SPORTS Olympics Swimming and Olympic hopeful Yusra Mardini of Syria shown at a training session in Berlin.

Visa to sponsor refugee athletes in Olympics

Visa Inc, operator of the world’s largest payments network, said on Wednesday it had signed sponsorship deals with all ten members of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) refugee team, essentially becoming their first corporate sponsor.

SPORTS Swimming

Now you go to Rio, now you don’t


Greek swimmer Kristel Vourna was told by the sport’s world governing body FINA that she had made the list for the Rio 2016 Olympics, only to find out to her huge disappointment she had been left out after all: her original inclusion had been due to an administrative error, FINA admitted.



Young Munich shooting victim buried in Greece

Hussein Daitzik, 17, one of the nine victims of a July 22 shooting in Munich, has been buried in his family's native village near the Greek city of Komotini. His parents and two siblings – they and Hussein were triplets – attended alongside his 72-year-old grandmother, who lives in the village. It appeared that the whole village, both Christians and Muslims, turned out. Hussein's many friends, who had expected him on his annual family vacation this week, have done the same tattoo on their hands: “R.I.P. Hussein 22/7/16.” [AP]