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Dubai praised by badminton world champion ahead of World Superseries Finals

By Nick Butler 

World champion Chen Long on the Dubai Creek during his visit to the Emirate ©BWFBadminton world champion Chen Long has described Dubai as a "wonderful place to compete" following a promotional visit to the Emirate ahead of the season-ending Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Superseries Finals.

Kondo shines as Japan dominates day one of Judo Junior World Championships

By Gary Anderson

Ami Kondo of Japan (blue) added the junior world title to her senior crown at the IJF Junior World Championships in Florida ©IJFSenior world champion Ami Kondo confirmed her status as one of the major talents in the sport after adding the International Judo Federation (IJF) Junior World Championship title to her collection on a day that saw Japan claim three of the four gold medals on offer in Fort Lauderdale.

FIFA Inspection Committee chief says preparations for 2018 World Cup are on track

By Daniel Etchells

Christian Unger, head of FIFA's Inspection Committee, addressed the media outside the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow ©Getty ImagesChristian Unger, head of FIFA's Inspection Committee, claims preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia are "going according to plan" after world football's governing body completed their inspection of five of the tournament's venues.

United States Olympic Committee names new athlete ombudsman

By Paul Osborne

The United States Olympic Committee announced the hiring of Kathleen Wallace as the organizations new athlete ombudsman ©Baldwin Scholars Duke UniversityThe United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has today named licensed attorney and mediator Kathleen "Kacie" Wallace as its new athlete ombudsman.

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. 
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