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The Maria Lenak Aquatic Centre in Rio de Janeiro in October 2013. This venue will host Water Polo and Diving for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

RIO 2016: The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games today wrapped up its sixth visit to the Brazilian host city (19-21 March) with a clear message to the organisers that every second counts.

Penny Taylor shoots for the basket during an International Basketball Friendly match.

BASKETBALL: A star-studded Australian women's basketball squad descended on Canberra on Sunday, with several big names welcomed into camp for the first time in preparation for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.

(L to R) Craig Phillips, Julien Prosser, Kitty Chiller, Chris Fydler and Matt Favier of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team Executive pose for a group photo at Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 20, 2013 during a Rio 2016 planning visit.

BLOG: Last time I posted a blog it was 1,000 days to go until the Rio Opening Ceremony in 2016. Today it is just 867 days to go and writing this blog provided an opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved in the last 133 days.

Susie O'Neill and Michael Klim out enjoying the Sydney Olympic Games in September 2000.

SWIMMING: Dual Olympic gold medallists Susie O'Neill and Michael Klim were on Thursday officially announced as mentors to the national team's leadership group.

Australia have won the women's rugby sevens title in Brazil with a 24-12 victory over New Zealand.

Tiana Penitani of Australia makes a break to score a try in the Women's Rugby Sevens during day three of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival at St Ignatius College on January 18, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

Winning an Olympic gold medal is an even greater priority for 2016 than Test match rugby.

(L-R) Guzel Khubbieva of Uzbekistan, Melissa Breen of Australia and Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie of the Bahamas compete in the Women's 100m Round 1 Heats on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England.

Melissa Breen of the ACT is the new Australian 100m record holder

Anna Meares of Australia in action in race one of the Women's Sprint Quarter Finals on day two of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at Manchester Veledrome on November 2, 2013 in Manchester, England.

Anna Meares will go into her first world track cycling championships in two years with a simple philosophy - to win.

World class coach recruited

6 February 2014
Rachel Bugg (L) and Loudy Wiggins (R) compete during the Women's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2012 in London, England.

Diving's quest for Rio 2016 glory has received a huge boost, with the recruitment of a world-class International coach and a major expansion of the sport’s High Performance program.

Athletes compete in 3v3 Basketball at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

The international basketball federation has renewed hope the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics could stage its street-inspired 3-on-3 game.