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4 athletes from D.R. Congo have gone missing

Four athletes from the Democratic Republic of Congo have gone missing. Having taken their luggage from their rooms in the Olympic Village, they aren’t answering their phones, and have not been seen since. Some suspect they may be seeking to remain in the UK for a better quality of life - though they won’t be committing a crime until their visas expire in November.

A good enough legacy: the long term impact of London 2012

Phil Cohen asks whose vision of the future the Olympic legacy will fulfill.

Meet the Superhumans: We love this adrenaline-pumped trailer for C4’s coverage of the Paralympics. Will London 2012 live up to its promise of putting the Paralympians on an equal ranking with their Olympic counterparts? We’ve no idea - but after this ad, we’re itching to find out.

How much will a gold medal earn you? It depends who you are.

Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton, Sir Chris Hoy and Mo Farah could earn upwards of £1m a year, say agents, but other gold medallists may find it difficult to stand out to sponsors.

Digital solidarity at the Olympics

Although there has been criticism of digital censorship at the Olympics, Camille Brown is celebrating the reverse: the online solidarity and voices for female athletes competing for the first time in these Games.

16 days to turn the city around for the biggest Paralympics in history

Now that we’ve got the warm-up out of the way, London now has just 16 days to turn itself into the venue for the largest Paralympics in history. And there’s a lot more involved in that transition than you might think.

2 Hours of Sport a Day is Unrealistic (Unless You Attend Eton)

Cameron Corbett of the Telegraph unpicks the UK government’s mixed messages about sport in schools. Having removed targets and reduced funding for sport in schools, is Boris’ suggestion of a mandatory 2 hours a day helpful, idealistic, or just jumping on the bandwagon?

Rio 2016 Should Be Gender Equal

Synchronized Swimming, a women-only event, is one of several imbalances between the sexes at this year’s Olympics.

Gay Role Models Are In Short Supply

Out of more than ten thousand athletes competing at the Games, just two dozen are out and proud, only 3 of whom are men. You could hardly expect every LGBT athlete to declare their sexuality on a talk show, but however you look at it, it’s a worryingly small figure. As Simon Briggs points out in this great piece for the Telegraph, athletes have the power to make seismic shifts in social consciousness - think of the impact Jesse Owens’ victory made in 1936 Berlin. 

In 73 of the countries that have sent a team to the London Games, male homosexuality is illegal. In many parts of the Middle East, it is punishable by death. The Olympics are a global event, and representation is important. To stand up to oppression and discrimination around the world, we need strong, admirable role models. Where are they?

'Games Pastors' Provide Spiritual Support

An inter-denominational scheme to include churches in the London 2012 Games has dreamt up ‘Street Pastors’ - volunteers responsible for Games-goers’ wellbeing.

Smog won't just affect the athletes

There were warnings before the Games that London’s air pollution could cause athletes to under-perform. But poor air quality doesn’t just affect Olympians: all Londoners should bear in mind the quality of the air they’re breathing.

Nifty little update to the Tube map from stickersonthecentralline:

CHAPTER TWO: Preparation
“As part of our commitment to the London Olympics, Transport for London will rationalise their service delivery programme” a spokesperson announced today. “As the leading transport provider in London we remain committed to innovation and providing a world class consumer experience to underpin the Olympics” he added. The move to open new stations he conceded “may have an impact on other non essential, non Olympic services”.

Nifty little update to the Tube map from stickersonthecentralline:

CHAPTER TWO: Preparation

“As part of our commitment to the London Olympics, Transport for London will rationalise their service delivery programme” a spokesperson announced today. “As the leading transport provider in London we remain committed to innovation and providing a world class consumer experience to underpin the Olympics” he added. The move to open new stations he conceded “may have an impact on other non essential, non Olympic services”.

The shameful past of the Olympic Games

A blog post outlining the questionable history of the Games, from the continued refusal to commemorate the dead athletes from the Munich hijack, to the lasting influence Hitler and the Nazi Party have had on the competition.

Ennis, Farah, Murray: here ends the state school myth

John Harris counters Rupert Murdoch’s statement that most successful British athletes hail from private schools - as last weekend’s haul of gold medals helps to prove.