News - - Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:00:13 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Contaminated meat blamed for cyclist’s failed drugs test as UCI lifts ban By Nick Butler

Michael Rodgers will be stripped of the Japan Cup title, but will not face a further suspension ©Getty ImagesApril 23 - Michael Rogers will be stripped of his 2013 Japan Cup Cycle Road Race title but will face no further ban after the International Cycling Union (UCI) backed his claim that a positive test for the banned substance clenbuterol resulted from the consumption of contaminated meat.]]> (Nick Butler) Featured Cycling Summer Sports Sports News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:14:20 +0100
Triple jumper Walter Davis handed one-year ban for missing three random drugs tests By Nick Butler

Walter Davis has been handed a one year ban by the US Anti Doping Agency ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 23 - Former world triple jump champion Walter Davis has been handed a one-year ban by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after becoming the latest athlete to break stringent whereabouts rules. ]]> (Nick Butler) Featured Athletics Summer Sports Sports News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:21:25 +0100
UK Sport's funding axe questioned after Britain's water polo team shocks world champions Spain By David Owen at the Manchester Aquatics Centre

Captain and goalkeeper Rosie Morris, pictured during London 2012, made some crucial saves late on in the match ©Getty ImagesApril 23 - UK Sport's decision to withdraw funding for the British women's water polo team has been called into question after they beat world champions Spain 9-7 in a hard-fought contest in Manchester.
]]> (Zjan Shirinian) Featured Aquatics Summer Sports Sports News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:52:12 +0100
St Kitts and Nevis and Grenada awarded 2015 and 2016 CARIFTA Games By Nick Butler

Usain Bolt set a world 200 metres record of 19.93sc at the 2004 CARIFTA Games in Hamilton, Bermuda ©IAAFApril 23 - Saint Kitts and Nevis have been awarded the 2015 Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) Games, an event which helped launch the career of Usain Bolt, while the 2016 event will take place in Grenada, it has been announced.]]> (Nick Butler) Featured Athletics Summer Sports Sports News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0100
Curlers, Nordic skiers and ice sledge hockey winners lead Sochi 2014 Best Team nominations By Nick Butler

Canada's dominant wheelchair curling team are in the running for the team award ©Getty ImagesApril 23 - Canada's all-conquering wheelchair curling team are among the nominees for the International Paralympic Committee Best Team award for March, based on results at Sochi 2014. ]]> (Nick Butler) Featured Sochi 2014 Paralympics Winter Paralympics Paralympics News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:01:07 +0100
Welsh Glasgow 2014 netball preparations hit by coach's absence for personal reasons By Nick Butler

Welsh players have enjoyed much improvement in recent years, but their Glasgow 2014 preparations are facing problems ©Getty ImagesApril 23 - Wales' Commonwealth Games netball preparations have been hit with three months to go until Glasgow 2014 by coach Melissa Hyndman, once described as the Sir Alex Ferguson of the sport, temporarily leaving her post due to personal circumstances.]]> (Nick Butler) Featured Other Non-Olympic Sports Sports News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:15:30 +0100
Russian "Disneyland" in Sochi Olympic Park to open doors to public in May By Nick Butler

The Sochi 2014 legacy has taken another positive step with the introduction of the Russian Disneyland ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 22 - An amusement park close to the Olympic Park in Sochi dubbed Russia's "Disneyland" will open its doors to visitors in May before a "Grand Opening" in early June, it has been revealed.]]> (Nick Butler) Featured Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Olympics News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:12:11 +0100
Valcke warns of "race against time" as he tours FIFA World Cup venues By Zjan Shirinian

Jérôme Valcke inspects the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, one of a number of stadiums causing FIFA a headache as the World Cup approaches ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 22 - The stadium hosting the opening game of the FIFA World Cup "will be ready" despite a continuing "race against time", the governing body's secretary general Jérôme Valcke has said.
]]> (Zjan Shirinian) Featured World Cup Football Summer Sports Sports News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:07:44 +0100
World number ones Saxton and Diamond dominate to top standings at Sailing World Cup in Hyères By Gary Anderson

