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Baku 2015 confirm addition of sambo to European Games

By Duncan Mackay

Sambo has been officially added to the programme for next year's European Games in Baku ©SportAccordSambo, the martial art developed for Russia's military and police force in the 1930s, has been officially added to the inaugural European Games in Baku - as insidethegames reported exclusively in May that it would be. 

Beijing flexes muscles in 2022 Olympic race by unveiling eight major sponsors

By Nick Butler

Eight sponsors have been signed to support Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Beijing 2022Beijing Bank, Beijing Automotive Group and internet giants Tencent Group are among eight sponsors to have been signed by Beijing as the Chinese capital city's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics gathers pace.

Rio 2016 opens new markets but not sole reason for name change says IRB chief

By Gary Anderson

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper has said Olympic inclusion was not the sole factor behind name change ©Getty ImagesThe global exposure afforded by the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was not the sole factor behind the International Rugby Board's (IRB) decision to rebrand itself as World Rugby, according to chief executive Brett Gosper.

World Judo Championships dances to South American tune

By Duncan Mackay at the Traktor Sport Arena in Chelyabinsk

Brazil's Mayra Aguiar celebrates victory in the women's under-78kg class ©IJFThe World Judo Championships was swaying to a South American beat here on day five as Colombia's Yuri Alvear and Brazil's Mayra Aguiar won the under-70 kilogram and under-78kg titles respectively.

Dutch celebrate home gold as World Rowing Championships witness nine world best times

By Mike Rowbottom

Six of today's eight finals at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam produced world best times ©Getty ImagesAs is their custom, Dutch swimmers wasted no time in reaching their home crew on the first of three finals days at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam – and there was special reason for celebration as the defending champions in the lightweight women's quadruple sculls had set the stands in a ferment by finishing eight seconds inside the eight-year-old world best set by China.

Indian shocks world number two to secure semi-final spot at Badminton World Championships

By Gary Anderson

India's PV Sindhu picked up an impressive win over Chinese world number two Wang Shixian in Copenhagen ©Getty ImagesIndia's PV Sindhu caused the biggest upset of the Badminton World Championships so far as she came through a titanic three-set battle to knock out China's world number two Wang Shixian in the quarter-finals at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen.

De Marchi wins stage seven of Vuelta a España as Froome recovers from crash to close gap on leaders

By Gary Anderson

Alessandro De Marchi won today's stage seven on the Vuelta a España ©AFP/Getty ImagesItalian Alessandro De Marchi claimed a fine solo win on stage seven of the Vuelta a España in Alcaudete on a day that saw Team Sky's Chris Froome suffer a heavy crash before recovering to claw back three seconds on the overall leaders.

Bangladesh Youth Games set to be founded to address dearth of talent

By Zjan Shirinian

Bangladesh have disappointed at recent major Games, winning just one medal, a silver, at Glasgow 2014 ©Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty ImagesA Bangladesh Youth Games could be held for the first time in December as part of a push to identify sporting talent in the country.

Karate returns to birthplace with Premier League event in Okinawa

By Gary Anderson

The WKF Premier League series is set to visit Okinawa in Japan ©AFP/Getty ImagesSome of the best karate exponents in the world will be in the spiritual home of the sport this weekend as Okinawa Island, Japan, hosts its inaugural World Karate Federation (WKF) Premier League event.
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