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Exclusive: New anti-doping code may lead to cuts in the number of tests in the Netherlands - and elsewhere

By David Owen

The Doping Autoriteit is facing the prospect of further reducing the number of tests it is able to conduct ©Getty ImagesThe Dutch national anti-doping organisation (NADO), the Doping Autoriteit, is facing the prospect of further reducing the number of tests it is able to conduct after the new World Anti-Doping Code comes into effect on January 1.

IOC member Gumel edges rival to return as President of Nigerian Olympic Committee

By Nick Butler

Habu Gumel has been re-elected President of the Nigerian Olympic Committee ©FIVBInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) member Habu Gumel has returned to his role as President of the Nigerian Olympic Committee after winning a bitterly contested election with incumbent rival Sani Ndanusa.

Lavillenie and Adams voted IAAF World Athletes of the Year

By Mike Rowbottom at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille in Monte Carlo

Valerie Adams and Renaud Lavillenie pose with their IAAF World Athlete of the Year Awards ©Getty ImagesRenaud Lavillenie had the perfect end to his "perfect year" here tonight as he received the Men's World Athlete of the Year award at the International Athletics Foundation Gala, with the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) Women's award going to New Zealand's shot putter Valerie Adams, unbeaten now in 56 consecutive competitions.

Rio 2016 mascot launch set for next week - as Athens, Beijing and London counterparts visit

By Daniel Etchells

Athens 2004's Athená and Beijing 2008's Fu Niu Lele visited the Vista Chinesa ©Rio 2016 The launch of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic mascots will be revealed on Monday (November 24) following the visit of their predecessors to Rio de Janeiro., it has been announced.

Australian Olympic Committee changes constitution to recognise indigenous heritage

By Nick Butler

AOC President John Coates and sprinting legend Cathy Freeman announcing the historic change this morning ©TwitterA landmark change to the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Constitution has been unveiled today, with the body vowing to use sport to recognise and support indigenous populations.

"Every effort should be made" to ensure boxer Devi is pardoned, claims cricket superstar

By Paul Osborne

Sachin Tendulkar has come out in support of disgraced Indian boxer Sarita Devi ©Getty ImagesCricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, India's best known sportsman, has come out in support of disgraced boxer Sarita Devi and urged Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to ensure her career is not terminated prematurely.

Panama secures first ever medal at Women's World Boxing Championships

By Paul Osborne

Semi-finallists have been decided for the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships ©AIBAAtheyna Bylon has secured Panama's first ever medal in an International Boxing Association (AIBA) competition after she progressed to the semi-final of the Women's World Championships with victory over Guluzar Kazar at at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju City.

Hisayoshi brings Qingdao Judo Grand Prix crashing to a close

By Paul Osborne

Harasawa Hisayoshi took just 15 seconds to win gold on the final day of the Qingdao Grand Prix ©IJFThe Qingdao Judo Grand Prix was brought to a crushing conclusion today as Japan's Harasawa Hisayoshi ended the day's action with a victory inside 15 seconds at the Qingdao Guoxin Stadium.

Barefoot Bahraini wins cross country title at Phuket 2014 - and then carries on running

By Nick Butler on Naiyang Beach in Phuket 

The early stages of the men's cross country race before they progressed onto the sand ©ITGCross country running made its Asian Beach Games debut here today, with Bahrain cruising to four gold medals in a sport which proved both gruelling and picturesque, as well as slightly farcical.
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