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Japanese and French Olympic Committees sign partnership to "share good practices"

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

Japanese Olympic Committee and French Olympic Committee Presidents Tsunekazu Takeda and Denis Masseglia have signed an agreement for the two organisations to work together ©CNOSFA special signing ceremony has taken place here today to mark a new partnership between the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF). 

Paralympian and IPC Athletes’ Council member McCullough dies

By Gary Anderson

Former two-time US Paralympian Jon McCullough has died after battling cancer ©Getty ImagesParalympian and member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes' Council, Jon McCullough, has died today following a battle with cancer.

IOC President reiterates commitment to reforming Olympic sports programme

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

Thomas Bach has provided further indication of his willingness to reform the Olympic programme ©ITGStrong indication has been provided by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today of his willingness to reform the Olympic sports programme as a key dimension of the Olympic Agenda 2020 modernisation drive.

United States win third FIBA Under-17 World Championship title with victory over Australia

By Gary Anderson

The United States celebrate a third successive FIBA Under-17 World Championship win in Dubai ©Getty ImagesThe United States has claimed a third consecutive FIBA Under-17 World Championship crown to remain unbeaten in the history of the tournament after overcoming Australia 99-92 in the gold medal match in Dubai. 

Germany’s Müller and Spaniard Ruzafa take cross triathlon world titles in Zittau

By Gary Anderson

The ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships took place in Zittau, Germany ©Getty ImagesKatrin Müller of Germany completed a successful summer by adding to her European title with gold at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Cross Triathlon World Championships in Zittau, which also saw Spain's Ruben Ruzafa take the men's world crown.

Bach urges everyone to take a "selfie" as Nanjing 2014 opens with spectacular ceremony

By Nick Butler at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre

Thomas Bach embraced the Youth Olympic spirit by posing for a selfie during the Ceremony ©AFP/Getty ImagesNanjing 2014 got underway here this evening with an Opening Ceremony of the Summer Youth Olympic Games celebrating both the history and traditions of China and the potential and vibrancy of its youngsters.

Bach promises to resolve problem accessing social media at Nanjing 2014

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

IOC President Thomas Bach reiterated his confidence that problems with accessing the internet at Nanjing 2014 will be resolved soon ©ITGDiscussions have been held this morning to rectify outstanding problems with accessing the internet and social media websites here at the Summer Youth Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has revealed. 

Exclusive: Baku 2015 promising "creative" ideas to ensure full stadia at inaugural European Games

By Duncan Mackay 

Baku 2015 chief operating officer Simon Clegg is promising to come up with a ticketing strategy that ensures full stadia at the first ever European Games next year ©Baku 2015Ticket prices for next year's European Games in Baku will be kept as low as possible to try to ensure full venues, chief operating officer Simon Clegg has promised. 

Nigeria withdrawal from Nanjing 2014 because of Ebola crisis confirmed by IOC President

By Paul Osborne at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

Nigeria has withdrawn from the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games it has been confirmed ©Getty ImagesNigeria has withdrawn from the Summer Youth Olympic Games, it was officially confirmed by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach here today. 
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