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Syrian athletes’ Olympic dreams

Syria is sending seven athletes to Rio to compete in the Olympics Games this month. But the selection committee is run by the government of President Bashar al-Assad, so those in rebel-held areas are excluded. Reuters meets Syrian athletes who sacrif...

Rio's slum hostels offer alternative Olympic housingReuters_Brazil 2

In August, an estimated 500,000 tourists are expected to flock to Rio for the Olympic Games. While many steer clear of the city’s notoriously violent favelas, several hostels in Rio's shanty towns are offering cheap accommoda...

In photos: Fight for peaceReuters_Brazil 2

"Boxing is cool," says a nine-year-old participant of Fight For Peace, a boxing and martial arts academy for youths living in Rio’s poorest favelas. In the city that will soon play host to the Olympics, young people are using...

Italian teen quadruple amputee’s fight to skewer fencing gold medal at Rio 2016Scarp_Bebe 1

Nineteen-year-old Italian fencer Beatrice “Bebe” Vio is ready to fight for gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio this summer. The quadruple amputee lost her legs and forearms when she contracted meningitis aged 11. But tha...

Photo series: Fighting Olympic eviction in Rio favelaReuters_Photo series Fighting Olympic eviction in Rio favela 3

As sports arenas rise up around them and neighbours' houses are demolished, around 50 families remain in Vila Autodromo, a favela bordering the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro. Those who refuse to leave their “paradise” tell R...

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