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Exclusive: Olympic Movement urgently needs to change policy on ticket sales, says London 2012 ticket director

By Mike Rowbottom at the University of Tsukuba, Tokyo Campus

London 2012 was only able to sell tickets to the UK or Europe itself having to hand over worldwide sales to other agencies ©Getty ImagesThe Olympic Movement is out of date in terms of its attitude to selling tickets for the Games and needs to move into the digital age sooner rather than later, according to Paul Williamson, director of ticketing for London 2012, who is now fulfilling the same function for next year's Rugby World Cup.

IOC insist 2022 FIFA World Cup and Olympics will not clash as football chief calls for Games to be moved

By Zjan Shirinian

The threat remains of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar forcing the 2022 Winter Olympics to be rescheduled ©Getty ImagesThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reiterated the assurances it has been given that the 2022 FIFA World Cup and Winter Olympics will not clash, amid claims football's quadrennial showpiece could elbow the Games to another date.

Exclusive: Japanese Sports Minister recruits students to publicise Tokyo 2020 Sport For Tomorrow project

By Mike Rowbottom at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports in Tokyo

Hakubun Shimomura, Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology ©AFP/Getty ImagesJapan's Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hakubun Shimomura today called upon the first student intake of the Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS), an integral part of the Sport For Tomorrow project pledged as part of the commitment to hosting Tokyo 2020, to turn into the first wave of world ambassadors for the programme.

Arup appointed lead advisor to Tokyo 2020

By Mike Rowbottom in Tokyo

Part of Arup's proposed waterfront designs for the Tokyo 2020 Games ©ArupArup, the international design engineering consultancy, will provide advice for Tokyo's Metropolitan Government and Organising Committee of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to develop venues and infrastructure, it has been announced.

Exclusive: Evaluation Commission for 2022 Commonwealth Games announced

By Paul Osborne at the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

Louise Martin is set to chair the Evaluation Commission tasked to asses the candidate cities vying to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games ©Getty ImagesThe Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) today announced the team appointed to the new Evaluation Commission set to assess the candidate cities vying to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Exclusive: Kipketer warns of dangers of athletes switching nationality

By Nick Butler at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo

Wilson Kipketer expressed some concern about athletes switching nationality ©Getty ImagesWilson Kipketer, the former world record holder for 800 metres, has expressed concern about athletes switching nationality and competing for new countries without living there and contributing to the local community.

IPC Swimming looks ahead as it reviews strategic plan

By Zjan Shirinian

The governing body's Sport Technical Committee met to look ahead to 2015's schedule ©Getty ImagesChiefs have met to map out the next year in Paralympic swimming as part of a strategic plan.

Kazakhstan champions head entries for Astana leg of Judo World Tour

By Nick Butler

The draw taking place for the Astana Grand Prix, which begins in the Kazakh capital tomorrow ©IJFA total of 277 competitors from 37 countries are descending on Astana for this weekend's Grand Prix, the first stop on the season-ending Asian leg of the International Judo Federation's (IJF) World Tour.

Football Federation of Australia gears up for life after Lowy with appointment of two new Board members

By Paul Osborne

The Football Federation of Australia has appointed two new directors its board in sight of chairman Frank Lowy seeing his term expire next year ©Getty ImagesThe Football Federation of Australia (FFA) has announced the appointment of two new directors to the FFA Board as succession plans continue in sight of veteran chairman Frank Lowy's term expiry at the end of next year.
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