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Swimmers, athlete and table tennis player among inaugural INAS Awards nominees

By Nick Butler

London 2012 Paralympic gold medallist Bethany Firth has been nominated for one of the inaugural INAS awards ©Getty ImagesFinal nominations have been revealed today for winners of the inaugural International Federation for sport for athletes with an intellectual disability (INAS) Awards ahead of a ceremony in April.

Serbian National Paralympic Committee set-up new swimming organisation with help of Agitos Foundation

By Michael Pavitt

The Serbian National Paralympic Committee set up the national organisation after holding training ©Serbian National Paralympic CommitteeSerbia have set up a new Para-Swimming Association as a consequence of training and support by from the Agitos Foundation.

Mexico Guerreros end British Lionhearts' unbeaten home record in World Series of Boxing

By Michael Pavitt

Despite Antony Fowler maintaining his unbeaten record this season the British Lionhearts fell to defeat at home ©WSBMexico Guerreros ended the British Lionhearts' unbeaten home record in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Season V after a narrow 3-2 victory at London's York Hall in their Group A fixture.

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.
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