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Exclusive: Support from Sheikh Ahmad and Incheon 2014 success has boosted Tokyo 2020 bid, claim WBSC

By Nick Butler in the Main Media Centre in Incheon

Success at Incheon 2014 has been hailed as a major boost for baseball in its Olympic dream ©Getty ImagesExcitement, full stadia and media interest at the Asian Games, along with an endorsement from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President, have boosted baseball and softball as the sports bid for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, according to their world governing body. 

New poll shows Norwegians would back Olympic bid if costs reduced and Lillehammer facilities used

By Duncan Mackay

A new poll claims that Norwegians would support a bid for Oslo to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics if costs are reduced ©AFP/Getty ImagesOslo's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics appears to have turned a corner after a new poll published today shows, for the first time, that the majority of Norwegians would be in favour of hosting the Games - but only if costs are reduced and facilities already built in Lillehammer are used.

ISU asks for synchronised figure skating and mass start speed race to be added to Pyeongchang 2018

By Zjan Shirinian

A speed skating mass start could join synchronised figure skating at Pyeongchang 2018 if the International Skating Union gets its way ©Getty ImagesSynchronised figure skating and a mass start long-track speed skating event could both be added to the programme for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games if the International Skating Union (ISU) gets its way.

Malaysian wushu winner stripped of Incheon 2014 gold medal after positive drugs test

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Incheon

Malaysia's Tai Cheau Xuen has been stipped of her wushu title after a failed drugs test, with gold now expected to go to Indonesia's Juwita Niza Wasni ©AFP/Getty ImagesWushu player Tai Cheau Xuen has been stripped of her Asian Games gold medal after testing positive for banned drugs, although the Malaysian team are appealing the decision, claiming there were problems with the handling of the athlete's sample.

IOC warn Gambia to restore access to Olympic headquarters or face consequences

By Duncan Mackay

The Gambian Government have been told to allow the Gambian National Olympic Committee full access to their headquarters ©GNOCFull access to the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) headquarters must be restored immediately by the Government or the country faces the threat of being suspended, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has warned.

IPC to delay final decision on Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games sports programme

By Gary Anderson

Para-taekwondo is one of the sports vying for a place on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games programme ©WTFThe International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that a final decision on the make-up of the sports programme at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be delayed until early next year.

Michael Phelps "deeply sorry" after arrest for drink driving

By Zjan Shirinian

It is the second time Michael Phelps has been arrested for driving under the influence ©Getty ImagesMichael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, has been arrested for driving under the influence.

FIFA to press ahead with artificial turf for Women’s World Cup despite threat of lawsuit

By Gary Anderson

FIFA Women's World Cup organisers are facing a lawsuit over the use of artificial turf at Canada 2015 ©Getty ImagesFIFA is set to press ahead with plans to use artificial turf for next year's Women's World Cup in Canada, despite a number of the top players in the game threatening to launch a lawsuit claiming gender discrimination.

China power to two table tennis titles on another day of dominance at Incheon 2014

By Nick Butler at the Suwon Gymnasium in Incheon

China were utterly dominant in taking double gold in table tennis ©AFP/Getty ImagesChina underlined their virtual invincibility in table tennis here today by winning two team titles at the Asian Games despite the twin challenges of a fired up opposition with nothing to lose, and a wildly enthusiastic home crowd cheering on their opponents. 
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