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Kosovo set to compete at Rio 2016 after granted Olympic recognition

By Nick Butler in Lausanne

Provisional recognition has been granted to the Kosovo Olympic Committee by the IOC ©AFP/Getty ImagesProvisional recognition has been granted to Kosovo by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), meaning athletes from the country are set to compete at Rio 2016.

Exclusive: Leading Gambian sports official slams "dictatorial" IOC interference in country

By Nick Butler in Lausanne

IOC action in The Gambia has been strongly criticised in a longstanding dispute ©Getty ImagesA leading sports official in The Gambia has accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of being "dictatorial" as the country faces the threat of suspension. 

IOC heading for clouds with new technology at Rio 2016 and beyond

By Nick Butler

Cloud-based computer systems have been hailed as the future of the Olympic Games ©Getty ImagesMarta Sanfeliu, general manager of Olympic TOP sponsor Atos, has claimed the Olympic environment is "perfect" for cloud-based technology following confirmation the system will be used on a far greater scale at Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018.

Badminton world number one fails drugs test, it is claimed

By Nick Butler

Lee Chong Wei has been one of sport's outstanding players for the last decade ©AFP/Getty ImagesBadminton has been left reeling this morning by widespread reports that Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia's world number one ranked men's singles player and one of the biggest stars in the sport, has failed a drugs test. 

Head of FIFA World Cup Inspection Group wants matches at Qatar 2022 after midnight

By Daniel Etchells

Harold Mayne-Nicholls (right) led FIFA's technical commission which assessed the Qatar 2022 bid ©Getty ImagesThe administrator who led the FIFA Inspection Group that evaluated the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has claimed matches could be staged after midnight in Qatar to avoid the searing heat in the Gulf country. 

Beijing 2022 calling on Chinese public to submit ideas for bid slogan

By Nick Butler

Beijing 2022 are calling for the Chinese public to submit proposals for their 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic bid slogan ©Beijing 2022In an effort to show popular engagement with their effort to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Chinese public are being encouraged to submit ideas for a Beijing 2022 bid slogan.

Ground to be broken on new Pyeongchang 2018 speed skating rink

By Paul Osborne

Groundbreaking will begin on a new speed skating ice rink next week as preparations push ahead for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games ©Getty ImageConstruction on the speed skating rink for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang is due to begin next week following months of controversy over its redesign.

Croatian boxer suspended for life after punching referee

By Paul Osborne

Croatian boxer Vido Loncar has been provisionally suspended for life after punching the referee at the European Youth Boxing Championships in Zagreb ©YoutubeCroatian boxer Vido Loncar has been provisionally suspended for life after punching the referee at the European Youth Boxing Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

Indian boxer to miss World Championships after banned by AIBA for Incheon 2014 medal protest

By Paul Osborne

Sarita Devi has been provisonally suspended by the AIBA after refusing her medal at the Asian Games in Incheon ©Getty ImagesIndia's Sarita Devi has been provisionally suspended by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) after her protest on the medal podium at the Asian Games in Incheon last month, meaning she will miss next month's World Championships. 
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