We’re still 1,380 days out from the Rio Games, so while we won’t be learning the official motto or meeting the official mascots for some time, we at OlympicTalk are proud to unveil the official Rio 2016 Olympics font. It was designed by Swiss typographers Dalton Maag and feels a bit like Lucinda meets Disney, but we actually kind of like it.
“The letters are written in single continuous strokes, with fast and fluid motions, suggesting the movements of the athletes in action. The strong contrast between thick and thin strokes was explored during the design process by putting brush to paper and writing by hand. The variety of the curves in the different letters has a unique informality, inspired by the joyfulness of the Brazilian people.”
Canadian Olympic Committee president quits amid sexual harassment inquiry
MONTREAL (AP) — Marcel Aubut has resigned as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee while under investigation for a sexual harassment complaint.
The committee said in a statement Saturday its investigation now ends. Since the original complaint, two other women made allegations against Aubut.
The committee calls the matter “deeply concerning,” saying it has had a “profound impact on our Olympic family.” The committee adds that its board will begin the process of appointing an interim president in the coming days.
Aubut already had temporarily stepped aside as committee president and chairman of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. The committee had retained a former chief justice of the Quebec Superior Court to investigate the initial complaint.
The 67-year-old Aubut was CEO of the NHL’s Quebec Nordiques until the team moved to Colorado in 1995. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
China is set to play in its ninth straight Olympic men’s basketball tournament after beating the Philippines 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship on Saturday.
The Chinese were guided by former NBA power forward Yi Jianlian, a three-time Olympian who led the team in scoring and rebounding at the last Olympics. Yi scored 11 points with 15 rebounds Saturday.
Yi and company kept the Philippines, with former NBA forward Andray Blatche, from qualifying for the Olympics for the first time since 1972. Blatche scored a team-leading 17 points.
China went 0-5 at London 2012, failing to win a game at an Olympics for the first time since 1992. Now-retired Yao Ming led the team in 2000, 2004 and 2008, but the nation has never reached the Olympic semifinals.
The 2016 Olympic men’s basketball field:
Brazil — Host nation U.S. — 2014 World champion Australia — Oceania champion Nigeria — Africa champion Argentina — Americas finalist Venezuela — Americas finalist Spain — Europe finalist Lithuania — Europe finalist China — Asia champion
Three winners of three July global, last-chance qualifying tournaments
The three last-chance qualifying tournament fields will be six nations each, including three to-be-named, wild-card nations, plus these 15 nations:
Serbia — 2014 World silver medalist
France — 2014 World bronze medalist Greece — last Olympics: 2008 Italy — last Olympics: 2004 Czech Republic — last Olympics: Never Puerto Rico — last Olympics: 2004 Canada — last Olympics: 2000 Mexico — last Olympics: 1976 Iran — last Olympics: 2008 Japan — last Olympics: 1976 Philippines — last Olympics: 1972 Tunisia — only Olympic appearance was 2012 Angola — last Olympics: 2008 Senegal — last Olympics: 1980 New Zealand — last Olympics: 2004