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First IJF qualification event for Rio 2016 set to get underway in Havana

By Paul Osborne

The first ever Judo Grand Prix in Havana is set to get underway inside the City Sport Coliseum tomorrow ©IJFAs preparations gather pace for Rio 2016, Havana gets set to host its inaugural Grand Prix, marking the first International Judo Federation (IJF) event to fall inside the period for Olympic qualification.

Channel 4 boss admits covering London 2012 Paralympics was risk but it paid off

By Gary Anderson

Channel 4 boss says the broadcaster's award winning coverage of the London 2012 Paralympics was a risk that paid off ©Getty Images Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham has admitted the broadcaster took a big gamble on its comprehensive coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games but the risk paid off as the success of the Games has helped change the attitude of people towards disability.

Kiwi Olympic champion swaps oar for fire hose as announces retirement from rowing

By Gary Anderson

New Zealand's Joseph Sullivan has decided to swap the oars for the fire hose after retiring from rowing to join the New Zealand Fire Service ©Getty Images New Zealand Olympic gold medal winning rower Joseph Sullivan has announced that he is retiring from the sport to pursue a career in the fire service.

Modern pentathlon's top performer Asadauskaite faces home challenge in Sarasota World Cup final

By Mike Rowbottom

Laura Asadauskaite, Lithuania's Olympic modern pentathlon champion, in action at the World Cup in Rio last year ©Getty ImagesLaura Asadauskaite, the reigning Olympic and world modern pentathlon champion and world number one, will aim to add another title to her illustrious record today as she seeks the World Cup title at the Lakewood Ranch Polo Club in Sarasota-Bradenton.

Canadian Paralympic Committee sends last call for Rio 2016 Chef de Mission candidates

By Paul Osborne

The Canadian Paralympic Committee are looking for applications for a Chef de Mission for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games ©CPCApplications for a Canadian Chef de Mission for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are being sought.

London 2012 Olympic Stadium project manager given top new role by Liverpool Football Club

By Duncan Mackay

London 2012 Olympic Stadium project Tom Doyle has been appointed by Premier League Liverpool to oversee expansion of Anfield ©Liverpool FCPremier League runners-up Liverpool have appointed Tom Doyle, the former project manager on the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, to oversee the planned £150 million ($252 million/€185 million) expansion of Anfield, its home since 1892.

Paralympic star Simmonds launches children's book

By Gary Anderson

Ellie Simmonds has launched her first childrens book today entitled Ellie's Magical Bakery ©The Random House GroupBritain's four-time swimming champion Ellie Simmonds today launched her first book entitled Ellie's Magical Bakery and revealed her excitement at swapping the challenges in the pool for a shot at the literary world.

Sheikh Ahmad slams Qatar 2022 corruption allegations as racist

By Emily Goddard

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has said the Qatar 2022 corruption allegations are "racist actions toward Qatar and Arabs" ©Getty ImagesSheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, one of the most influential powerbrokers in the Olympic Movement, has slammed the allegations of corruption surrounding the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup as racist.

OCA nominates Yu Zaiqing for ANOC vice-president

By Emily Goddard

Yu Zaiqing has been nominated as an Association of National Olympic Committees vice-president ©OCAChina's Yu Zaiqing has been nominated as an Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) vice-president following a unanimous decision at the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Extraordinary General Assembly in Kuwait.
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