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Azerbaijan shock Japan on opening day of Women's World Volleyball Championships

By Duncan Mackay 

Azerbaijan celebrate their victory over Japan at the FIVB Women's World Championships in Bari ©Getty ImagesAzerbaijan puled off a shock victory on the opening day of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championships when they beat Japan in the opening round of matches at the PalaFlorio in Bari.

Boat Club treading new water in bid to widen rowing participation in Britain

By Paul Osborne at the Fulham Reach Boat Club in London

The Fulham Reach Boat Club hopes to dispell the myth that rowing is for the elite ©Iain WeirA new boat club has been established in London in an effort to dispel the myth that rowing is just for the elite and give local state schools and the community the opportunity to enjoy one of Great Britain's most successful Olympic sports.

Pentathlon GB appoint former British Skeleton performance director as chief executive

By Daniel Etchells

Nigel Laughton has been appointed as Pentathlon GB's new chief executive ©Getty ImagesPentathlon GB, Great Britain's national governing body for modern pentathlon, has announced the appointment of Nigel Laughton as its new chief executive.

Qatar Olympic Academy to be training hub for Asian officials

By Duncan Mackay at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

A deal to train Asian officials in Doha has been signed between the QOC and OCA ©Qatar Olympic AcademyA deal has been signed here for coaches, referees and officials from across Asia to be trained at the Qatar Olympic Academy (QOA) in Doha, it has been announced.

Ottobock Healthcare holds successful running clinic in China

By Paul Osborne

Ottobock Ambassador Paralympic and world Champion Heinrich Popow leads the first Ottobock Running Clinic in China ©Ottobock Healthcare Ottobock Healthcare, which claims to be the world's leading supplier of innovative solutions for people with limited mobility, has successfully concluded the first of its running clinics to take place in China.

Five days left to nominate standout athletes for 2014 World Rowing Awards

By Zjan Shirinian

There are five categories in which nominations can be submitted for the 2014 World Rowing Awards ©Getty ImagesThere are five days left to vote for the outstanding rowers of 2014 ahead of an annual awards night in November.

Budapest to host Europe's best goalball nations for IBSA Championships

By Zjan Shirinian

Sweden has its hopes pinned on the top spot and a place at Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesHungarian capital Budapest will be the setting for top class goalball action from tomorrow as 16 of the best men's and women's teams come together for five days of competition.

United States Olympic Committee reveals recipients of annual sports awards

By Paul Osborne

Willie Banks is set to be named the Olympic Torch Award honouree at the US Olympic and Paralympic Assembly at the Hilton Chicago ©Getty ImagesWillie Banks, Lucas Euser, Kristi Yamaguchi and the University of Central Oklahoma's Endeavor Games are the recipients of four of the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) annual sports awards, it has been announced. 

Defending champion Kudryavtseva gets title defence off to perfect start at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships

By Zjan Shirinian

Yana Kudryavtseva's elegant ball routine has seen her take the lead in the standings ©AFP/Getty ImagesReigning world champion Yana Kudryavtseva has got her multiple title defence off to a fine start by topping the early qualification standings after a magical ball routine on the opening day of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Izmir. 
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