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Rio 2016 must emulate elements of Sochi 2014, claims head of IOC Coordination Commission

By Nick Butler at the Rio 2016 Headquarters in Rio de Janeiro

Rio 2016 HeadquartersMarch 19 - Although every Olympics should be unique Rio 2016 must learn from the successful elements of Sochi 2014, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission head Nawal El Moutawakel claimed here this morning.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp in hip before head, murder trial hears

By Emily Goddard

Oscar Pistorius hit Reeva Steenkamp in the hip with the first of four bullets that he fired ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 19 - Reeva Steenkamp, the South African model shot dead by boyfriend and Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, was hit first in the hip before receiving a fatal shot to the head, a Pretoria court heard today.

Ghana appoints new Chef de Mission for Glasgow 2014

By Duncan Mackay

Chris Essilfie has been appointed as the new Chef de Mission of Ghana's team for Glasgow 2014 ©Ghana Olympic CommitteeMarch 19 - Ghana has appointed Chris Essilfie as its new Chef de Mission for this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow following the shock resignation earlier this month of Ben Nunoo-Mensah. 

Paralympics are "diamond in the rough" claims NBC chief after Sochi 2014 success

By Gary Anderson

March 19 - Record audience numbers in the United States tuned in for NBC's coverage of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games ©Getty Images Gary Zenkel, head of NBC Olympics, has hailed the success of the broadcaster's coverage of the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics and claimed it plans to build on the success by increasing coverage for Rio 2016. 

Sochi 2014 speed skating venue to host Fed Cup tennis

By Duncan Mackay

The Adler Arena Skating Centre will stage Russia's Fed Cup match against Argentina next month ©Getty ImagesMarch 19 - Tennis will be staged next month at the Adler Arena Skating Centre, which was used for speed skating during last month's Winter Olympics, it has been announced.

JTA to sponsor business lounge at SportAccord International Convention

By Duncan Mackay

JTA have joined the SportAccord International Convention as a silver partner ©SportAccordMarch 19 - International relations and communications specialists JTA will be a Silver Partner at this year's SportAccord International Convention in Belek/Antalya, Turkey, it was announced today.

Olympic bronze medal winner Winckless appointed Team GB Chef de Mission for Nanjing 2014

By Gary Anderson

March 19 - Sarah Winckless has been announced as the Team GB Chef de Mission for Nanjing 2014 ©BOAFormer top rower Sarah Winckless has been appointed Chef de Mission for Team GB at the 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympic Games,

Team Sky withdraw cyclist over doping test results "questions"

By Zjan Shirinian at Tackling Doping in Sport Conference at Wembley Stadium in London

The investigation into Sergio Henao's test results will take at least eight weeks ©teamsky.com via Getty ImagesMarch 19 - A Team Sky cyclist has been taken off its race schedule for at least eight weeks as it investigates the results of out-of-competition doping tests.

Rugby league clash switched from Ukraine to Russia

By David Owen

Pro-Russian supporters carry a huge Russian flag during a rally in Kharkiv earlier this week ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 19 - A rugby league match between Ukraine and Russia on May 24 has been moved out of Ukraine, as the ongoing political crisis impacts further on international sports events.
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