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Lausanne gets full political backing for 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games bid

By Paul Osborne

Lausanne has received the full backing of the Grand Council of Vaud in its bid for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games ©Getty ImagesAs cities, nations and Governments continue to reject proposals to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, politicians in Switzerland have bucked the trend, giving their full backing to a bid for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne.

BP to sponsor Baku 2015 European Games

By Duncan Mackay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baku

Baku 2015 have signed up BP as an official sponsor of the first ever European Games ©Baku 2015BP were today announced by Baku 2015 as an official partner of next year's inaugural European Games.

Bach hails "impressive measures" taken by UCI to combat doping under new President Cookson

By Nick Butler

Brian Cookson told Thomas Bach measures the UCI are doing to combat any lingering doping culture in the sport ©AFP/Getty ImagesInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has welcomed the "impressive measures" being taken by the new International Cycling Union (UCI) President Brian Cookson to combat any lingering doping problems in the sport.

Hopes of a nation on Brazil as they kick off FIFA World Cup

By Zjan Shirinian

Brazil are favourite to win their sixth World Cup ahead of the tournament kicking off today ©AFP/Getty ImagesHosts Brazil will begin their quest for a sixth FIFA World Cup today when they kick off the 20th staging of the tournament against Croatia.

One of 36 gold medals awarded at 1936 Winter Olympics sells for £30,000

By Nick Butler

The 1936 Winter Olympic gold medal sold for £30,000 at an auction ©Graham Budd AuctionsOne of only 36 gold medals awarded for the Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 Winter Olympics has sold at auction in London for £30,000 ($50,000/€37,000).

Top names in US Para-athletics to descend on San Francisco Bay for National Championships

By Nick Butler

Fresh from competing at Sochi 2014, Tatyana McFadden will return to the track in San Mateo ©Getty ImagesNordic skiers and triathletes, as well as leading performers from across the Para-athletics spectrum, are among leading entries for the US Paralympics Track and Field National Championships on San Francisco Bay later this month, it has been revealed.

Crichton appointed full-time performance coach at Paralympics New Zealand

By Paul Osborne

Roly Crichton has been appointed as a full-time performance coach New Zealand's Para-swimming programme ©Getty ImagesParalympics New Zealand has today announced the appointment of Roly Crichton as a full-time performance coach for the country's Para-swimming programme.

Spectacular firework display celebrates One Year To Go until Baku 2015

By Duncan Mackay at Baku Boulevard in Baku

Baku 2015 fireworks 1A spectacular firework display here tonight marked One Year To Go until the start of the inaugural European Games, the biggest event ever to be held in Azerbaijan.

FIBA unveils unique court designs for 2014 Basketball World Cup

By Emily Goddard

FIBA has revealed the unique court designs for the 2014 Basketball World Cup in Spain ©FIBA The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has unveiled a series of unique new designs for the custom-made courts and backstop units that will be played on during this year's Basketball World Cup in Spain.
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