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Nepal launches postal stamp celebrating Sochi 2014

By Emily Goddard

Nepal has launched a postal stamp celebrating the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games ©Nepal Postal ServiceA commemorative stamp celebrating the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has been launched in Nepal by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Kathmandu and the national Postal Service Department of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Education.

South Korean Prime Minister approves funding for new Pyeongchang 2018 facilities as rules out moving events abroad

By Duncan Mackay

Pyeongchang 2018 has been given a boost after the Government agreed to fund a new 40,000-capacity arena for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies ©Getty ImagesFinancial approval was granted today to build a new KRW 86 billion (£50 million/$78 million/€64 million) 40,000-capacity venue to host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang as South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Hong-won categorically ruled out moving any events abroad.

"We achieved even more than we dreamed about" at Sochi 2014, claims Putin

By Duncan Mackay

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed the success of Sochi 2014 at his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow ©The KremlinThe success of Sochi 2014 surpassed the expectations of even Russia, despite international attempts to sabotage it, claimed President Vladimir Putin today.

Olympic gold medallist given eight-year ban by USADA for his part in Tyson Gay's doping offence

By Mike Rowbottom

Jon Drummond has received an eight-year ban for assisting his sprinter Tyson Gay to take banned substances ©Getty ImagesTyson Gay's coach, Jon Drummond, has been given an eight-year ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after arbitrators concluded he had convinced the sprinter - who has also served a doping suspension - to take illegal substances.

Basketball World Cup candidates attend workshop at FIBA headquarters

By Daniel Etchells

FIBA President Horacio Muratore (front, third from left) with the delegations of the six countries on the shortlist to stage the 2019 and 2023 editions of the Basketball World Cup ©FIBASix countries shortlisted to stage the next two editions of the Basketball World Cup have attended a workshop at the International Basketball Federation's (FIBA) headquarters in Mies. 

GB Taekwondo in search for heavyweight hopefuls in sight of Rio 2016

By Paul Osborne

GB Taekwondo have lanunced the Fighting Chance initative as they look for heavyweight alent in the build up to Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesGB Taekwondo has launched a nationwide talent spotting initiative as it seeks new athletes to represent Britain at major international events, including the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Spanish Olympic Committee appoints judo legend as vice-president

By Daniel Etchells

Judoka Isabel Fernández has been appointed vice-president of the Spanish Olympic Committee ©COEThe Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) has appointed judoka Isabel Fernández as its vice-president, after the proposal of President Alejandro Blanco was approved at the organisation's Executive Committee meeting.

Toomey appointed Ireland Chef de Mission for Rio 2016 Paralympics

By Duncan Mackay

Denis Toomey has been appointed Chef de Mission for Ireland's Paralympic team at Rio 2016 ©TwitterDenis Toomey has been appointed Chef de Mission for Ireland's Paralympic team at Rio 2016, it has been announced. 

First VIP ticket for 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival Opening Ceremony presented to Austrian President

By Daniel Etchells

The Austrian Olympic Committee delegation with the Federal President of Austria (fourth from left) at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna ©EYOF 2015The first VIP ticket for the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) Opening Ceremony has been presented to the Federal President of Austria, Heinz Fischer.
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