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Rio police charge Ryan Lochte with false report of robbery

Posted on 26 August 2016 by TSL

 

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In this Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States' Ryan Lochte checks his time in a men's 4×200-meter freestyle heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo / Michael Sohn, File)


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RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defence in Brazil. The indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission, it said.

"The investigation was concluded on Thursday and Olympic American swimmer Ryan Lochte was indicted for the crime of falsely reporting a crime," the statement said.

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It said the case was turned over to a special Brazilian court that has jurisdiction over crimes related to major sporting events. The court, which was established before Brazil hosted soccer's 2014 World Cup, is authorized to receive cases straight from the police when lesser charges are involved, without a need for prosecutors.

The swimmer's spokeswoman, Melissa Nathan, said Lochte had no comment.

During the games, Lochte initially said that he and fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with a police badge as they returned to the Olympic Village from a party Aug. 15.

Video surveillance emerged showing the athletes getting into a confrontation with security guards at the gas station when their taxi pulled over to let them use the restroom. While there have been conflicting versions over whether the guards pulled their weapons on the swimmers, Lochte has since acknowledged he was highly intoxicated and that his behaviour led to the confrontation.

Lochte left Brazil shortly after the incident. Three days later, local authorities took Conger and Bentz off an airliner heading to the United States so they could be questioned about the robbery claim. They were later allowed to leave Brazil, as was Feigen, after he also gave testimony. Feigen, who initially stood by Lochte's testimony, was not charged.

Under Brazilian law, the penalty for falsely filing a crime report carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison. Lochte could be tried in absentia if he didn't return to face the charge.

The United States and Brazil have an extradition treaty dating back to the 1960s, but Brazil has a long history of not extraditing its own citizens to other nations and U.S. authorities could take the same stance if Lochte is found guilty.

That is currently the case of the head of Brazil's football confederation, Marco Polo del Nero, who faces charges in the wide-ranging scandal entangling international soccer's ruling body, FIFA. He has not travelled outside Brazil for more than a year to avoid being arrested by U.S. authorities somewhere else.

The charges in Brazil raise questions about the future for Lochte, who is planning to take time off from swimming but wants to return to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He has 12 Olympic medals, second only to Michael Phelps among U.S. male Olympians.

Lochte lost four major sponsors early this week over the controversy, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren. But on Thursday he picked up a new sponsor – Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops. Pine Bros. said people should be more understanding of the swimmer and said he will appear in ads that say the company's product is "Forgiving On Your Throat."

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De Grasse wins silver, Bolt takes gold in 200m final and gains sprint double

Posted on 18 August 2016 by TSL

Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the 200 meters race with Canada's Andre De Grasse winning Silver

Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the 200 meters race with Canada's Andre De Grasse winning Silver

 

RIO DE JANEIRO – Canada's Andre De Grasse won the silver medal in the men's 200-metre final at the Rio Olympics on Thursday night.

The 21-year-old sprint star from Markham, Ont., finished in 20.02 seconds. Jamaica's Usain Bolt took gold for the third consecutive Olympics in 19.78. France's Christophe Lemaitre was third in 20.12 seconds. De Grasse is the first Canadian to win two individual track medals in the same Olympics since 1928. De Grasse could add a third medal in the 4×100 relay final, where Canada is looking for redemption after a lane violation four years ago in London cost them a bronze medal, and left the runners in tears.

Canada’s star sprinter Andre De Grasse captured silver in the men’s 200-metre after challenging Jamaican Usain Bolt.

The Markham, Ont., native won silver with a time of 20.02 seconds, while Bolt captured gold by crossing the finish line with a time of 19.78 seconds. Christophe Lemaitre of France took bronze with a time of 20.12 seconds.

De Grasse’s podium finish gives Canada its fourth medal of the day and 18th of the Rio Olympics. The 21-year-old also won bronze on Sunday in the men’s 100-metre.

De Grasse’s silver medal, the sprinter is the first Canadian male to win medals in the 100-metre and 200-metre at the same Olympics since 1928.

Runner Percy Williams medalled in both events at the Amsterdam Games.

