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IOC cancel plans to hold Executive Board meeting during SportAccord Convention in Sochi

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

The IOC Executive Board has decided that it will not hold a meeting in Sochi during the SportAccord Convention ©IOCThe International Olympic Committee's (IOC) ruling Executive Board will not meet at this year's SportAccord Convention in Sochi for the first time since the event was launched in 2003.

Victory for American athletes as IOC agree to relax Rule 40 for Rio 2016

 By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Rule 40, which caused so much controversy at London 2012, is set to be relaxed for Rio 2016 ©IOCA change to the controversial Rule 40, which prevents athletes from promoting non-Olympic sponsors during the period of the Games, is set to be relaxed, it was revealed here today.

Exclusive: Nine of top 15 brands associated with Rio 2016 not Olympic sponsors, says report

By Emily Goddard

Coca-Cola tops the brands associated with Rio 2016, according to Global Language Monitor ©Getty ImagesNine of the top 15 brands associated with Rio 2016 are non-Olympic partners, according to the new findings of an on-going study that examines marketing around the Games.

Sheikh Ahmad confirmed as FIFA Executive Committee candidate

By Nick Butler

Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah will stand as a FIFA Executive Committee contender, it has now been confirmed ©AFP/Getty ImagesSheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah will be put forward by the Kuwait Football Association (KFA) as a candidate for a two-year term as an Asian representatives on the FIFA Executive Committee, it has been confirmed following insidethegames' exclusive report yesterday he would be recommended. 

New coalition wants human rights and free speech promises from IOC

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Protests about gay rights in Russia overshadowed preparations for Sochi 2014 ©AFP/Getty ImagesA new coalition of human rights and sports groups, as well as trade unions, have written to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach urging them to ensure they make sure host cities have it enshrined in their contracts that they protect labour rights and free speech. 

Beijing now locked at 50-50 with Almaty in 2022 Winter Olympic race, claims top Chinese official

By Nick Butler

Wei Jizhong has insisted competition between Beijing and Almaty remains fierce ©Getty ImagesWei Jizhong, one of China's top sports officials and a key advisor for the Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, has claimed the Chinese capital is now "50-50" with rival bidder Almaty to be awarded the Games.

Sports Forum held in Romania to help raise standards

By Duncan Mackay

The Romanian Sports Forum, held by the COSR, is aimed at improving standards in the country ©COSRA special forum has been held by the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (COSR) in ski resort Cheile Gradistei to try to increase standards in the country.

South Korean President urges companies to back Pyeongchang 2018 as fears grow over preparations

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro 

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, meeting IOC head Thomas Bach, has urged major companies to back Pyeongchang 2018 ©IOCSouth Korean President Park Geun-hye has brought together some of her country's biggest companies and urged them to support the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang amid growing unease about the slow pace of preparations for the Games.

WADA hopes revised Code will contribute to "more accurate" reflection of prevalence of doping in sport

By David Owen

WADA director general David Howman has called for more anti doping testing following the survey results ©WADAThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has reacted to this week's claims that the prevalence of doping is far higher than the level of adverse analytical findings, saying the emphasis is on anti-doping organisations to perform effectively so that a "clearer picture" of the level of doping in sport emerges.
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