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Exclusive: Kosovo to be accepted as FINA member before Baku 2015 - but want process sped up

By Nick Butler

Kosovo is seeking FINA membership following their IOC acceptance ©FINAKosovo Olympic Committee (KOC) President Besim Hasani has called on the International Swimming Federation (FINA) to speed up its process to accept Kosovan membership, questioning why this has not already occurred.

Rio Mayor promises "completely open" audits of all Olympic-associated projects

By Nick Butler

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes has provided an upbeat Christmas message about preparations ©AFP/Getty ImagesRio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes has claimed Olympic and Paralympic preparations are back on schedule, and insisted Organisers are "completely open" to full financial audits of all projects connected to the Games.

IOC backs new Heritage Committee for "Plugstreet" ahead of Christmas truce centenary

By Mike Rowbottom

British and German soldiers fraternise on the Western Front during one of the unofficial Christmas Day 'truces' in 1914 ©Getty ImagesThe International Olympic Committee is among backers for a Heritage Committee set up ahead of this year's centenary of the 1914 Christmas Truce by the Belgian municipality which includes Ploegsteert, scene of one of the most celebrated unofficial ceasefires on Christmas Day during which British and German soldiers exchanged gifts and played impromptu games of football.

Sion rumoured to bid for 2026 Winter Olympic Games

By Emily Goddard

The Swiss city of Sion is rumoured to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games ©Martin Doelberg/WikipediaSion in Switzerland is set to launch a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, it has been reported.

Jamaican Parliament pass new law to give country's anti-doping body more power

By Nick Butler

Structural changes have been agreed to improve the running of JADCO ©JADCOStructural changes to the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) have been agreed in order to improve the running of the organisation.

IPC leader Sir Philip and French President Hollande meet in Paris to discuss Paralympics

By Emily Goddard

Sir Philip Craven and French President François Hollande have met in Paris ©IPC/FacebookInternational Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven and French President François Hollande have met in Paris to discuss the impact and legacy hosting a Paralympic Games can have on a nation.

Japanese pair shock Chinese as Asia dominates at BWF World Superseries Finals

By Nick Butler

Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi gained a shock Japanese victory over China in the women's doubles ©Getty ImagesJapanese pair Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi produced a major shock at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals in Dubai today, beating Chinese world champions to women's doubles gold.

Prize money for FIFA Women's World Cup winners to double at Canada 2015

By Nick Butler

Prize money for the FIFA Women's World Cup, the draw for which took place at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau earlier this month, will be higher than ever before ©AFP/Getty ImagesPrize money for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup winners has doubled, while the total prize pot has increased by 50 per cent, it has been announced.

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali hospitalised with pneumonia

By Emily Goddard

Muhammad Ali has been admitted to hospital with pneumonia ©Getty ImagesBoxing great Muhammad Ali has been admitted to hospital with a "mild" case of pneumonia, his spokesman has said.
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