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Exclusive: Ugandan officials still welcome at Glasgow 2014 despite country passing anti-gay law

By Nick Butler

President Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay rights bill last week...but Ugandan officials remain likely to attend Glasgow 2014 ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 4 - Ugandan politicians will still be allowed to attend this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow despite a controversial new law banning homosexuality in the country, Scottish Government officials have confirmed to insidethegames.

Ukraine yet to decide if athletes will compete at Sochi 2014 Paralympics

By Nick Butler

A decision has not yet been taken over whether Ukrainian athletes will compete at Sochi 2014 ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 4 - Ukrainian Minister of Youth and Sport Dmitry Bulatov is personally boycotting the Winter Paralympics in Sochi but a decision is yet to be made on the participation of his country's athletes at the Games. 

"Leave global politics to politicians" says IPC President as he arrives in Sochi for Paralympics

By Gary Anderson

March 4 - IPC President Sir Philip Craven arrives in Sochi and is greeted by Sochi 2014 President Dimitry Chernyshenko and Games volunteers ©Sochi 2014Despite ongoing tensions surrounding the Crimea crisis, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven has arrived in Sochi ahead of the Opening Ceremony on Friday (March 7) and claimed the Winter Games will be a huge success.

Second Pistorius trial witness reports "loud voices" arguing followed by "shots or explosions"

By Nick Butler

A neighbour claimed to hear sounds of an argument followed by shots being fired on the second day of the Oscar Pistorius trial ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 4 - A witness has described hearing "loud voices" arguing followed by "shots or explosions" the night Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was killed.

"Problems under control" insists Blatter as World Cup 100 day countdown begins

By Zjan Shirinian

The Arena da Baixada in Curitiba has been given a reprieve by FIFA after it threatened to take away the four World Cup games it is due to host ©FIFA via Getty ImagesMarch 4 - "All problems are under control" is the message from FIFA President Sepp Blatter, as Brazil counts down the final 100 days to the start of its World Cup.

Maribor forced to pay compensation to FISU over cancellation of 2013 Winter Universiade

By Gary Anderson

March 4 - Maribor has reportedly been forced to pay compensation to FISU after having the 2013 Winter Universiade taken away ©Getty Images The Municipality of Maribor has been forced to pay compensation to the International Federation of University Sports (FISU) after the Slovenian city was unable to stage the 2013 Winter Universiade.

Former Olympic champion Szabo appointed new Romanian Sports Minister

By Duncan Mackay

Gabriela Szabo has been appointed as Romania's new Sports Minister ©Getty ImagesMarch 4 - Former Olympic champion Gabriela Szabo has been appointed as Romania's new Minister of Youth and Sport, it was announced today.

Record medal winner Bjørndalen to continue biathlon career for two more years

By Nick Butler

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen will continue his illustrious biathlon career until 2016 ©AFP/Getty ImagesMarch 4 - Norway's record Winter Olympic medal winner Ole Einar Bjørndalen has reversed his retirement plans and vowed to carry on his remarkable career until the 2016 World Championships in Oslo.

London 2012 gym equipment gives Wigan youngsters chance to train in shadows of sporting heroes

By Gary Anderson at the Wigan Youth Zone

March 4 - Gym equipment from the London 2012 Athletes' Village is now being used by youngsters in Wigan ©ITGFor less than the price of a bar of chocolate, young people in Wigan can use the same treadmill as Olympic legend Usain Bolt or power through a session on the same dumbbells as Paralympic star David Weir, thanks to a unique project funded by sports business tycoon and chairman of Wigan Athletic, Dave Whelan.
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