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A week in sport – Rio style

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.

2016 Rio Olympics - Opening Ceremony - Maracana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 05/08/2016. People watch fireworks from the Maracana Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony, from the Mangueira favela. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

2016 Rio Olympics – Opening Ceremony – Maracana – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 05/08/2016. People watch fireworks from the Maracana Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony, from the Mangueira favela. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Whistleblowing exclusive
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.

Olympic Cocaine?
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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Reuters-TIMA on the ground at Euro 2016

Live position at the Paris Fanzoe

As tens of thousands of football fans gathered in Paris for the opening game of the Euro 2016, Reuters-TIMA set up live positions near the Eiffel Tower fan zone and the Stade-de-France to serve clients a month-long football feast. The main football event in Europe is being closely monitored by hundreds of media organisations not only for what happens on the pitch but also due to the heightened security situation in the country.

For the opening day on the 10th of June, Reuters-TIMA had a live position at the entrance of the Paris fan zone from the early hours of morning until the crowds left the area at night. The service also provided Reuters clients with a live feed from inside the fan zone, showing the atmosphere of the crowd gathered for the opening game – France vs Romania. However, for clients who preferred to have the venue of the game as background,  a second live position provided a perfect Stade-de-France backdrop.

For the rest of the tournament, Reuters-TIMA Location Services will be operational in Lyon and Marseille for the semi-finals, and back in Paris for the big final of Euro 2016.

Reuters-TIMA Live position

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Automated Sports News Packages are Here!

Since the beginning of this US College Football season, the Reuters Sports team has been in the lab collaborating with Graphiq, a company that specializes in making big data easy to digest.  Now, we are thrilled to share the first output…

Starting this weekend and continuing through to the College Football National Championship, Reuters and Graphiq will be automatically generating sports news packages at the conclusion of each NCAA FBS game—with full length text recaps and hosted graphics to go with them—for any editorial publisher to use in their digital projects, for free

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While the initial rollout is only NCAA FBS, we plan to use our learnings from the remainder of the season to launch auto-generated news packages in other sports in 2016. We need your help to expand our technology, so please leave your feedback in the comments below. Let us know what you like, what changes you’d like to see, what sports you want to see covered in the future, and anything else you want to tell us.

The packages are available to the public on Open Media Express and existing Media Express subscribers need only to ask their account manager to give them access to the feed. Some stories from earlier this week are already up, so log on today!

The Reuters News Agency has a 160 year tradition of finding the best ways to use technology to deliver more news to our clients, faster, and today we’re adding another chapter to that story. Keep checking the blog for more automated sports content unveilings.  Our partnership with Graphiq will soon help us offer much more for our customers —including a wide variety of hosted graphics that can be accessed via Open Media Express that will go far beyond College Football.

Want to increase your sports coverage? Learn more about Reuters sports news packages here!