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Beach rugby competition to celebrate sevens' Olympic debut at Rio 2016

By Daniel Etchells

Brazil's men's and women's sevens teams will compete against those of Argentina and Italy on the Ipanema beach in Rio ©World RugbyRugby sevens' Olympic debut at Rio 2016 will be celebrated today as international stars compete in a special invitational beach rugby competition on the Brazilian capital's Ipanema coastline. 

Sport Accord Convention appoint Vital Communications to expand global reach

By Nick Butler

SportAccord Convention have announced VITAL Communications to assist with April's Conference ©SACVital Communications have been appointed to "expand the reach" of the SportAccord Convention (SAC) ahead of next April's World Sport and Business Summit in Sochi.

Wagner, Kunieda and Kamiji top wheelchair tennis world rankings

By Nick Butler

David Wagner will end the season as quad singles world number one ©Getty ImagesUnited States' quad tennis star David Wagner will end 2014 as the world's top ranked singles and doubles player, while Japanese duo Shingo Kunieda and Yui Kamiji lead the male and female wheelchair singles standings.  

Former Lebanese Olympic Committee President killed in car crash

By Daniel Etchells

Antoine Chartier, former President of the Lebanese Olympic Committee, has died in a car crash ©LOCThe former President of the Lebanese Olympic Committee (LOC) Antoine Chartier has been killed in a car crash at the age of 77. 

Workshop held to develop Paralympic sport in Sierra Leone despite Ebola crisis

By Nick Butler

A workshop has taken place to improve Paralympic sport in Sierra Leone ©Getty ImagesA workshop to discuss ways of improving Paralympic sport in Sierra Leone has taken place, as the West African nation looks to continue its sporting growth despite the devastating impact of the Ebola outbreak.

Phelps handed suspended prison sentence for drink driving but vows to "continue path of recovery"

By Nick Butler

Michael Phelps has been handed a one-year suspended prison sentence ©Getty ImagesUnited States swimming superstar Michael Phelps has been handed a one-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty following his drink driving arrest earlier this year.

Dukurs triumphs again at skeleton World Cup as South Korean wins historic medal

By Nick Butler

Martins Dukurs, pictured celebrating a silver medal at Sochi 2014, continued his dominant form on the World Cup circuit ©AFP/Getty ImagesLatvia's Martins Dukurs continued his undefeated form on the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton (FIBT) World Cup Series by winning the second round in Calgary.

Cuban deal for Rio 2016 takes IOC's total broadcast income in quadrennium to beyond $4 billion

By David Owen

A new television deal to broadcast Rio 2016 in Cuba has been signed by the IOC  ©Getty ImagesAt the end of a week in which United States President Barack Obama announced moves to normalise diplomatic and economic links with Cuba after half-a-century of mutual hostility, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has unveiled its own agreement with the Caribbean island.

"Legally appropriate version" of Garcia's World Cup bidding report to be published but Blatter rules out a re-vote for 2018 and 2022

By Daniel Etchells

"A legally appropriate version" of Michael Garcia's report into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be released, the FIFA Executive Committee decided at its meeting in Marrakech today ©Getty ImagesFIFA's Executive Committee has agreed unanimously to publish "a legally appropriate version" of Michael Garcia's report into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups - but Russia and Qatar will remain as hosts after Sepp Blatter ruled out a re-vote. 
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