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Jamaican doping whistleblower claims cheating in elite sport "rampant"

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

Jamaica's anti-doping programme had its failings exposed by Renee Anne Shirley ©YouTubeMarch 19 - A whistleblower who exposed failings at the heart of the Jamaican drug testing programme has claimed cheating is "rampant" in elite sport around the world.

Exclusive: Fiji rugby sevens and netball teams appeal for Glasgow 2014 lifeline

By Gary Anderson

March 19 - FASANOC President Reg Sanday has called for Fiji's rugby sevens to be allowed to take part at Glasgow 2014 ©Getty Images Fiji's participation in team events at Glasgow 2014 is "under consideration" following their reinstatement into the Commonwealth, insidethegames can reveal.

Exclusive: Rio anti-doping lab must "act quickly" to be ready for 2016 Olympics, says WADA's Howman

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

World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman has issued a rallying call to authorities in Brazil to speed up work at their laboratory ©Getty ImagesMarch 19 - Brazilian authorities need to "act quickly" and "take the opportunity" to get their doping control laboratory accredited in time for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

Media accommodation set to be relocated by Rio 2016 from upmarket area in bid to save money

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

Rio mayor Eduardo Paes has proposed changes to plans for the media village to be in the port region of the city ©Getty Images March 19 - Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes plans to move the Main Media Village during the 2016 Olympics from the upmarket Porto region to the Curicica neighbourhood close to the main Olympic Park in Barra, a move interpreted as a cost cutting measure.

Ukraine crisis forces them to pull out of hosting EuroBasket 2015

By Gary Anderson

March 19 - EuroBasket 2015 will not be staged in the Ukraine due to the ongoing political crisis ©AFP/Getty ImagesDue to the ongoing political and military crisis in Ukraine the country has been forced to pull out of hosting EuroBasket 2015, the tournament's director Markiyan Lubkivsky has announced.

WADA could ban performing enhancing gas after claims Russians used it at Sochi 2014

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

Russian athletes enjoyed enormous success at their home Olympic Games last month ©Getty ImagesMarch 19 - The use of xenon gas could be banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), after claims Russian athletes used it during the Sochi 2014 Olympics to increase the levels of erythropoietin (EPO) in the body.

Russian and Ukrainian boxers to meet each other in own countries despite Crimea crisis

By Emily Goddard

Russian and Ukrainian WSB athletes will compete on their respective home turfs for their quarterfinal matches despite the ongoing Crimea crisis ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 19 - Russian and Ukrainian World Series of Boxing (WSB) athletes will compete on their respective home turfs for their quarter-final matches despite the ongoing Crimea crisis, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) revealed today.

Bach to hold talks with new Indian Olympic Association President

By Duncan Mackay

New Indian Olympic Association President N Ramachandran is greeted by Association of National Olympic Committees vice-president Patrick Hickey during a welcome ceremony for the country's athletes during Sochi 2014 ©ANOCMarch 19 - Newly elected Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N Ramachandran is set to travel to Lausanne next week to hold discussions with International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach.

British Basketball funding appeal for Rio 2016 snubbed by UK Sport

By David Owen

An appeal by British Basketball to have its funding restored for Rio 2016 has been thrown out by UK Sport ©Getty ImagesMarch 19 - UK Sport today confirmed the withdrawal of funding from six Olympic and Paralympic sports, shattering the dreams of scores of elite athletes in activities from basketball to visually impaired football.
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