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"Pompous" IOC demands "led to withdrawal of Oslo 2022 Olympic bid"

By Zjan Shirinian

A list of so-called demands by the IOC, including a special lane to transport chiefs, has caused much fury in Norway ©AFP/Getty Images"Pompous" demands by International Olympic Committee (IOC) bosses - including providing "fruit and cakes of the season" in members' hotel rooms - forced politicians to abandon a bid for the Oslo 2022 Games, it is being claimed.

Chinese hammer throw champion stripped of Asian Games gold after failing doping test

By Paul Osborne at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

Zhang Wenxiu has been stripped of her hammer throw gold medal after failingna doping test ©Getty ImagesChina's women's hammer throw champion Zhang Wenxiu has become the second athlete to be stripped of their gold medal at the Asian Games after failing a drugs test, it was announced here today.

OCA considering common policy on headgear after Qatar hijab ban

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

Qatar's female baskeball team withdrew from Incheon 2014 after being banned from wearing headgear, despite most other sports adopting a different approach ©AFP/Getty ImagesA common policy on head coverings is being pursued by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in order to avoid a repeat of problems seen here at the Asian Games, where Qatar's female basketball team withdrew from the tournament after being banned from wearing hijabs.

Baku 2015 appoint renowned artist to direct Opening Ceremony

By Daniel Etchells

Dimitris Papaioannou was the brains behind the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Ceremonies ©Baku 2015The artist behind the spectacular Athens 2004 Olympic Games Ceremonies, Dimitris Papaioannou, has been appointed by Baku 2015 to direct the Opening of the inaugural European Games while United States company, FiveCurrents, has been contracted to produce the Opening and Closing.

BOA posts operating loss in first year after Olympics

By David Owen

The British Olympic Association has had to readjust to life post-London 2012 ©Twitter/@TeamGBThe British Olympic Association (BOA) suffered an operating loss in 2013, as it readjusted to life after London 2012.

Drugs cheat Gatlin a controversial inclusion in IAAF World Athlete of the Year nominations

By Mike Rowbottom

Justin Gatlin, pictured after winning in Beijing in May, is one of 10 nominations for this year's IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award ©Getty ImagesHigh jump rivals Mutaz Essa Barshim and Bohdan Bondarenko are among the 10 men nominated by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for this year's World Athlete of the Year Award - and so, controversially, is Justin Gatlin.

Indian boxer apologises for "emotional outburst" at medal ceremony

By Paul Osborne at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

Indian boxer Sarita Devi has apologised for her behaviour during Wednesday's medal ceremony ©AFP/Getty ImagesIndia's Sarita Devi has apologised to the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for refusing to accept her bronze medal during a medal ceremony here at the Asian Games.

Defeat in basketball followed by triumph in volleyball for Iran at Incheon 2014

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

Iran proved too much for Japan as they won the men's volleyball title, to make up for their basketball defeat ©AFP/Getty ImagesThere was agony and ecstasy in equal measure for Iran on a final absorbing evening of sporting action here at the Asian Games, with a heartbreaking basketball defeat to South Korea followed by a clinical victory over Japan in volleyball.

"National sports sector" required to boost development of sport in Uganda, claims official

By Nick Butler 

A sports sector would boost the development of sport in Uganda, it has been claimed ©AFP/Getty ImagesA national sports sector, consisting of Governmental and sporting bodies, athletes and representatives from civil society and the private sector, is required in order to enhance sports development in Uganda, it has been claimed.
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