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Eclectic group of sports set to make up programme for inaugural World Beach Games

By Duncan Mackay

At least 23 sports will be included in the first World Beach Games, a joint venture between SportAccord and the Association of National Olympic Committees, when it is launched next year ©SportAccordApril 3 - American football, cheerleading, dragon boat racing, flying disc, minigolf and sport fishing are among the sports set to be included in the inaugural World Beach Games, which is expected to make its debut on the international calendar next year.

Turkish Twitter ban lifted ahead of SportAccord International Convention

By Nick Butler

The controversial ban on Twitter has been lifted ahead of the SportAccord Convention today ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 3 - Turkish authorities have lifted a ban on Twitter in a welcome boost ahead of delegates arriving for the SportAccord Convention in the southern resort of Belek/Antalya this weekend.

Ostapchuk handed four-year rather than life ban despite testing positive twice

By Nick Butler 

Nadzeya Ostapchuk celebrating after winning the shot put gold medal at London 2012 ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 3 - Belarussian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk has been handed a four-year ban by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) rather than a life ban because she was notified of her two failed drugs tests at the same time. 

3x3 basketball gives great opportunity for small cities to host exciting sports event, claims FIBA chief

By Paul Osborne

Kosta lliev, sports director of FIBA 3x3, has said the sport allows smaller cities to host exciting sports events ©Getty ImagesApril 3 - The increasingly popular 3x3 basketball give smaller cities a great opportunity to host exciting sports events, according to Kosta lliev, sports director for the discipline at basketball's world governing body.

Ugandan athletes' Glasgow 2014 preparations hit as sex abuse scandal deepens

By Nick Butler

Ugandan athletes parade at the Opening Ceremony of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 3 - Several Ugandan national team runners have deserted an athletics camp in Kapchorwa as a sexual harassment scandal involving female members of the team deepens.

Exclusive: UK Sport say no to Rio 2016 rugby sevens funding

By David Owen

A British rugby sevens squad could be made up of players from England, Wales and Scotland, but their Rio 2016 mission will not be supported by UK Sport ©Getty ImagesApril 3 - UK Sport turned down a request for funding for British women's rugby sevens teams, it has emerged, indicating that the sport was capable of self-funding its preparation for Rio 2016, when rugby will be returning to the Olympics for the first time in 92 years.

First Australian Para-athletes qualify for Glasgow 2014

By Nick Butler

Paul Raison has qualified to compete in the discus at Glasgow 2014 ©Getty ImagesApril 3 - Long jumper Jodi Elkington and discus thrower Paul Raison have become the first Australian athletes to qualify for the Paralympic events at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

Cayman Islands releases additional Sochi 2014 pins

By Paul Osborne

An extra batch of Sochi 2014 pins for the Cayman Islands Team has been made available for purchase ©CIOCApril 3 - A new batch of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games pins for the Cayman Islands team has been made available for purchase by the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee (CIOC).

CIBC hold Welcome Home events for Canada's Sochi Paralympians

By Paul Osborne

CIBC are holding Welcome Home events for Canada's Paralympic heroes following Sochi 2014 ©The Canadian Press Images/Larry MacDougalApril 3 - Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) branches across Canada have been holding Welcome Home events for all of the nation's Paralympic heroes from Sochi 2014 in partnership with the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
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