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New multi-billion ruble Russian sports funding programme unveiled by Vladimir Putin

By Nick Butler

Vladimir Putin has unveiled a new federal funding programme to promote sport in Russia ©AFP/Getty ImagesA new Federal funding programme worth RUB73.9 billion (£1.1 billion/$1.8 billion/€1.4 billion) is to be be introduced to further develop physical education and sports in the world's largest country, Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced.

Hosts Morocco call for postponement of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations over Ebola outbreak

By Zjan Shirinian

Next year's Africa Cup of Nations could be postponed because of the Ebola outbreak ©AFP/Getty ImagesNext year's Africa Cup of Nations could be postponed because of the Ebola crisis after a request by the Government of hosts Morocco.

Rio 2016 Education Programme has benefited 100,000 young Brazilians, it is claimed

By Nick Butler

More than 100,000 young people have benefited from the Education Programme, it is claimed ©Rio 2016More than 100,000 young people across 168 schools in and around Rio de Janeiro have benefited from the Rio 2016 Education Programme, it has been claimed, with sports participation and the "Olympic and Paralympic values" two key areas of focus.

Plans to limit Liechtenstein travel times revealed by transport manager of 2015 Winter EYOF

By Daniel Etchells in the Montafon Valley, Austria

Sarah Pirklbauer, transport and logistics manager for the 2015 Winter EYOF, believes  travel times to and from Liechtenstein have been reduced as much as possible ©ITGSarah Pirklbauer, transport and logistics manager for the 2015 Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), has said the best has been made out of a difficult situation after revealing the plans to minimise athletes' travel times to and from Liechtenstein, co-hosts of the event with Vorarlberg.

Ruthless Chinese break Italian hearts at Volleyball Women's World Championship

By Nick Butler at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan

China celebrate following their victory over Italy ©AFP/Getty ImagesA clinical performance by China silenced the home crowd here this evening as they beat the host nation 3-1 to set up an International Volleyball Federation Women's World Championship final against United States, who were equally impressive in beating Brazil 3-0.

Road to Rio 2016 begins with four teams unbeaten on opening day of Gold Coast Sevens

By Paul Osborne at the Robina Stadium in Gold Coast

Defending champions New Zealand recorded a 100 per cent win streak to kick off their World Series title defence ©IRB/Martin Seras LimaFiji, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina were in scintillating form here today as all four recorded 100 per cent records on the opening day of the Gold Coast Sevens, round one of the HSBC Sevens World Series and the first qualifying event for Rio 2016. 

Khubetsov comes out on top in all-Russian final on second day of judo Grand Prix in Astana

By Gary Anderson

Russians Alan Khubetsov and Khasan Khalmurzaev competed in the final of the men's under 81kg category in Astana ©IJFRussia's Alan Khubetsov prevailed in the final of the men's under 81 kilogram class against compatriot Khasan Khalmurzaev on the second day of action at the judo Grand Prix in Astana, which also saw wins for judoka from France, Israel and Austria.

Putin on his way to Sochi as qualifying held for first Russian Grand Prix

By Zjan Shirinian

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected in Sochi for tomorrow's race ©Getty ImagesLewis Hamilton has bagged pole position for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix around Sochi's Olympic Park, ahead of an expected visit by President Vladimir Putin.

SASCOC using conference as way to encourage more sporting events to come to southern Africa

By Nick Butler

SASCOC is using the conference to entice more sporting events to come to the region ©SASCOCA Sports and Events Tourism Exchange taking place in Durban later this month will be supported by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) for the fourth consecutive year, it has been confirmed. 
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