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Canada’s De Grasse wins bronze, Bolt wins gold in 100 metres

Posted on 14 August 2016 by TSL

The Canadian Press 
Published Sunday, August 14, 2016 8:22PM EDT 
Last Updated Sunday, August 14, 2016 9:45PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO — Canada's Andre De Grasse won the bronze medal in the men's 100 metres at the Rio Olympics, giving Canada its first medal in the marquee event since 1996.

De Grasse finished in a personal best time of 9.91 seconds.

Jamaican star Usain Bolt won gold for the third straight Games in 9.81 seconds. American Justin Gatlin took the silver in 9.89.

De Grasse, from Markham, Ont., finished one-hundredth of a second faster than the time he posted to win bronze at the 2015 world championships and equalled earlier Sunday in the 100 semifinals.

He is also the first Canadian male athlete to win a medal in Rio. Canada's first 12 medals were won by women.

 

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Canada has 2xgolds, 2xsilver and 6xbronze medals as at date

Posted on 13 August 2016 by TSL

August 12, 2016, RIO 2016.

Canada has won 2xgolds, 2xsilver and 6xbronze medals to date.

Rosie MacLennan has become the first Canadian summer athlete to successfully defend an individual Olympic gold medal with her victory in the women’s trampoline at Rio 2016. 

The Canadian flag bearer competed third to last, after qualifying for the eight-woman final in third place, behind Belarus’ Tatsiana Piatrenia and China’s Li Dan. In that qualification round, she had placed sixth in the first compulsory routine, before tying for the highest degree of difficulty in the optional routine with Li, laying down an impressive score of 15.000 points.

In the final, Brit Bryony Page was the early leader, laying down a score of 56.040 as the second competitor to go. MacLennan then took the lead with a 56.465, matching her 15.000 degree of difficulty from the qualifying round. She also received 25.200 for execution and 16.265 for her time of flight.

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Li followed, scoring 55.885 to take bronze. Piatrenia closed the event, earning 54.650 to finish fifth.

Along with being the first Canadian athlete to win back-to-back gold medals in an individual event at the summer Games, MacLennan is also the first female Canadian athlete to win two gold medals in an individual event at the summer Games.

She also joins Catriona Le May Doan and Alex Bilodeau as the only Canadian athletes, winter or summer, to win back to back gold medals in the same individual event.

Hilary Caldwell had one job at Rio2016: get on the podium in the 200m backstroke.

On Friday night, it was job well done.

All week she’s been watching her Canadian teammates have a bit of a pool party as the women won medal after medal. But while many of them competed early or had multiple events, Caldwell had to wait until Day 6 to even touch the start blocks in her single specialty event.

Canada will have three teams in the Rio 2016 beach volleyball tournament.

Both Canadian women’s duos – Sarah Pavan/Heather Bansley and Jamie Broder/Kristina Valijas advanced to the next phase and will face each other in the round of 16 on Saturday.

On the men’s side, Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk made the playoffs and will meet the Netherlands on Saturday. Canada’s other men’s team, Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter did not make it through to the playoff round.

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Toronto’s Penny Oleksiak takes Olympic gold on Day-6 at RIO2016

Posted on 12 August 2016 by TSL

Penny GoldCANADA WINS HER FIRST GOLD AT RIO2016 OLYMPICS.

Friday, August 12, 2016. RIO2016 was ablaze last evening as Canada swam her way to a GOLD MEDAL, her first in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Sprinting the 100 metre freestyle to take Olympic gold, Penny Oleksiask entered historic territory winning her second individual – and fourth overall – medal at Rio2016 on Thursday night.

The 16-year-old from Toronto had shattered her own national and junior world record a day earlier in this event, swimming the 100m free in 52.72 seconds, taking 0.59s off the old mark. 

On Thursday, she bettered that time again, clocking 52.70s to tie Simone Manuel of the United States at the wall for an Olympic record and Canada’s first ever women’s medal in the 100m free. The North Americans will each get a gold medal, while Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden (52.99) wins bronze.

Oleksiak becomes the first Canadian to win four medals at a single summer Olympic Games. She also ties Victor Davis for most medals ever won by a Canadian swimmer in the Olympics, with one more race projected in Rio.

The medal is Oleksiak’s first gold of the Games; a silver came in the 100m butterfly on Sunday night. She also anchored Canada to bronze medal finished in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays. All told, Swimming Canada has won five medals in six nights at the Olympic Games.

