The modern Olympic Games are the world's main international, multi-discipline sports events, in which thousands of athletes from more than 200 nations participate in a variety of competitions.
The Olympic Games are held every four years. The Summer and Winter Games take place two years apart: The 2014 Winter Games took place in Sochi, Russia. The next Summer Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016. This page collates recent DW content concerning the Olympics.
A Brazil judge has sentenced eight men to up to 15 years for plotting a jihadist attack on the 2016 Rio Olympics. Authorities described the group as an "amateur" and downplayed any ties to the so-called "Islamic State."
Tokyo is set to host the Summer Olympics in 2020. But plans to make the Japanese capital smoke-free have hit a catch: Restaurants have been fighting back against a bill that would ban smoking in all public and enclosed spaces, saying it will put many of them out of business.
Brazil is known as a football powerhouse. It's the home of Pelé, Ronaldo and Neymar. But do you also know Marta? She's scored more goals for the Brazilian national team than Pelé, and she's the only player ever to have won five golden balls, the highest honor in football. Even so, Brazil’s football federation considered disbanding its national women’s team after the Rio Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee has made the protection of human rights a specific reference in its contract with host cities. Leading rights groups, including HRW and Amnesty, have praised the move.