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How to fix the Olympics

If there’s one phrase guaranteed to get any sports fan excited, it’s “Ian Baker-Finch thinks”. When the grand old man of Australian golfing failure speaks, the world listens.

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A number cruncher is predicting a return to the glory days for Australia at the Rio Olympics, tipping a fourth-place finish on the overall medal tally.

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Baker-Finch wants team Olympic golf format

Australian Olympic golf captain Ian Baker-Finch has implored officials to change the format to a team competition in 2020 to help reduce the number of high-profile withdrawals.

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Australian swimming legend Dawn Fraser has lashed out at golfer Adam Scott over his decision to skip the Rio Olympics.

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Adam Scott won’t compete at Rio Olympics due to ‘busy schedule’

Australian golfer Adam Scott has officially ruled himself out of Olympic selection due to a busy playing schedule and other commitments.

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The IOC could rue the day Rio was awarded the Olympics

In 2009, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was the popular President of Brazil who had lifted his country to become the world’s eighth largest economy.

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Australian Olympics team’s new kit revealed in Sydney

The Australian Olympic Team launched their new uniforms ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics

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Australian gymnastics team miss out on Rio

Australians will be without an artistic gymnastics team to barrack for at this year’s Olympics, after the team fell just short of qualifying during the test event in Rio de Janeiro on Monday morning (AEDT).

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Emma McKeon makes bold Rio statement

Once shy and anxious, Emma McKeon says she is now full of confidence ahead of the Olympics after setting a Commonwealth record at the Rio swimming trials in Adelaide.

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Olympic shooting medallists Michael Diamond and Adam Vella could be in danger of missing the Rio Games, with 16-year-old Mitchell Iles challenging the selection.

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Australia announce impressive 26-man Boomers squad for Rio Olympics

Basketball Australia has announced a star-studded 26-man Boomers squad to compete for Olympic gold at Rio this year.

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Bernard Lapasset will not seek re-election as chairman of World Rugby in May so that he can focus his attention on spearheading Paris’ bid for the 2024 Olympics, he said in a statement on Wednesday.

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A Chinese Olympic gold medallist and world record holder has reportedly confessed that her coach forced them to take part in state-sanctioned doping.

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Cost-cutting at the Rio Olympics is destined to continue, Australia’s chef de mission warns.

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SPIRO: Aussie women’s sevens set to run Rio-t at 2016 Olympics

The rugby sevens game is exploding around the world on the strength of its inclusion as a full sport at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Lauren Jackson racing the clock for Rio Olympics

Lauren Jackson says she’s spent so much time off the court battling knee trouble that she doesn’t even feel like a basketballer any more.

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Russia's Mariya Savinova wins the women's 800m final at the athletics event

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Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland talks to the media

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Girls perform at the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony

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The Roar of the crowd

Your sports opinion. Write your own article
What were the best Olympic games ever?

With the Rio Summer (but technically Winter) Olympics under 100 days away, I thought I would try and get the jump on others in what will no doubt be a hot topic come late July and August by hopefully stimulating some good banter on the best Olympics ever.

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Will the Aussie swimmers take a mentor to Rio?

By Brad Cooper Olympic champion., 1 May 2016
Will the Aussie swimmers take a mentor to Rio?

Soon we will find out if the Australian swimmers taking the plane to Rio in a few months will have an official mentor.

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Friday Funnies: Bloopers aplenty in Olympics countdown

It’s been all about the countdown this week as we notched up 100 days to the Olympics on Wednesday.

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The Rio Olympics: Boon or bust?

By Monty String, 29 Apr 2016
The Rio Olympics: Boon or bust?

When Rio was awarded the 2016 games nine years back, Brazilians thought it would bring all kinds of good things to the country, especially to Rio.

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Should Australian swimming trials be held closer to the Olympics?

At the national titles in Adelaide this week, the Australian Swimming Team sent a clear warning to Olympic rivals that they will be a force to be reckoned with in Rio.

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It was announced on Friday (8/4/16) that Sydney shooter and current World Champion Warren Potent has qualified for the Australian shooting team for the Rio Olympics.

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Australian boxers Daniel Lewis (75kg middleweight), Jason Whateley (91kg heavyweight) and Shelley Watts (60kg lightweight) will represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics, after securing their places at the Asian and Oceania qualifiers held in China over the past week.

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Will Rio be the first doctor-doping Olympics?

With athletes increasingly doping via doctors’ prescription rather than supposed rogue labs or dodgy campus chemists, Rio may go down as the first ‘Dr-oping’ Olympics.

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Aussies to go to Rio dressed as preppy hipsters

The official uniform the Australian Olympic team will wear at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janiero have been revealed – a blazer and shorts combination that’s every bit as 2016 as a Mambo loudshirt was a product of 2000.

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It’s pretty unlikely that with the current set of Australia’s quarantine laws that a five star Showjumping event will be held on our shores for quite some time. But if you could take those rules away, what would be the ultimate location for a five star Showjumping event in Australia?

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Rio 2016: Looking back at Australia’s gold medal performances

It’s the start of an Olympic year. The Olympics only come around every four years and they are the big stage where lifelong dreams can be made or shattered in an instant.

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Is Rio hosting the Olympics or the Hunger Games?

There’s flesh-eating bacteria in the water and alligators hanging out on the golf course.

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How successful can Australia and New Zealand be at the Olympic Games?

Notwithstanding the enormous interest generated by sporting clashes between Australia and New Zealand, particularly in rugby union, netball and rugby league, this article focuses on less popular sports that receive most attention in such countries come Olympic Games time.

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Why cricket needs to be part of the Olympics

By Naveen J Razik, 21 Oct 2015
Why cricket needs to be part of the Olympics

The ICC have announced that the Olympics is back on the agenda. Somewhere in the ivory towers in the deserts of Dubai, our lords and masters are going to debate cricket’s inclusion, which is a welcome step forward from a body that has ignored the Olympics in the past.

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The Rio Olympics’ watersport venue is a toilet

Remember that Seinfeld episode where Kramer swims in the East River and an onlooker mistakes him for a dead body on the grounds that no one would be stupid enough to swim in such fetid waters? That’s next year’s Olympics.

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Oscar Pistorius: What price for a human life?

By Andrew Jardine, 20 Nov 2014
Oscar Pistorius: What price for a human life?

I wonder what people locked up in dinghy prison cells for killing rhinos think about the Oscar Pistorius affair.

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Australian snowboarder Torah Bright performs an aerial during her first run in the women's snowboard halfpipe event. AAP Image/Julian Smith

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Hidenari Kanayama of Japan completes a training run in the men's luge singles ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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