A week in sport – Rio style08 Aug 2016
Finally, the Rio Olympics are underway. It has been a fairly lengthy pre-Games phony war, but one during which our Rio coverage team acquitted themselves superbly with a string of exclusives, scoops and investigations which put us in gold medal position.
Dirty air, dangerous slums
Brad Brooks landed a superb insight into the air quality at the Olympic host city, showing it is both dirtier and deadlier than portrayed by authorities. Brad’s deep reporting, incorporating independent testing, resulted in a superbly-timed, hard-hitting piece as the world’s gaze turned to Rio http://reut.rs/2aZeS0y. Brad followed that up with a vivid take from the favelas on how attempts to pacify the drug-riddled slums had fallen apart during Brazil’s deep recession http://reut.rs/2aZkAPF.
Scoop on “unenforceable” bans
Jack Stubbs and Karolos Grohmann broke the news that the door had been opened to potentially allow dozens of banned Russian competitors to compete in Rio. CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb told Reuters that the blanket ban on Russian athletes with past, or ‘spent’, doping convictions was “unenforceable” handing a lifeline to a number of Russians http://reut.rs/2aZfC5x.
One Russian who will not be appealing to CAS to be allowed into the Games was whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, and Reuters’ track and field specialist Gene Cherry landed that exclusive http://reut.rs/2aZgO9e.
Murky world of tickets
Josh Schneyer probed the murky world of Olympic ticketing which is dominated by a single firm, CoSport, which created a media buzz. We followed up with an on-the-ground report of long queues at CoSport venues and disgruntled fans http://reut.rs/2aZkYxL.
An enterprise story which chimed especially well with customers was Paulo Prada’s richly reported piece on Olympic counterfeits and fakes encompassing even Olympic cocaine http://reut.rs/2b0AbuM. We also carried a TV version http://reut.tv/2aZgJ5a.
The man who will never tell…
Other standouts include Alan Baldwin’s interview with Hans Grubler, the man who knows the answers but will never tell http://reut.rs/2aZhlbi and his piece on the length to which swimmers will go for a fraction of a second http://reut.rs/2aZisr8. Plus, a host of WIDER IMAGE series including the American BMX racer who bounced back from a broken hand http://reut.rs/2aZiK1k, Cariocas reflecting on the Olympics http://reut.rs/2aZjcNa and a super spread on eating local in Rio de Janeiro http://reut.rs/2aZjJyA
Until next week…
By Ossian Shine, Global Sports Editor, Reuters
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