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Exclusive: Bubka calls for urgent investigation of Russian doping allegations

David Owen at the Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo

Sergey Bubka has called for an urgent investigation of the Russian doping allegations ©Getty ImagesSergey Bubka, the former pole-vaulter who is vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), is urging a rapid and thorough investigation of the allegations of systematic doping among Russian athletes in a recent German television documentary.

Eight IOC members set to miss Agenda 2020 votes

By David Owen at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo

Eight IOC members will miss the 127th Session being held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo ©IOCA total of eight International Olympic Committee (IOC) members, including the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, are set to miss the key 127th IOC Session in Monaco that gets under way with an Opening Ceremony here tonight.

Russia claim men's crown after technical problems at World Taekwondo Team Championships

By Daniel Etchells at Queretaro Convention Centre

The Russian men's team sing their national anthem on the winner's podium ©WTFRussia beat hosts Mexico in the men's final here at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Cup Team Championships on a day initially marred by long delays due to technical problems with the electronic potection scoring system (PSS).

"Discussions" begin to move Pyeongchang 2018 sliding sports venue outside South Korea

By Nick Butler at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo

A proposed move to the Pyeongchang 2018 sliding sports venue is one of several potential changes as a consequence of Agenda 2020 ©Getty ImagesCalls for sliding sports at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics to be moved outside South Korea are, at this stage, a means to outline the potential flexibility for bidding cities if Agenda 2020 proposals are passed more than a concrete plan, insidethegames understands. 

Register for Olympic bidding consultants "positive step", claim leading professionals

By Nick Butler at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo

The process for hiring consultants, seen as a key prerequisite of a successful Olympic bid, could be tightened up as part of Olympic Agenda 2020 ©Getty ImagesPlans to create a register of advisers and lobbyists eligible to work on Olympic bids, listed among Thomas Bach's 40 Agenda 2020 proposals, would improve the openness and standards of the profession, it is claimed.

World champions Australia settle for draw on day two of Men's Champions Trophy

By Emily Goddard

Australia had to settle for a draw against Belgium on day two of the Men's Champions Trophy in India ©Getty ImagesWorld champions Australia had to settle for a draw against Belgium on day two of the Men's Champions Trophy after Tom Boon scored with the very last play at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

Argentina prepares to celebrate first National Paralympic Day

By Emily Goddard

Gustavo Fernandez will be one of the star attractions at Argentina's inaugural National Paralympic Day ©Getty ImagesArgentina is holding celebrations today to mark its first National Paralympic Day.

Egyptian President opens Special Olympics MENA Regional Games in Cairo

By Nick Butler

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi attended the Opening Ceremony, in what was hailed as a major boost for disabled sport in Egypt ©SpecialOlympicsMENAEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has opened the Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Games in Cairo, in what is seen as a major boost for disabled sport in the African nation. 

Mexican men succeed where women falter as World Taekwondo Team Championships begins

By Daniel Etchells at Queretaro Convention Centre

Mexico's men's team, fighting in blue, finished second in Group B ©WTFThere were mixed feelings for Mexico on day one of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships here, as the host nation's men advanced to the semi-finals with their female counterparts missing out.
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