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Exclusive: Gold Coast 2018 set to replace basketball with 3x3, claims FIBA sports director

By Daniel Etchells at the Marriott Hotel in Doha

3x3 basketball could replace the traditional version of the sport at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, it has been claimed ©FIBAIt was claimed here today that 3x3 basketball will feature at the next Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018, instead of the traditional version of the sport.

Exclusive: IOC satisfied with Pyeongchang 2018 sliding venue despite unnecessary expenditure

By Nick Butler at the Alpensia Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang

Construction work at the Alpensia Sliding Centre is currently around 20 per cent complete ©ITGInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission member Adam Pengilly has praised "swift" construction at the Pyeongchang 2018 sliding sports venue, although the necessity of some added features has been questioned.

New WADA research fund attracts $6.5 million from Governments for fight against doping

By David Owen

A total of 12 Governments around the world have contributed more than $6 million to a World Anti-Doping Agency research fund ©WADAThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is developing an application process for researchers after revealing that its embryonic fund for new anti-doping research had attained a potential of almost $13 million (£8 million/€11 million).

Tokyo 2020 continues to prove gold-plated choice as sixth domestic sponsor signs up

By Duncan Mackay

Tokyo 2020 have signed up JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation as its latest Gold Partner ©Tokyo 2020Tokyo 2020 today unveiled JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation as its sixth Gold Partner as the decision to award the Olympics and Paralympics to the Japanese capital continues to prove a lucrative choice.

Historic agreement between UNICEF and Baku 2015 to promote young people's sporting activity

By Mike Rowbottom at the Fairmont Hotel in Baku

Minister Rahimov and Ms Poirier sign the historic agreement ©Baku2015A world-first collaboration has been announced between UNICEF and Baku 2015 that, it is claimed, will enable young people throughout Azerbaijan to enrich their lives through sport.

Qatar Olympic Academy sign MoU with International School Sport Federation

By Daniel Etchells at the Marriott Hotel in Doha

Laurent Petrynka (left), President of the ISF, with Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani (right), secretary general of the QOC and President of the QOA, at the signing of the MoU ©QOCThe Qatar Olympic Academy (QOA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International School Sport Federation (ISF) here tday.

Montsho banned for two-years after positive drugs test at Glasgow 2014

By Duncan Mackay

Botswana's Amantle Montsho has been banned for two years following a positive drugs test at Glasgow 2014 ©Getty ImagesBotswana's former world 400 meres champion Amantle Montsho has been suspended for two years after testing positive for banned drugs during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year, it was announced today. 

TV rights owners will go belly up if we don't end piracy, claims La Liga President Tebas

By Emily Goddard at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami

Javier Tebas has warned TV rights owners will go belly up if piracy is not eliminated ©ITGJavier Tebas, President of Spain's La Liga, has warned that television rights owners will go "belly up" if piracy is not eliminated from the sports media market.

UAE welcome back when they follow rules, says FEI vice-president

By Emily Goddard at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami

John Madden has said the FEI will welcome back the UAE when they follow the rules ©SPORTELJohn Madden, first vice-president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), has said the United Arab Emirates will be "perfectly welcome" back into the sport when it shows exactly how it will follow the rules.
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