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Pyeongchang 2018 sets $1.1 billion marketing target as Rogge helps launch programme

By Duncan Mackay at the Westin Chosun in Seoul

Jacques Rogge in Seoul January 30 2013January 30 - Pyeongchang 2018 today officially signed the Marketing Plan Agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), setting itself a target of raising $1.1 billion (£699 million/€814 million) to help fund the staging of the first Winter Games to take place in South Korea. 

Brazil 2014 unveils official World Cup poster

By Duncan Mackay

Brazil 2014 World Cup poster launched Rio de Janeiro January 30 2013January 30 - Brazil today unveiled its official poster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, which had originally been postponed from Monday because of the nightclub tragedy in Santa Maria.

Japanese Olympic judokas "beaten with sticks" by head coach

By James Crook

Ryuji Sonoda at London 2012January 30 - Japan's Olympic female judokas were routinely slapped and beaten with bamboo swords by head coach Ryuji Sonoda (pictured), according to officials.

Tributes paid to Olympic architect credited for creating London 2012 parklands

By Emily Goddard

John Hopkins 300113January 30 - John Hopkins, the landscape architect who led the creation of the much-celebrated London 2012 Olympic parklands, has died suddenly at the age of 59.

London 2012 bid star Amber Charles calls for UK Sport to restore funding for British Basketball

By Tom Degun

Amber Charles with Sebastian CoeJanuary 30 - Amber Charles, who memorably proved one of the stars of the successful London 2012 bid presentation in Singapore eight years ago, has pleaded with UK Sport to reconsider their decision to cut funding for British Basketball with the two organisations having met to discuss the issue today.

Sweetenham appointed interim head coach of New Zealand

By Duncan Mackay

Bill Sweetenham head and shouldersJanuary 30 - Britain's former performance director Bill Sweetenham has been appointed as the interim head coach of Swimming New Zealand, it was announced today. 

Grondona to step down as Argentina FA chief in 2015

By James Crook

grondonaJanuary 30 - One of football's most controversial figures, 81-year-old Julio Grondona, has announced that he will step down as chief of the Argentinian Football Association (AFA) in 2015 after 36 years in the role.

Jersey set to send largest ever team to Glasgow 2014

By Duncan Mackay

Jersey at Commonwealth GamesJanuary 30 - Jersey is planning to send its biggest ever team to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.

US Paralympics selects five athletes for 2013 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships

By Tom Degun

Dan CnossenJanuary 30 - US Paralympics has announced the five athletes, all of who are active duty or veteran serviceman, that will represent America at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing World Championships, which are due to get underway next month in Solleftea, Sweden.
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