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Exclusive: Blatter set to be forced to step down as IOC member in 2016 when reaches 80

By Duncan Mackay

Sepp Blatter is set to lose his position as a member of the International Olympic Committee when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 80 ©Getty ImagesSepp Blatter will have to give up his position as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the end of 2016 even if, as expected, his retains his position as President of FIFA next year.

Bahrain and UAE want to compete at Qatar 2015 Men's World Handball Championships after all

By Nick Butler

Bahrain and UAE have requested to compete at next year's World Championships after all ©Qatar 2015Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have informed the International Handball Federation (IHF) they wish to abandon their respective withdrawals from the 2015 Men's World Championships in Qatar.

Tokyo urged to put sustainability over legacy and move 2020 Olympic venues

By Nick Butler

John Coates has urged Tokyo 2020 to consider holder events further afield in order to save costs ©Tokyo 2020/Shugo TakemiTokyo 2020 organisers have been urged to take advantage of Olympic Agenda 2020 proposals and move Olympic and Paralympics events outside the host city in order to save costs.

IOC vice-president warns Doha must adhere to Olympic Charter if they are to be awarded Games

By Daniel Etchells

Sir Craig Reedie was speaking at the IRB World Rugby ConfEx ©Getty ImagesInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Sir Craig Reedie has warned that Qatar must adhere to the Olympic Charter on things like labour rights if they are ever to be awarded the Games. 

First female British IOC member and three-time Olympian Dame Mary dies aged 96

By Nick Butler

Dame Mary Glen-Haig has passed away at the age of 96 ©FacebookInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has led tributes following the death of Great Britain's IOC honorary member Dame Mary Alison Glen-Haig at the age of 96.

Top Russian race walking official handed four year ban for "violating anti-doping rules"

By Nick Butler

The investigation followed a failed test by world and Olympic champion, Elena Lashmanova ©AFP/Getty ImagesViktor Kolesnikov, Director of Russia's Centre for Race Walking in Saransk, has been banned for four years following an investigation into systematic doping after a surfeit of failed drugs tests by athletes under his charge.

Briscoe named ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission for Rio 2016

By Paul Osborne

Penny Briscoe has been named Paralympics GB Chef de Mission for Rio 2016 ©ParlaympicsGBLongstanding official Penny Briscoe has been named ParalympicsGB's Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, it was announced today.

Baku 2015 names first athlete ambassadors for inaugural European Games

By Paul Osborne

Baku 2015 has named the first 11 Azerbaijani athletes who will become ambassadors for the inaugural European Games ©Baku 2015Baku 2015 has today announced the first 11 Azerbaijani athletes who will become ambassadors for the inaugural European Games.

Iran and Kuwait win first Asian Beach Games athletics golds at Phuket 2014

By Nick Butler on Naiyang Beach in Phuket

Sobha Taherkhani takes the first gold medal in beach athletics at an Asian Beach Games ©Phuket 2014Iran and Kuwait took the first ever Asian Beach Games athletics medals here today, triumphing in the respective shot put and long jump competitions on a day in which Thailand's medal monopoly suffered a slight knock.
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