In winning, Oleksiak becomes Canada’s youngest ever gold medal winner at the Olympic Games, beating shooter George Genereux, who was 17 when he grabbed the shooting title at Helsinki 1952. It’s also the first swimming gold for Canada in 24 years since Mark Tewksbury achieved the feat at Barcelona 1992. 

The last time two swimmers tied for Olympic gold was at Sydney 2000, when Americans Gary Hall Jr., and Anthony Ervin were co-winners of the men’s 50m free.

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RIO2016 Olympics – Day 5: Canada earns bronze medal in women’s 4×200 metre freestyle

Posted on 11 August 2016 by TSL

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL.

Penny Oleksiak after her 100m freestyle semifinal at Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 10, 2016.

Penny Oleksiak after her 100m freestyle semifinal at Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 10, 2016.

Anchored by Penny Oleksiak winning her third Olympic medal, the women’s 4×200 metre freestyle relay team nabbed Rio2016 bronze on Wednesday. Katerine Savard got the team going on the first leg, followed by relay specialist Taylor Ruck. Both Savard and Ruck took part in the semifinal earlier in the day that put Canada in a position to compete in the evening draw, their qualifying time seven minutes, 51.99 seconds.

 

Swimming Canada brought in Brittany MacLean and Oleksiak to replace Emily Overholt and Kennedy Gross from the afternoon race. MacLean took the third leg, before Oleksiak powered home, creating daylight between Canada and the fourth place nation (China) to the last medal in a total time of 7:45.39 (new national record). It’s the fourth Canadian podium finish in swimming at these Games.

About an hour and a half earlier, Oleksiak, 16, shattered her own national and world junior record in the 100m freestyle to qualify for Thursday’s final, where she’ll have a chance to win an unprecedented fourth Olympic medal, a feat no Canadian has ever achieved at a single Games.

Wednesday’s podium finish was the second medal for another 16-year-old, Ruck, who was on the 4×100, tea, with Oleksiak that won bronze on Day 1.  

The medal comes with some significance for the country’s swimming history, as well as individuals who took part in the two races.

It’s the first time that Canada has won an Olympic medal in women’s 4x200m relay, its best previous finish was fourth at London 2012.  

 

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Another Bronze for Canada in the 10-metre Synchro

Posted on 11 August 2016 by TSL

Benfeito and Filion win Olympic diving bronze in Rio

Benfeito and Filion win Olympic diving bronze in Rio

Maintaining their form through five highly competitive rounds, Meaghan Benfeit and Roseline Filion finished on the Olympic podium Tuesday, winning a diving bronze medal in the 10-metre synchro. It’s the second consecutive Games in which Benfeito and Filion found the third step of the podium at the Olympic Games, following the same feat at London 2012. 

To win the bronze, Canada had to dramatically come back from fifth place on the final dive to beat North Korea and Great Britain.

Malaysia nearly challenged China’s diving dominance, but it wasn’t to be as they settled for silver after a valiant effort from Jun Hoong Cheong and Pandelela Rinong Pamg scoring 344.34 points.

As expected, China’s Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia won gold, their 354.00 points well above the field and their position rarely ever in doubt.

Benfeito and Filion scored 336.18 through the five rounds. In the end they were nearly 14 points clear of North Korea after that country and the Brits had a less-than-ideal fifth and final dive.

Day 6 of the RIO2016 Olympic Games brings Oleksiak back for her freestyle final, a ton of rowing and the beginning of track cycling. Fans and athletes have taken to social media to support #TeamCanada

After winning another bronze in the 4×200 freestyle relay, Team Canada charges ahead to a jam packed day.

 

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RIO2016-Day 1: Canada wins swimming bronze and Bouchard beats Sloane Stephens

Posted on 07 August 2016 by TSL

Eugenie Bouchard beat Sloane Stephens in the first round of Tennis action

Eugenie Bouchard beat Sloane Stephens in the first round of Tennis action

The Canadian women’s 4×100-metre freestyle relay team, left to right: Chantal van Landeghem, Sandrine Mainville, Penny Oleksiak and Taylor Ruck show off their bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug. 6, 2016.Canada’s first medal in Rio: Young swimmers break through to claim bronze in freestyle relay.

