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Role of Brazilian Government in Rio 2016 preparations blasted during ASOIF General Assembly

By Nick Butler at the Susesi Convention Center in Belek

ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Ditti strongly criticised preperations for Rio 2016 today ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 8 - Concern with preparations for Rio 2016, long bubbling beneath the surface, came shooting to the fore today after damning criticism during the General Assembly of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).

Erdener elected to ASOIF Executive Council to replace McQuaid

By Nick Butler at the Susesi Convention Center in Belek

Ugur Erdener was elected to the Executive Council of ASOIF today ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 8 - Uğur Erdener was elected as a member of the Executive Council for the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) during the organisation's General Assembly here today. 

Pistorius breaks down as he describes moment he killed girlfriend

By Zjan Shirinian

Oscar Pistorius has, for the first time, publicly recounted the moment he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 8 - An emotionally distraught Oscar Pistorius has described the moment he fired the bullets which killed his girlfriend.

Confederations Cup "added $4 billion to Brazil GDP", says study

By David Owen

The Confederations Cup, won by Brazil, created more than 300,000 jobs according to the study by the Economic Research Institute Foundation ©Getty ImagesApril 8 - The Brazilian Government has fired a numerical salvo in the direction of critics who continue to argue that hosting sporting mega-events such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games is not in the country's best interests.

Secretary general of Libyan Olympic Committee to step down

By Gary Anderson

April 8 - The LOC is due to hold elections later this month with Marwan Kamel Maghur due to stand down as secretary general ©LOCLibyan Olympic Committee (LOC) secretary general Marwan Kamel Maghur has confirmed to insidethegames he will step down from the role following elections at the end of this month.

Olympic silver medallist Nevin recovering in hospital after leg broken in horror attack

By Gary Anderson

April 8 - Irish boxer John Joe Nevin suffered a broken leg following a vicious attack in Mullingar last weekend ©Getty Images Ireland's Olympic boxing silver medallist John Joe Nevin is recovering in hospital after having his shin bone re-set following a horror attack that left him with a broken leg in what is being described as an "extended family dispute".

"I'm in at the deep end" says Farah ahead of marathon debut in London

By Zjan Shirinian

Mo Farah is one star name among many lining up for the start of this year's men's race in the London Marathon ©Getty ImagesApril 8 - Double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah admitted he has gone "straight in at the deep end" by running his first competitive marathon against one of the strongest line-ups London organisers have ever brought to the start line.

Oceania Taekwondo Championships rescheduled for Sydney Olympic Park after Papua New Guinea withdrawal

By Gary Anderson

April 8 - The 2014 Oceania Taekwondo Championships will now take place in Australia after original hosts Papua New Guinea pulled out ©Getty Images This year's Oceania Taekwondo Championships have been moved to the Sydney Olympic Park after original hosts Papua New Guinea informed the Oceania Taekwondo Union (OTU) they would not be able to stage the event.

Badminton England launch "game-changing" National League

By Gary Anderson

April 8 - Andrew Ellis and Chris Adcock could be two of the players to star in the new National Badminton League launched by Badminton England today ©Getty Images A new National Badminton League (NBL) is set to get underway later this year which will see six franchises taking part in what Badminton England claim is a "game-changing" competition.
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