Brazil is in crisis. The government of President Dilma Rousseff is teetering on the brink of collapse, barely mourned by a population who equate her term in office with widespread corruption and economic mismanagement. Rousseff’s coalition partners recently pulled out of the government, pushing her ruling party closer to the exit door. Ministerial resignations have become commonplace: last week the Brazilian Sports Minister, George Hilton, departed. Suddenly the preparedness of Rio for the opening of the Olympic Games on Aug 5 has been put into stark perspective. The country appears to be in chaos.

Melissa Tapper has become the first Australian to qualify to compete at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games after sealing one of three qualification berths for Rio 2016 on offer at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Oceania Championships at the Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo.

The Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation (NOC*NSF) has claimed it is up to the nation’s volleyball federation to impose a ban on convicted rapist and promising beach volleyball star Steven Van de Velde after he was given a four-year jail sentence.

The 30-year-old from New Jersey will compete in the hijab in Rio. She’s planning to use her profile to combat bigotry – and she wants a gold medal, too

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical and Scientific Commission chair Uğur Erdener will lead a delegation to the University of Brighton to review their anti-doping research.

Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has claimed Rio 2016 will "definitely" be his last Olympic appearance, seemingly quashing any chance of him competing at Tokyo 2020.