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Verpoorten elected Badminton Europe President in long-awaited reshuffle

By Nick Butler

Gregory Verpoorten, pictured during London 2012 alongside former BWF President Young Joong Kang and Prince Charles, is the new head of Badminton Europe ©Getty ImagesApril 14 - Gregory Verpoorten has been elected the new President of Badminton Europe at an Annual Delegates' Meeting in Dublin.

Schwank named as German Chef de Mission at Nanjing 2014 and Baku 2015

By Nick Butler

Bernhard Schwank, speaking during the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February, will be German Chef de Mission for two major future events ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 14 - Bernhard Schwank will be the Chef de Mission of the German teams at both the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympics and the inaugural European Games in Baku next year, it has been announced.

IJF rolling out mat to students after partnership signed with FISU

By Nick Butler

An agreement has been signed between FISU and the IJF ©FISU/IJFApril 14 - A "Collaboration Convention" has been signed between the International Judo Federation (IJF) and the International University Sports Federation (FISU) in order to promote judo further at a student level. 

Chinese athletes beak five Asian records on opening day of IPC Athletics Grand Prix

By Nick Butler

Lei Xue was among several London 2012 winners to triumph on home soil on day one in Beijing ©Getty ImagesApril 14 - London 2012 champions were to the fore as five Asian records were broken by home athletes on the first day of the International Paralympic Committee Athletics Grand Prix in Beijing today. 

FISA opens nominations for 2014 Parmigiani Spirit Award

By Emily Goddard

The World Rowing Federation has opened the nomination process for the 2014 Parmigiani Spirit Award ©FISAApril 14 - The International Rowing Federation (FISA) has put out a call for nominations for this year's Parmigiani Spirit Award.

Letter calls for resignation of Rio 2016 President as immediate action urged

By Nick Butler

Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman is facing a stinging attack on his personal role in preparations for Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesApril 14 - A miserable month for Rio 2016 has continued with a stinging letter calling for the resignation of President Carlos Nuzman, claiming he is personally responsible for all the problems affecting the future host.

Exclusive: FIS defend slopestyle after claims should be dropped from Olympics because of injury rate

By Nick Butler

The FIS were responding to calls to drop slopestyle from the Olympic programme following the high number of injuries sustained during Sochi 2014 ©Getty ImagesApril 14 - International Ski Federation (FIS) officials have hit back at claims slopestyle should be dropped from the Olympic programme following the high rate of injuries at Sochi 2014.

Polish Prime Minister confident in Kraków 2022 despite resignation of bid leader

By Nick Butler

Donald Tusk remains confident that Krakow can be successful in its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 14 - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk remains confident Kraków can be successful in its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics despite the shock resignation of bid leader Jagna Marczulajtis-Walczak over the weekend, he claimed. 

Phelps comes out of retirement as he eyes Rio 2016 glory

By Zjan Shirinian

Michael Phelps is chasing more medals as he gets back in the pool less than two years after announcing his retirement at London 2012 ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 14 - Michael Phelps, the most successful Olympian of all time, has come out of retirement less than two years after bowing out at London 2012.
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