Olympic torch relay seeks to win over sceptical Parisians

Olympic torch relay seeks to win over sceptical Parisians

The torch relay ahead of the Paris Olympics reached the French capital for the first time on Sunday, with organisers hoping to build enthusiasm for the Games among the city's sceptical residents. The flame was first glimpsed during the traditional military parade held every year on Bastille Day and then began its tour around the city from the Champs-Elysees.








Four-time Olympian Katie Ledecky still the gold standard

Four-time Olympian Katie Ledecky still the gold standard

Twelve years on from her stunning 800m freestyle victory at the London Olympics, Katie Ledecky is headed to Paris for her fourth straight Games aiming to extend an astonishing run of sustained excellence. The American freestyle great, whose talents were once dubbed "otherworldly" by Michael Phelps' mentor Bob Bowman, brings an even-keeled approach that doesn't hide a fierce competitive streak as she vies to add to her cache of 10 Olympic medals —seven of them gold.


Palestinian athletes told to take "resistance" to the Olympics

Palestinian athletes told to take "resistance" to the Olympics

Eight Palestinian athletes taking part in the Paris Olympics will be symbols of "resistance" during the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, a Palestinian minister said Sunday as the official delegation left the occupied West Bank. This will be the eighth time Palestinian athletes have taken part in the Olympics since 1996, but Olympic committee head Jibril Rajoub said the athletes had never felt so much attention.