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Friday 9 December 2016

Carrzone: Rio organisers claim they have all problems covered

Visitors gather beneath the Christ the Redeemer statue as Maracana stadium, site of the Olympic opening ceremonies, stands in the background. July 5 marks the one-month mark to the beginning of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with an economic crisis, political turmoil and Zika virus fears roiling the country. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Visitors gather beneath the Christ the Redeemer statue as Maracana stadium, site of the Olympic opening ceremonies, stands in the background. July 5 marks the one-month mark to the beginning of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with an economic crisis, political turmoil and Zika virus fears roiling the country. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Despite the many concerns, from the Zika virus to rising crime, that hang over the Rio Olympics, transportation problems seem set to cause the biggest hassle.

With the state of Rio cash-strapped, plans to have a new metro system to link the tourist area of Ipanema on the south side of Rio with the Olympic Park looks like falling short of expectations.

Only those with Olympic tickets or accreditation will be allowed to use the new metro line.

But it looks as if passengers will have to complete the last part of the journey on bus as the line won't reach the Olympic Park. If the metro does not open on time, the plan is to open emergency bus lanes.

However, there is one Games initiative which Brazil's government is prepared for.

Condoms

Nine million condoms will be distributed for free, with half a million set aside for athletes and back-up staff in the Olympic Village.

The condoms are made locally from Amazon rubber trees and are also intended to foster sustainable use of the rainforest.

Euro 2016 performances see values soar for some players

With Euro 2016 reaching the semi-final stage, individual performances in the tournament have already had a marked effect on many players' worth.

Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanu's contract with Championship club Reading expired some weeks ago, after twelve years, but having scored the winner as a sub against Slovakia and then netting a stunner against Belgium, he's now in demand.

Revealing he's had offers "from around the world", the 27-year old has options.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, who joined Everton for €33m, is said to be attracted a €76.5m offer from Chelsea but has an agent who's looking for a whopping €88m.

Liverpool's Joe Allen might not figure in Jurgen Klopp's plans and is attracting interest from Swansea and Inter Milan among others. Ireland hero Robbie Brady, who cost Norwich €8.25m last season, is at the centre of a bidding war with champions Leicester City, Stoke, Southampton and West Brom. Derby are reluctant to let Jeff Hendrick move up.

Smart initiative to get young people involved in sport

Ahead of next week's 145th Open at Royal Troon, organisers teamed with Sky Sports in an educational initiative which could be considered by RTÉ, TV3 and TG4. As part of a commitment to encouraging young people participate in sport, one hundred primary school children were invited to attend a Sky Academy Skills Studio where they were enabled to create their own programmes designed to attract young people to golf.

The youngsters worked behind the scenes and in front of camera during the session. Scottish government minister Mark McDonnell noted, "Educational skills like these use the power of digital learning, creativity and sport to create a culture of healthy behaviours amongst young people." A boy and a girl will be chosen from the group to feature as sports presenters for a day during the Open.

Mercedes dilemma for Toto

With two collisions between their cars in their last five races, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have presented their Mercedes team bosses with a conundrum, namely how to win without damaging the Mercedes name. This season's incidents follow on two similar crashes last season, in the Grand Prix in Japan and the US. Anxious team boss Toto Wolff said he may have to take action but added: "I have to cool down a bit."

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