In the first round of Tennis action Canada's Eugenie Bouchard outplayed 22nd ranked American Sloane Stephens in straight sets 6-3; 6-3.

The Toronto Sun report:

RIO DE JANEIRO — The future of Canadian swimming arrived in a flurry here on Saturday night and delivered the country its first medal of the Rio Summer Games.

That it may have been a surprise to some meant nothing to the teen machine that brought it home, a bronze in the women’s 4×100 metre freestyle relay.

Not only did it start the meet off with a splash and inspire confidence in a team that has 24 of its 28 members making their Olympic debut, it was the first medal for a Canadian female swimmer in 20 years. 

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Lars Baron/Getty ImagesThe Canadian foursome celebrates after Penny Oleksiak's anchor leg.

“We came here to play with the big dogs,” said Winnipeg’s Chantal Van Landeghem of Winnipeg. “We knew if we put our best feet forward we would be a contender to be on the podium so we had that confidence. 

“Just all the hard work we’ve been putting in, every single day, all year. We’ve been working for this moment — bleeding, sweating so we knew we had put in the work and it was just time to let that show.”

Let it show they did as Landeghem was joined by Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, B.C., Sandrine Manville of Lachine, Que and sweet 16-year-old sensation Penny Oleksiak of Toronto. 

The Canadians finished third in three of the four legs of the relay, including the money one for the medal. The favoured Australians captured gold while the United States — and teen sensation Katie Ledecky — claimed silver.

 

In many ways it was a monumental day and night for the youthful Canadian team, which came here aggressive and ready to play ignorant of world records and past performances among other nations said.

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Rio Olympics 2016 opening ceremony kicks off with pent up excitement – let the games begin!

Posted on 06 August 2016 by TSL

 

RIO OLYMPICS OFFICIALLY OPEN AFTER MIXED OPENING CEREMONY.

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL.

Rio2016 OLYMPICSRio2016 OLYMPICS IIWatching the opening of Rio Olympics 2016 on television was the best we could do from Toronto. The opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games took place last evening (Friday, August 5) in the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro starting at 8:00 pm. As mandated by the Olympic Charter the proceedings combine the formal ceremonial opening of this international sporting event (including welcoming speeches, hoisting of the flags and the parade of athletes with an artistic spectacle to showcase the host nation's culture. From media reports there were around 78,000 spectators at the Maracana Stadium.

The Rio Olympics officially started with a long and loud celebration of Brazilian culture that also featured some unfortunate reminders of the troubled backdrop to these Games. The dominant images from the four-hour opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium was supermodel Gisele Bundchen's catwalk across the pitch to The Girl from Ipanema, the joyous arrival of Brazil's team and former marathon star Vanderlei de Lima lighting an Olympic cauldron that morphed into a golden disco ball.

But the boos that greeted acting Brazilian president Michel Temer's short address to open the Games, the smattering of jeers the Russian team received and the catcalls that followed a reference to government funding tell a different story. Maybe Temer deserved what he got but when it comes to a global event the crowd could have given him a few minutes pardon and supported him and the host country, in my humble opinion.

Backgrounder is Rio 2016 Olympics has had a difficult upbringing, with worries about the country's ability to afford it, Rio's preparations and sport's credibility in the face of a divisive doping crisis, but South America's first ever Olympics is now ready to entertain the world and perhaps revive a nation.

As the story goes, the ceremony's creative director Fernando Meirelles had less money to spend than his predecessors, but he promised "the coolest party" and gave it a good go. Gisele Bundchen's long sashay was an early highlight, as was a clever section that featured a biplane appearing to fly out of the stadium and circle the city's signature Christ the Redeemer statue.

The Parade of Nations is always the Games' first big test of stamina, and with new countries such as Kosovo and South Sudan taking their place in the pageant for the first time, as well as a team of refugee athletes, Rio's race through the atlas was even more gruelling than usual. But there were big cheers for nations with large immigrant communities in Brazil, such as Italy and Japan, and roars for the more recognisable flag bearers such as Rafa Nadal and Michael Phelps.

Team Great Britain led by Tennis star Andy Murray would appear to have some work to do in South America to match that pair's appeal, but the Scot waved the Union Flag with gusto and the British squad was given a warm reception.

