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Rugby sevens purpose at Rio 2016 is the same for IRB and IOC, insists top official

By Daniel Etchells at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel

Octavian Morariu, President of Rugby Europe, was speaking at the IRB World Rugby ConfEx ©Getty ImagesRugby Europe President Octavian Morariu has dismissed the notion the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have alternative interests in including rugby sevens in the Rio 2016 programme.

Sochi 2014 champions head entries for Para-snowboard season opener

By Nick Butler

Evan Strong will be among those looking to take their Sochi 2014 form into the World Cup season ©Getty ImagesReigning Paralympic and world champion Evan Strong of the United States will be among 40 snowboarders competing in the World and Europa Cup debut of banked slalom races starting tomorrow in Landgraaf, The Netherlands.

Hogg and Steadman win British Triathlon Para-Triathlete of the Year awards

By Paul Osborne

Phill Hogg picked up the British Male  Para-triathlete of the Year award ©British TriathlonPhil Hogg and Lauren Steadman have been named British Male and Female Para-triathletes of the Year at the 2014 British Triathlon Awards in Loughborough.

United States Olympic Committee applauds new graduates from DeVry University

By Paul Osborne 

The United States Olympic Committee celebrates the graduation of a number of Team USA athletes from DeVry University ©Getty ImagesThe United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is celebrating a new wave of graduates from its official education provider, DeVry University.

Exclusive: WADA chief voices reservations about proposed new German law

By David Owen

WADA President Sir Craig Reedie has expressed strong doubts about the German plans ©Getty ImagesWorld Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Sir Craig Reedie has expressed strong reservations about Germany's proposed new anti-doping law, saying WADA is "completely opposed to the criminalisation of athletes".

"No boycott risk" if Doha secures 2019 IAAF World Championships, says bid leader

By Mike Rowbottom

The Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, which would host the 2019 IAAF World Championships if they are awarded to Qatar tomorrow ©Getty ImagesOn the eve of the decision as to who will host the 2019 World Athletics Championships, Doha bid leader Dahlan Al-Hamad has dismissed fears other Gulf states would boycott a staging in Qatar as a result of tensions in the area.

Exclusive: Weightlifting to introduce video technology after Glasgow 2014 controversy

By Brian Oliver at Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty

A controversial decision at Glasgow 2014 involving Steven Kari has led to the introduction of video technology ©Getty ImagesWeightlifting is to introduce video technology after a series of controversial results in recent international competitions.

Thailand eyes bid to host inaugural World Beach Games

By Nick Butler at the Dusit D2 Resort Hotel in Phuket

Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul has spoken positively about a Thai bid to host the inaugrual World Beach Games ©Phuket 2014Thai Minister for Sport and Tourism Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul believes hosting the first World Beach Games would allow the country to show its "full potential to the world".

Russian Olympic Committee impressed by Pyeongchang 2018 preparations

Emily Goddard

The Russian Olympic Committee left Pyeongchang impresssed after visits to the venue construction sites ©Pyeongchang 2018The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has said it is impressed with the progress being made by Pyeongchang 2018 following a visit to the South Korean city that will host the Winter Games in less than three-and-a-half years' time.
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