Dunga, the coach of the Brazilian Men’s National Football Team, is travelling around Europe together with co-ordinator Gilmar Rinaldi and assistant Andrey Lopes, seeking the release of players aged over 23 and also to discuss the physical situation of those players who are of an Olympic age for the Olympic Games to be staged in Rio de Janeiro. As no team is forced to release players aged over 23 for the Olympic Games, he is currently involved in individual negotiations with each of the players involved. Among the athletes under discussion is Neymar, who is now 24 years old and playing for Spanish powerhouses FC Barcelona.
The Brazilian manager wants the former Santos FC ace playing in the Olympics and also at the Centenary Edition of the Copa America (to be played in the United States between 3 and 26 June), and has already said that, should he have to choose one of these, he shall give priority to the matches of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro – this decision is largely due to the fact that the competition shall be held in Brazil and also the fact that the Brazilian Seleção has never won this gold medal.
Janeth will carry the Olympic Torch
Brazilian basketball player Janeth is one of the athletes who have already been selected to carry the Olympic Torch throughout Brazil. This great player, who has played for Brazil’s women’s basketball team at four Olympics (coming away with a silver medal in 1996 and bronze in 2000), showed happiness at the choice and also showed herself to be well aware of her task in front of the Brazilian fans.
Janeth already carried the torch in the state of Santa Catarina during the torch relay for the Sydney Olympics in 2000, but it is not yet known exactly where she shall carry the Olympic symbol in Brazil. To help her with the task, Janeth has selected Karine Batista, who takes care of the administrative side of her women’s basketball institute which caters to some 10 thousand people interested in the sport. The Olympic Torch arrives in Brasília in May and should be carried by some 12 thousand people throughout the streets of Brazil.
Athletics medals in London 2012 as yet undefined due to doping
The medals of one of the races in women’s track and field at the 2012 London Olympics have not yet been given their definite owners, because of constant allegations of doping. This time, it was the turn of Turkish athlete Gamze Bulut, who came in second place in the 1,500 metre dash at the time, who ended up suspended from competition under suspicion of use of banned substances between 2011 and 2013.
Out of the 11 finalists of this event, four have already been suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) for doping: Abeba Aregawi (a Swedish athlete who competed under the flag of Ethiopia), Asli Çakir Alpttetkin (Turkey) Nataliya Kareiva (Belarus), and Ekaterina Kostetskaya (Russia). If yet another disqualification is confirmed, then the new podium for this race shall be as follows, four years after: Maryam Yusuf Jamal (gold, representing Bahrein), Tatyana Tomashova (silver, Russia) and Abeba Aregawi (bronze, Ethiopia).