One of the most eagerly-awaited teams, certainly among the press corps, was Russia's, if only to see if a team from a nation that had tried to fix the last Olympics – in Sochi, two years ago, through doping – really would be allowed to compete again, and hear if they would be booed. As it happened, their arrival, sandwiched between Rwanda and the Solomon Islands, was relatively low key, with some jeers that were quickly drowned out by the pockets of Russian support in the crowd.

That was never going to be an issue for Brazil's team, which brought the parade to its traditional conclusion five minutes short of two hours, and only five minutes behind schedule. Chants of "Brasil, Brasil, Brasil" reverberated around the stadium just before they emerged from the tunnel and then the crowd erupted as the athletes danced and skipped across stage.

There were no big props, no carnival floats, no giant chimneys emerging from the middle of the stadium, largely because the doors of the Maracanã were not big enough to allow access. Instead those present at the stadium and television viewers were greeted with what the director Fernando Merielles described as an analogue ceremony in a digital world, a reflection of the improvisational character of the Carioca, as Rio residents are known. The local term for it is gambiarra. Others might call it: making the best of a bad job.

As the Olympic flag was raised, a delightful low key national anthem was delivered by the guitarist Paulino da Viola. The opening ceremony truly reflected the very culture of Brazil. It was very simple but passionate. The people of Brazil have a passion for living! They didn't spend as much money as Beijing or London and it proves you don't have to spend to make something spectacular. A really fine ceremony. They got in lots of the things that everyone was expecting – the Girl from Ipanema, the Samba, the Carneval – but they also got in lots of deft and less obvious things as well, such as the environmental message and a nicely executed bit of history about this fascinating and fun country. It was done with a sense of joy but didn't have the feel of the vast vanity project, the budget was modest but they really made the best of it. Congratulations to the organisers. 

Star attraction of the Rio2016 Olympic Games Usain Bolt did not participate in the team parade. Quite a disappointment for his countrymen and fans.

Star attraction of the Rio2016 Olympic Games Usain Bolt did not participate in the team parade. Quite a disappointment for his countrymen and fans.

What happened to the star of the games – USAIN BOLT is a mystery. He had arrived in Rio but bolted from the opening and was not in the parade. Quite disappointing for the throngs of fans who were at the stadium and television viewers. 

According to Indian Express, we quote an extract that says, "Usain Bolt was a notable absentee from the Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony at the Maracana Stadium on Friday night. A key member for the Jamaican team and someone who grabs limelight and media attention for whatever he does, left fans and people in the stadium disappointed because he apparently missed the team bus.

Bolt carried the Jamaican flag at the 2012 Olympics in London, where he set the World record, but was too lazy to even be part of the contingent this time around. He shared the information on his Snapchat account shortly before the ceremony was to commence at the iconic football stadium. “Opening Ceremony time but I won’t be there people, all the buses are out,” he said in a quick message."

The Olympic Games are a global event and are watched by the entire world where the athletes attempt to break records and become the best in the world. Keeping with the spirit of the games, the motto, 'Citius, Altius, Fortius' is an apt one. The Olympic Creed reads: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." 

The creed and motto are meant to inspire the athletes to embrace the Olympics spirit and perform to the best to their abilities. Let the games begin!

 

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the opening of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Posted on 05 August 2016 by TSL

 

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August 5, 2016
Ottawa, Ontario

 

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the opening of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

“With the parade of athletes into Maracanã Stadium in Rio, the world will come together to celebrate excellence, friendship, and respect in sport with the official opening of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

I am sure that we will continue to be inspired throughout the entire 19 days of the competition by spectacular moments of strength, speed, skill, and perseverance as athletes from around the world compete for a spot on the Olympic podium. These athletes, along with their coaches, families, and friends, have sacrificed so much to reach this level, and to embody the Olympic motto – Citius – Altius – Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger).

“On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to our athletes who have displayed such tremendous dedication and commitment. They motivate us—especially our young people—to be more active in sport, whether it is in our own backyards, in local parks, or in sport venues from coast to coast to coast. We are very proud of each and every one of them, and confident that they will be excellent ambassadors of Canada’s culture, athleticism, and values.

“We, Team Canada—35 million people strong—will be watching and cheering on 314 Canadian athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Good luck and make us proud!”

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