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Serena Williams plans to carry out more research on Zika

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has said that he is "not worried" about the Zika virus as he prepares for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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More effort is being made to allow spectators to try-out and learn more about sports on the programme at Olympic Games, IOC sports director Kit McConnell told insidethegames today. It follows the success of such initiatives here at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, where "Try the Sport" demonstrations have been in operation at virtually every venue. Sports have included the distribution of skis, and a miniature ski jump and bobsleigh track, predominantly aimed at young people but also attracting participation from older onlookers. Such schemes are popular at many events within individual summer sports, such as World Championships, but are less common at a Summer or Winter Olympics. "Certainly one thing we are looking to do in Rio is to work with the Olympic International Federations, both in the venues and other areas, about doing types of engagement activities," McConnell said. "A lot of them do this and activate it really well at World Championships. "And this type of wider engagement is something we are seeing more and more of, at both individual and multi-sport events. "So for Rio there are some discussions going on about doing this, try the sport events and other such things." A miniature bobsleigh track has proved particularly popular for youngsters here at Lillehammer 2016 ©Lillehammer 2016 A miniature bobsleigh track has proved particularly popular for youngsters here at Lillehammer 2016 ©YIS/IOC Such schemes are viewed as an obvious way to inspire more people to take up sports they are less familiar with, and could help boost local interest in Rio de Janeiro as many Brazilians are apathetic about the Games due to wider economic and social problems. It would also mark an example of something that has proved successful at a Youth Olympics being incorporated onto the bigger stage. Exact details, such as where exactly these facilities will take place, are yet to be confirmed. Similar "Try the Sport" events have also been showcased here in disciplines not currently on the Olympic programme, such as ice climbing, parkour and bandy. A "Sports Lab" also featured at the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympics, featuring climbing, skateboarding, roller skating and wushu. There are yet no plans in place to do something similar at Rio 2016 for non-Olympic sports, including the five - baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing - which have been proposed for inclusion at the subsequent at Tokyo 2020. IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell is keen for more "Try the Sport" facilities at Rio 2016 ©WTFA miniature bobsleigh track has proved particularly popular for youngsters here at Lillehammer 2016 ©Lillehammer 2016IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell is keen for more "Try the Sport" facilities at Rio 2016 ©WTF

More effort is being made to allow spectators to try-out and learn more about sports on the programme at Olympic Games, IOC sports director Kit McConnell told insidethegames today.

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“Rule 40” is the somewhat controversial rule of the Olympic Charter which prevents athletes who are competing in the Games from allowing their name, image or sporting performance to be used in advertising during a ‘blackout period’ (just before and during the Games) without the permission of the IOC.

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FILE- In this July 30, 2015 file photo, Richard Budgett, the IOC medical director, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Seeking to calm fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director told The Associated Press on Thursday Feb. 11, 2016 that “everything that can be done is being done’’ to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

LONDON (AP) - Seeking to allay fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director said "everything that can be done is being done" to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Paris has launched the logo for ts bid to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics ©Paris 2024

Paris 2024 revealed their official logo for their Olympic and Paralympic Games bid here tonight, with the design claimed to be a modern interpretation of the French capital’s most iconic symbol, the Eiffel Tower.

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