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Greats to discuss future of the game at IRB World Rugby ConfEx

By Daniel Etchells

The IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition will take place on November 17 and 18 ©IRBA quartet of high-profile former internationals will discuss the future of rugby at the 2014 International Rugby Board (IRB) World Rugby Conference and Exhibition (ConfEx) later this month.

United States and Russian Olympic Committees claim top prizes at ANOC Gala Awards Ceremony

By Nick Butler at the Centara Convention Centre in Bangkok

Kenyan 800 metre star David Rudisha was a major win at the ANOC Gala Awards ©Getty ImagesLondon 2012 800 metres champion David Rudisha was a big winner here tonight at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Gala Awards Ceremony, with the United States and Russian Olympic Committees also honoured.

Sheikh Ahmad and Hickey re-elected to top ANOC positions

By Nick Butler at the Centara Convention Centre in Bangkok

Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah has been unanimously re-elected ANOC President ©Getty ImagesSheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah has been re-elected President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) by acclimatation here today.

French President Hollande gives big boost to Paris 2024 Olympic bid

By David Owen

French President Francois Hollande has claimed he would support a bid from Paris for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics ©Getty ImagesSupporters of a Paris bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games have received an important boost from Francois Hollande, the French President.

Former IOC marketing director claims Brazil has failed in branding stakes

By Daniel Etchells at the IMD Business School in Lausanne

Michael Payne was the keynote speaker at the Smart Cities & Sport Summit in Lausanne ©ITGFormer marketing director of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Michael Payne, claims Brazil has failed to fully exploit the opportunity of hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games within a two-year window and create an effective brand image for the country. 

Sport must unite to raise awareness of Ebola danger, claims ANOCA chief

By Nick Butler at the Centara Convention Centre in Bangkok

ANOCA chief Lassana Palenfo believes a sporting collaboration is required to tackle the Ebola crisis ©Getty ImagesSport must work to educate young people and communities about the dangers of Ebola, Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) President Lassana Palenfo has warned.

Diack and Bach receive ANOC Merit Awards as General Assembly begins

By Nick Butler at the Centara Convention Centre in Bangkok

Lamine Diack and Thomas Bach have each been awarded ANOC Merit Awards ©Getty ImagesLamine Diack and Thomas Bach received Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Merit Awards here this morning as the General Assembly began.

Hickey praised for role in helping Gambia National Olympic Committee avoiding IOC suspension

By Nick Butler at the Centara Convention Centre in Bangkok

Gambia is an early example of the IOC and ANOC achieving their objective of NOC autonomy, something highlighted as crucial by IOC chief Thomas Bach ©Getty ImagesGambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) President Momodou Dibba has hailed the re-opening of their headquarters building in Bakau as a "great start" for the Olympic Movement in its pursuit of sporting autonomy.

Celebrations beginning to mark 50 years since Tokyo 1964 Paralympics

By Nick Butler

The Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games, exactly fifty years ago ©Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesFive days of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games are due to begin in the Japanese capital tomorrow.
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