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Seven countries submit bid for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

By Zjan Shirinian

Seven countries are bidding to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ©AFP/Getty ImagesSeven countries have submitted a bid to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, it has been announced.

Italian football chief handed six-month ban by UEFA over racist remarks

By Gary Anderson

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio has been banned from football for six months by UEFA ©Getty ImagesItalian Football Federation (FIGC) President Carlo Tavecchio has been banned from football for six months by UEFA following comments he made earlier this year when he referred to African players as "banana eaters".

Women's rugby sevens confirmed for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

By Paul Osborne at the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

Women's rugby sevens will be included for the first time at Gold Coast 2018 ©Getty ImagesGold Coast 2018 will give women the opportunity to compete in rugby sevens for the first time in Commonwealth Games history, it was confirmed here today. 

Dawn Fraser returns to Tokyo to celebrate 50th anniversary of 1964 Olympics

By Mike Rowbottom in Tokyo

Dawn Fraser is back in Tokyo to mark the 50th anniversary of the Olympics where she won a third 100m swimming gold ©Getty ImagesAustralia's swimming legend Dawn Fraser is returning to Japan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics where she made history by winning a third consecutive gold in the women's 100 metres freestyle - and also received a disciplinary ban putting a premature end to her career.

Mongolia vow to "escalate" complaint into judging of Asian Games boxing

By Nick Butler

Mongolia are vowing to continue their protest following the contraversial defeat suffered by Tugstsogt Nyambayar ©FacebookMongolia are "escalating" their complaint into the officiating of the Asian Games boxing competition, Chef de Mission Badmaanyambuu Bat-Erdene has revealed, because "something is wrong with the rules".

Rio 2016 language training company appoints marketing firm

By Zjan Shirinian

Havas Sports  Entertainment has been appointed by Education First to handle ithe marketing and communications around its involvement with Rio 2016 ©Havas Sports & Entertainment An international education company which will help teach more than one million Brazilians a second language ahead of Rio 2016 has named the organisation that will handle the marketing and communications around its Olympic work.

Last three events for triathlon's Paralympics debut at Rio 2016 confirmed

By Zjan Shirinian

There will be an even split of men's and women's events when triathlon makes its Paralympics debut at Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesThe final three of six medal events in triathlon when the sport makes its debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games has been announced.

Basketball stars urge fans to get behind EuroBasket Women 2015

By Gary Anderson

FIBA Europe secretary general Kamil Novak joins EuroBasket Women 2015 ambassadors Ilona Korstin, Amaya Valdemoro and Edwige Lawson-Wade in Istanbul ©FIBA EuropeThree legends of international women's basketball have called on fans to get out and support their teams as the countdown to EuroBasket Women 2015 gets underway.

Former FIFA watchdog member calls for Blatter to resign to restore "credibility"

By Daniel Etchells at Lancaster House in London

Michael Hershman believes FIFA President Sepp Blatter ought to resign ©Getty ImagesMichael Hershman, founder of Transparency International and former FIFA Independent Governance Committee (IGC) member, has urged the President of world football's governing body, Sepp Blatter, to resign. 

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