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New Zealand Paralympic swimming hopefuls take part in development camp

By Emily Goddard

New Zealand Paralympic swimming hopefuls have taken part in a development camp in Albany ©PNZ/FacebookNine swimmers that dream of one day representing New Zealand at the Paralympic Games have taken part in a special development camp at the AUT Millennium high performance sports facility in Albany.

Rio 2016 mascots, inspired by animals and plants of Brazil, launched

By Duncan Mackay

The mascots for Rio 2016 have been inspired by the animals and plants of Brazil ©Rio 2016A bright yellow and cat-like, with a green leaf-haired brother, the mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics have been launched in Rio de Janeiro today. 

Russia, Finland and Sweden remain unbeaten at European Curling Championships

By Paul Osborne

Russia continue their unbeaten streak at the European Curling Championships ©Getty ImagesRussia and Finland's women's teams and Sweden's men have continued their unbeaten streaks at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 at the Palladium de Champéry in Champéry, Switzerland.

Exclusive: WADA pledges to "work closely" with stakeholders on implementation of new anti-doping code

By David Owen

WADA will work closely with national anti-doping organisations to help implement the new World Anti-Doping Code ©Getty ImagesThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) says it will "work closely" with national anti-doping organisations (NADOs) and other stakeholders in coming months to help them to implement changes brought about by the new World Anti-Doping Code efficiently and effectively.

Exclusive: Asia would be "fully capable" of hosting first World Beach Games, claims OCA director general

By Nick Butler at the Phuket Orchid Resort and Spa Karon

OCA director general Husain Al Musallam believes any country in Asia would be capable of hosting the first World Beach Games ©OCAAlmost any country in Asia would be capable of hosting the first World Beach Games with the balance of power having shifted to to the continent from Europe when it comes to putting on major events, Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) director general Husain Al Musallam claimed here today. 

Exclusive: Qatar's experience shows it will host a good World Cup, claims FIFA Executive Committee contender

By Nick Butler at the Holiday Inn Resort Hotel in Phuket

Prince Abdullah Shah believes Qatar would be able to hold a successful World Cup despite the criticism ©Getty ImagesMalaysia's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) vice-president and FIFA Executive Committee candidate, Prince Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has admitted Qatar was a controversial choice to host the 2022 World Cup but claimed they are "fully capable of making it happen".

Exclusive: North Korea hopes to host Weightlifting World Championships

By Brian Oliver

North Korea hopes to host the Weightlifting World Championships ©Getty ImagesNorth Korea, the world's most reclusive country, wants to host an International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships and the sport's world governing body is keen for it to happen - so, too, are rival teams across the globe.

Woman arrested in Iran for watching volleyball freed on bail

By Duncan Mackay

Ghoncheh Ghavami, arrested for attending an FIVB World League match in Iran, has been released on bail from jail in Tehran ©FacebookA woman jailed for watching an International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World League match in Iran has been released from prison on bail, her family have revealed.

"Outstandingly successful" Asian Beach Games declared closed as attention turns to Vietnam 2016

By Nick Butler at the Saphan Hin Sports Centre in Phuket

More fireworks ensued as the Phuket 2014 Asian Beach Games closed with a bang tonight ©Phuket 2014Phuket's Asian Beach Games closed here this evening with another homage to the host island resort, once again punctuated but not overshadowed by several periods of rain.
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