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A Brazilian court has frozen bank accounts belonging to Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, who is accused of malfeasance in connection with the construction of the golf course used during the 2016 Olympics.

The Friday's order also applies to Fiori, the firm that won the contract to build the course, which never paid 2.39 million reais ($710,000) in environmental assessments on the project. The assessments were waived "contrary to all to the recommendations of the Environmental Secretariat", prosecutors said in the indictment.

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Los Angeles, Budapest and Paris have successfully passed the second round of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Candidature Process for the 2024 Summer Olympics, the IOC has said.

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Ahead of the auctions for the second season of Pro Wrestling League (PWL) organised by ProSportify in association with Wrestling Federation of India, reigning Olympic champion in women's 75 kg freestyle Erica Wiebe of Canada has confirmed participation in the second season of the Pro Wrestling League.

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach says he "still does not understand" why Russian athletes were sanctioned at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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Only one month after claiming the men's 20-kilometre race walk title at the Rio Olympic Games, China's Wang Zhen has already set his sights on defending gold at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

"I do not know how fast I will be able to walk in four years, after all a person's form and physical condition can be different each and every day. But I will just try my best to maintain my form," said the 25-year-old Wang on Tuesday.

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Greek veteran triple jumper Pigi Devetzis, who won the silver medal in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and the bronze in the 2008 Beijing Games, has admitted that she was under inquiry by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding her participation in the Beijing Olympics, but strongly denied allegations that she had used doping substances.

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Rome's grassroots Mayor Virginia Raggi has rejected a bid to host the 2024 Olympics as financially "irresponsible" for the cash-strapped capital, a move that has effectively dealt a fatal blow to its candidacy.

"This is our position: It is irresponsible to say yes to this candidature," she told a packed media conference on Wednesday.

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