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Top official involved in Rio 2016 preparations quits as IOC fears grow

By Nick Butler

Maria Silvia Bastos Marques pictured earlier this year has become the latest senior official connected to Rio 2016 to stand down ©Getty ImagesApril 1 - Rio 2016 have been dealt a further blow in their Olympic and Paralympic preparations following the resignation of Municipal Olympic Company (EOM) President Maria Silvia Bastos Marquez today.

Hambantota set to be stripped of 2017 Asian Youth Games

By Nick Butler at the Olympic Council of Asia Headquarters in Kuwait City

Hambantota is set to be stripped of the 2017 Asian Youth Games ©Hambantota 2017April 1 - Sri Lankan city Hambantota is facing the prospect of being stripped of the 2017 Asian Youth Games after being unable to achieve the organisational progress demanded by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

South Korea launches investigation into seven winter sports federations

By Paul Osborne

The South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has launched an investigation into seven of its winter sports federations ©Getty ImagesApril 1 - South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has launched an investigation into seven of its winter sports federations in an effort to uncover any illegal wrongdoings and rebuild the public's trust before Pyeongchang 2018. 

Coordination Commission in Azerbaijan to review Baku 2015 progress

By Zjan Shirinian

The third Coordination Commission visit to Baku will see venues inspected and progress updates given during a series of meeting ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 1 - The European Olympic Committees (EOC) Coordination Commission has arrived in Azerbaijan as it prepares to review progress for the inaugural European Games in Baku next year.

Canada and United States go head-to-head for World Equestrian Games 2018

By Zjan Shirinian

Lexington, one of two bidders for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, hosted the event in 2010 ©MCT via Getty ImagesApril 1 - Canada and the United States will go head-to-head for the right to stage the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Equestrian Games 2018, after both bids signed host agreements.

ISAF delighted with quality of bids for 2018 Sailing World Championships

By Gary Anderson

April 1 - Bids for the 2018 Sailing World Championships are now being assessed by the ISAF ©Getty Images The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has expressed its delight at the quality and depth of the bids presented by the four candidates vying to host the 2018 Sailing World Championships.

Glasgow 2014 opens first official store in Central Station

By Gary Anderson

April 1 - Glasgow 2014 has opened the first of more than 40 official merchandise stores today ©Glasgow 2014The first of more than 40 Glasgow 2014 official merchandise stores opened today as weightlifter Peter Kirkbride joined Games mascot Clyde at the city's Central Station.

Woods pulls out of US Masters due to back injury

By Gary Anderson

April 1 - Tiger Woods will miss the US Masters for the first time in his career following back surgery this week ©Getty Images World number one Tiger Woods will miss the first golf major of the year after announcing that he has pulled out of the US Masters in Augusta next week due to a back injury.

British water polo's funding axe set to have knock-on effect at planned new Manchester base

By David Owen

Water Polo has lost its UK Sport funding, but a pool earmaked as a base for Britain's teams is still set to open ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 1 - A pool earmarked to serve as a high performance base for British water polo is expected to open later this year - a few months after the team was stripped of its funding by UK Sport.
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