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Returning champions prevail at Lignano Masters Para Open

By Gary Anderson

March 20 - Paralympic champion Tommy Urhaug of Norway retained his title at this week's Lignano Masters Para Open ©Getty Images The end of singles competition at this year's Lignano Masters Para Open saw eight of the reigning champions return to Italy and successfully defend their titles, including Paralympic gold medallists Tommy Urhaug, Anna Carin Ahlquist and Kelly Van Zon.

Hockey moves from halves to quarters for Rio 2016 as sport bids to make itself more attractive

By Gary Anderson

March 20 - New rules have been introduced into hockey to make the game more spectator-friendly ©Getty Images A radical overhaul of the structure of matches for Rio 2016 has been announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). 

Ukraine still hosting EuroBasket 2015 despite claim pulled out, say FIBA

By Gary Anderson

March 20 - Ukraine has denied that it has pulled out of hosting Eurobasket 2015 ©AFP/Getty ImagesUkraine has not pulled out of hosting EuroBasket 2015 despite the tournament's director Markiyan Lubkivsky announcing yesterday they had given up hosting rights due to the political crisis in the country, the European Basketball Federation (FIBA Europe) has claimed.

Blatter quizzed in World Cup corruption probe

By Duncan Mackay

Sepp Blatter, seen here announcing that Russia had been chosen to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, is among leading officials to have been quizzed over allegations of corruption ©Getty ImagesMarch 20 - Members of FIFA's ruling Executive Committee, including President Sepp Blatter, have been interviewed about the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar. 

Exclusive: Anti-doping lab will be "ready before end of next year", claim Rio 2016

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

Rio 2016 have insisted that their anti doping laboratory will be open by the end of 2016 ©Getty ImagesMarch 20 - Rio 2016 have claimed the anti-doping laboratory at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro will be fully operational by the end of next year, following criticism it has already missed initial deadlines. 

Celtic Park to become "window on the Commonwealth" during Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony

By Gary Anderson

March 20 - Celtic Park will provide a "window on the Commonwealth" during the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony ©Glasgow 2014A near 100 metre wide LED screen at Celtic Park is set to provide a "window on the Commonwealth" as Glasgow 2014 reveal the first details of the spectacular Opening Ceremony.

Tokyo 2020 under fire for appointing "sexist" music producer

By Duncan Mackay

A petition called "No to Yasushi Akimoto" has been set-up to protest about the music producer's appointment to the Executive Board of Tokyo 2020 ©change.orgMarch 20 - A new row has erupted over the composition of the Executive Board overseeing Tokyo's preparations for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics with a petition having been set-up to protest against the inclusion of music producer Yasushi Akimoto, creator of the girl group AKB4.

"Time of the essence" for cycling to reform doping policy, says USADA chief

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

Travis Tygart said time was of the essence in the International Cycling Union reformings its doping policiesMarch 20 - Wholesale reform of the International Cycling Union's (UCI) anti-doping policy must be done with speed to fully "clean out the guts of the system".

Former top official submits proposal to AIBA to set up new Indian boxing body

By Gary Anderson

March 20 - AIBA is set to consider various proposals to secure the future of Indian boxing ©AFP/Getty ImagesA group led by the former secretary general of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) has reportedly submitted a document to the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) proposing to set up a new governing body in India.
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