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2016 Rio Olympic torch relay to reach 90 percent of people

President of Brazil's Olympic Committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman attends a press conference to launch the Olympic torch relay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Organizers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics say the Olympic torch relay will visit 250 towns and cities, reaching 90 percent of Brazil's 200 million people. Organizers gave few specific details Thursday about the exact route, but the announcement of the on-going preparation is another milestone with the games set to start in 1 1/2 years. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Organizers of the torch relay for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro say it will visit 250 towns and cities across Brazil, reaching 90 percent of its 200 million people.

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Doping case gives unwanted attention to Olympic host nation

In this July 30, 2013 file photo, Brazil's Joao Gomes Junior looks up after finishing a Men's 50m breaststroke semifinal at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. The Brazilian Swimming Confederation confirmed in the third full week of January 2015 that Gomes, a member of three winning relay teams, had tested positive for a banned diuretic, a substance that if often used as a masking agent that can hide the presence of other drugs. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian swimming reached new heights in December when it topped the gold-medal table at the short-course world championships in Qatar.

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Rio official says there’s ‘no plan B’ for Olympic sailing

In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 photo, boys play next to an abandoned boat, on the garbage-littered shore of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro state's top environmental official acknowledged at a Friday, Jan. 23rd press conference, that the Olympic pledge of slashing by 80 percent the levels of pollution flowing into the trash- and raw sewage-filled Guanabara Bay is unattainable by next year's summer games. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers said Tuesday they have “no plan B” for the 2016 games’ sailing competitions, despite a recent admission by the state’s top environment official that it will be impossible to meet pledges to clean up the raw sewage- and trash-filled waters where the events are to be staged.

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