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Exclusive: UK Sport move set to intensify high-performance debate as appeal dates approach

By David Owen

Britain's men placed ninth of 12 in the London 2012 basketball competition, while its women came 11th of 12 ©Getty ImagesMarch 6 - UK Sport changed explanatory wording accompanying its high-performance investment principles shortly before announcing the withdrawal of funding from seven Olympic and Paralympic sports, including basketball, water polo and goalball, insidethegames has learnt.

Independent audit recommends "urgent" improvements to UCI anti-doping practices

By Paul Osborne

Following his election as UCI President, Brian Cookson commissioned an audit to investigate the anti-doping practices at the world cycling body ©Getty ImagesMarch 6 - The International Cycling Union (UCI) is set to strengthen its anti-doping programme after an independent audit from the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO).

Badminton and Para-taekwondo shortlisted in race to join Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

By Zjan Shirinian

Six sports and three disciplines have been vying for a spot on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic programme ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 6 - Badminton and Para-taekwondo have been shortlisted in the race to be added to the programme for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

FIFA opens bidding process for eight tournaments

By Zjan Shirinian

FIFA will select the hosts of eight tournaments within the next year ©Bongarts/Getty ImagesMarch 6 - Football's governing body FIFA has opened the bidding process for eight tournaments.

Pistorius prayed over body of girlfriend he shot

By Emily Goddard

Oscar Pistorius wept as a witness gave evidence at his murder trial today ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 6 - Oscar Pistorius prayed and wept as he knelt over the body of the girlfriend he had shot minutes earlier, a witness told his murder trial today.

Prince Harry-backed Invictus Games for injured service personnel launched in London's Olympic Park

By Paul Osborne at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London

Prince Harry was at the Copper Box Arena in London today to launch the new Invictus Games ©InvictusLondonMarch 6 - An international sporting event dedicated to sick, injured and wounded service personnel has been launched at the Copper Box Arena here today.

Coaches can influence whether athletes decide to dope, claims Scottish study

By Nick Butler

The study found that coaches can affect the decisions of athletes regarding doping ©Getty ImagesMarch 6 - A Scottish study has found how coaches can play an important role in influencing athletes towards or against the use of doping products.

Soprano and accordion virtuoso to perform at Sochi 2014 Paralympic Opening Ceremony

By Zjan Shirinian

Soprano Maria Guleghina, who sang during the Closing Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, will help open the Sochi 2014 ParalympicsMarch 6 - A "Cossack Lullaby" and a performance by an award-winning accordion virtuoso will form part of what organisers have promised will be a spectacular Opening Ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.

Great Britain and New Zealand announce Sochi 2014 Paralympic flagbearers

By Zjan Shirinian

Millie Knight will lead the British team out into the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony ©Getty ImagesMarch 6 - Great Britain and New Zealand have gone in opposite directions for their Paralympic flagbearer picks, with a 15-year-old and a Games veteran chosen.
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