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Dominican Republic standards improving thanks to Olympic Solidarity, claims secretary general

By Duncan Mackay

Félix Sánchez won the Dominican Republic's first-ever Olympic gold medal, at Athens 2004 ©Getty ImagesThe Dominican Olympic Committee (DOC) has spent $440,666 (£271,959/€349,867) of Olympic Solidarity funding in the past nine months on developing sport in the country, it has been revealed.

IOC reveals members of 2022 Winter Olympic Evaluation Commission

By Emily Goddard

Alexander Zhukov will lead the 2022 Winter Olympic Evaluation Commission named today ©Getty ImagesThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revealed the names of the officials that make up the Evaluation Commission that will analyse the bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Rio 2016 to come under scrutiny as IOC makes seventh visit

By Emily Goddard

A bulldozer starts work after the ceremony marking the opening of construction at the Deodoro Sports Complex, which in likely to come under particular scrutiny at this week's IOC Coordination Commission visit, in July ©Getty ImagesRio 2016 is expected to come under close scrutiny as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Games makes its seventh visit to the Brazilian city this week.

OCA honorary life vice-president warns of dangers of nations "buying" athletes

By Paul Osborne at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

Femi Ogunode is one of many African-born athletes to win gold for their adopted nations here at the Asian Games ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) needs to do more work in order for countries and regions to stop "buying" athletes, claims the organisation's honorary life vice-president Wei Jizhong.

Lucerne pin hopes on financial support from Swiss Government for 2021 Winter Universiade bid

By Zjan Shirinian

Financial backing from the Siwss Government is needed for a Lucerne bid for the 2021 Winter Universiade to happen ©Getty ImagesPolitical chiefs in Lucerne are pinning their hopes on the financial backing of the Swiss Government to set the wheels in motion for a bid to stage the 2021 Winter Universiade.

"Turning point" for Gwangju 2015 as they use Asian Games to get first-hand experience

By Zjan Shirinian

Gwangju Universiade Organising Committee members have been dispatched as "supporting agents" to the Incheon Asian Games ©Gwangju 2015Organisers of next year's Summer Universiade in Gwangju have described the hands-on experience they have gained at the ongoing Asian Games as a "turning point".

Former Russian Minister of Sport praises preparations for Baku 2015 Games

By Daniel Etchells

Simon Clegg, chief operating officer of Baku 2015, welcomes two-time Olympic champion, Viacheslav Fetisov, to the Baku 2015 headquarters ©Baku 2015Viacheslav Fetisov, Russia's Minister of Sport between 2002 and 2008, who played a prominent role in Sochi's successful bid for the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, has praised the preparations for the Baku 2015 European Games after a visit to the headquarters.

Kazakhstan lead medal charge at Incheon 2014 as biggest names in Asian sport excel

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Incheon

Mutaz Aissa Barsham celebrates high jump gold for Qatar ©Getty ImagesTwo of the continent's biggest sporting names, high jumper Mutaz Aissa Barsham and badminton superstar Lin Dan, each won gold today at the Asian Games, but it was Kazakhstan who had most to smile about after dominating a packed day of canoe sprint finals.

FIFA player insurance scheme renewed until 2018

By David Owen

The Club Protection Programme has bene renewed for four years by FIFA's ruling Executive Committee ©Getty ImagesFIFA's ruling Executive Committee has approved the renewal of the Club Protection Programme (CPP) - the scheme designed to remove a longstanding bone of contention by compensating clubs when players they employ are injured on international duty - for a further four years.
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