April 22 - Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond dominated in Hyères to take charge of the Nacra 17 class ©RYA/thomtouw.comThe second day of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) World Cup in Hyères was a good one for Britain as Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond dominated the Nacra 17 class, while two other British boats topped their classes at the end of the qualification stage.
]]> (Gary Anderson) Featured Sailing Summer Sports Sports News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:32:36 +0100
Wetsuit company blueseventy announced as partner of ITU World Series By Nick Butler

The ITU Triathlon Series will be supported by blueseventy for several stops on the 2014 circuit ©ITUApril 22 - Global wetsuit company blueseventy will support three of the eight legs of the 2014 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Series, it has been announced. 
]]> (Nick Butler) Featured Triathlon Summer Sports Sports News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:52:20 +0100
English shooter Gault targets Commonwealth Games medals record at Glasgow 2014 By Gary Anderson

April 22 - Mick Gault will be shooting for the record books this summer at Glasgow 2014 ©Getty Images After coming out of retirement three years ago, England's Mick Gault will get the opportunity to become the most successful athlete in Commonwealth Games history after being named as part of England's shooting squad for Glasgow 2014.
]]> (Gary Anderson) Featured Shooting Summer Sports Sports News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:17:45 +0100
Home sailor Seguin tops 2.4mR Paralympic class while French and British tied for Sonar lead By Gary Anderson

April 22 - Damien Seguin is searching for his fifth World Cup win in Hyères ©Getty Images French Para-sailors are showing good form on home waters at Hyères with Damien Seguin leading the way in the 2.4mR class while Bruno Jourdren, Nicolas Vimont Vicary and Eric Flageul are tied for top spot in the Sonar class with the British trio.
]]> (Gary Anderson) Featured Sailing News Summer Paralympic Sports Paralympics News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:32:09 +0100
Paralympic champions lead strong British squad for Swimming European Championships By Gary Anderson

April 22 - Jonathan Fox is among a number of Paralympic and world champions named to the British squad for the IPC Swimming European Championships ©Getty Images Britain has named a squad of 31 athletes for the upcoming International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven which will be led by a trio of reigning Paralympic champions in Ellie Simmonds, Jonathan Fox and Ollie Hynd.
]]> (Gary Anderson) Featured Swimming News Summer Paralympic Sports Paralympics News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:09:19 +0100
Tokyo 2020 will give Japan "momentum" to recover from earthquake, promises Prime Minister By Duncan Mackay

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at first meeting of the Cabinet to discuss preparations for Tokyo 2020 ©The Asahi Shimbun'Getty ImagesApril 22 - Tokyo 2020 will help Japan show how it has recovered from the massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised today.]]> (Duncan Mackay) Featured Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics Olympics News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:22:40 +0100
Vietnamese Government to meet OCA in wake of Hanoi 2019 withdrawal By Nick Butler

Vietnamese Government officials will be visiting Kuwait City later this week for meetings with the OCA ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 22 - Hanoi's decision to withdraw from hosting the 2019 Asian Games is likely to figure top of the agenda when a high-level Vietnamese Government delegation visit Kuwait City tomorrow.
]]> (Nick Butler) Featured Asian Games Multi-Sport Games News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:35:26 +0100
Rome speed up plans for 2024 Olympic bid but still lack Government support By Nick Butler

CONI remain hopeful of a Rome bid for 2024 but are yet to secure Government endorsement ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 22 - Rome's preparations to bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics have taken the next step with plans to install both a Bid Committee and an operating budget, although the Italian Government are still yet to endorse the campaign.]]> (Nick Butler) Featured 2024 Summer Olympics Summer Olympics Olympics News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:06:03 +0100
Baku 2015 launch Games Academy to ensure legacy for Azerbaijan By Duncan Mackay

The Baku 2015 Academy will offer scholarships to 150 from universities in Azerbaijan and 49 from the countries of each participating National Olympic Committee ©Baku 2015April 22 - The Baku 2015 Games Academy, designed to help create a legacy for people involved in the inaugural European Games, has been launched. ]]> (Duncan Mackay) Featured Baku 2015 European Games Multi-Sport Games News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:53:57 +0100