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Tokyo 2020 will show how "resilient" Japan is claims Coates as IOC Coordination Commission begins

By Duncan Mackay at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

IOC vice-president John Coates has praised Tokyo's early preparations for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics ©ShugoTakemi/Tokyo 2020Tokyo 2020 is an opportunity for Japan to show how "resilient" it is following the earthquake and tsunami which devastated the country three years ago, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates claimed here today as preparations for the Games really started.

New Zealand withdraw bid to host 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

By Duncan Mackay

New Zealand has withdrawn its bid to host the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup ©Getty ImagesNew Zealand today joined England and withdrew its bid to host the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and 2018 Under-20 Women's World Cup. 

Sir Chris Hoy leads stars taking part in fundraising event during Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony

By Gary Anderson

Sir Chris Hoy is among a number of stars from the sporting and entertainment world to feature in special UNICEF films during the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony ©Glasgow 2014Multi-Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy is set to join the likes of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulker, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and popstar Nicole Scherzinger in a unique UNICEF fundraising initiative as part of the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony.

New Podium Programme launched by Spanish Olympic Committee

By Gary Anderson

The Spanish Olympic Committee held its Annual General Meeting in Madrid at which new members were elected ©COEA new Podium Programme for young athletes was launched by the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) at its Annual Meeting in Madrid today. 

Defending champion Murray seals place in Wimbledon third round

By Emily Goddard

Andy Murray has secured his place in the third round of this year's Wimbledon ©AFP/Getty ImagesBritain's defending Wimbledon men's singles champion Andy Murray has defeated Slovenian Blaž Rola to secure his place in the third round of this year's tournament at the All England Club.

UEFA executive director dies suddenly at age of 60

By Duncan Mackay 

UEFA executive director David Taylor has died unexpectedly at the age of 60 ©Getty ImagesUEFA's executive director David Taylor has died suddenly at the age of 60, it has been announced.

Li-Ning to sponsor Badminton World Championships in Copenhagen

By Duncan Mackay

Chinese sportswear company Li-Ning have extended their relationship with the Badminton World Federation by sponsoring this year's World Championships ©Li-Ning Chinese sports company Li-Ning are to sponsor this year's Badminton World Championships in Copenhagen, it was announced today.

Boost for visually impaired judo after new deal signed with IJF

By Duncan Mackay

Visually impaired judo is set for a major boost after the new deal between the IJF and IBSA ©Getty ImagesA new plan to integrate fully sighted and visually impaired judo has been launched by Marius Vizer, President of the International Judo Federation (IJF).

Trade show opens at International Bowl Expo in Orlando

By Zjan Shirinian at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando

United States bowler Chris Barnes was signing plenty of autographs at the trade show ©ITGThe trade show of the International Bowl Expo 2014 opened here today, after former United States President George W. Bush spoke at the annual event's General Session.
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