Games after the Japanese prime minister flew in to personally reassure voters that radioactive leaks from the Fukushima power plant would not create a health risk.

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Olympics opening ceremony director reassures PETA over animal usage

12 horses, three cows, nine geese, two goats and 70 sheep among participants in Isles of Wonder-themed event

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Syrian Olympic chief 'banned from London 2012'

General Mowaffak Joumaa, head of Syria's National Olympic Committee, is believed to have been barred over links to regime

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