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Gambia facing suspension from International Olympic Committee

By Duncan Mackay

Gambia is facing suspension from the International Olympic Committee after the Government missed a deadline to stop interfering ©GNOCGambia face being suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following the Government's failure to heed a warning last month to stop interfering in the running of the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC).

Baku 2015 European Games - 14 sports had to be "turned away" it is claimed

By Mike Rowbottom at the Mountain Bike Velopark in Baku

Baku 2014 chief operating officer Simon Clegg claims 14 sports who wanted to be involved in the European Games had to be turned away ©Baku 2015Next year's inaugural European Games, originally scheduled to host 12 sports, has now closed its programme with 20 sports involved - and Simon Clegg, chief operating officer of the evented, claimed here today that 14 other sports had failed to gain entry.

PGA of America creates task force to stop Ryder Cup rot

By Daniel Etchells

Tom Watson, United States' captain at the 2014 Ryder Cup, was unable to guide his team to victory ©Getty ImagesThe Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) of America has responded to the United States' defeat to Europe in last month's Ryder Cup by creating an 11-member task force aimed at returning the team to former glories.

Pan Arab Games 2015 in doubt after Morocco pull out over financial fears

By Duncan Mackay

The future of the 2015 Pan Arab Games is in doubt after Morocco became the second country to withdraw from hosting the event ©Getty ImagesMorocco has withdrawn from hosting next year's Pan Arab Games, claiming that they could not afford to stage the event, which was due to take place in Rabat.

Construction work on Rio 2016 Olympic Park progressing well, officials claim

By Daniel Etchells

The structures of Carioca Arenas one, two and three are now visible ©EOM/Renato Sette CamaraConstruction work on the Barra Olympic Park, the heart of Rio 2016, is continuing to progress with the three Carioca Arenas showing the most development.

Serial drugs cheat Gatlin fails to make final three for IAAF World Athlete of the Year award

By Mike Rowbottom

America's serial drugs cheat Justin Gatlin has failed to make the shortlist for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award ©Getty ImagesJustin Gatlin, whose nomination as one of the 10 male contenders for this year's World Athlete of the Year award has aroused strong criticism given his doping record, has not made it through to the final shortlist.

Pistorius to learn fate next week after court hears final arguments

By Daniel Etchells

Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court today ©Getty ImagesOscar Pistorius is due to learn the outcome of his sentencing hearing in Pretoria on Tuesday (October 21) after Judge Thokozile Masipa heard the final arguments from both the defence and prosecution lawyers.

Azerbaijan President and First Lady review progress of main stadium for Baku 2015

By Mike Rowbottom in Baku

 Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has visited the National Stadium in Baku ©President of Azerbaijan The committment of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev and the First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva to next year's inaugural European Games here has been underlined by their visit to the Olympic Stadium, which is under construction as the impending event's centrepiece.

Tensions high as North Korea arrive at Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games

By Daniel Etchells

Pyongyang are believed to have attempted to shoot down balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets floated by civic activists ©Getty Images  North Korea's contingent has arrived at the Guwol Asiad Athletes' Village ahead of the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, at a time when inter-Korean relations stand at a crossroads.
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