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French company involved in Sochi 2014 hired to develop more Russian ski resorts

By Nick Butler

Plans are in place to develop a ski resort in Eastern Russia ©De Agostini/Getty ImagesApril 15 - A French company which designed various Winter Olympic venues in Sochi is to be involved in the construction of mountain ski resorts on Russia's far eastern Kamchatka peninsula.

Construction workers vote to continue strikes in yet another blow for Rio 2016

By Nick Butler

The extension of strikes will delay already behind schedule construction plans ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 15 - Problems engulfing Rio 2016 are showing no signs of easing after workers at the main Olympic Park in Barra voted to continue strikes which are delaying a construction timetable already well behind schedule.

Tens of thousands call for IOC to ban countries with "anti-gay" laws hosting Games

By Zjan Shirinian

Russia's anti-gay rights law sparked protests at home and abroad ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 15 - More than 110,000 people have delivered a message to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that it should not award Summer or Winter Games to countries with "anti-gay or discriminatory laws".

"It's time to seriously consider an African Olympics", says IOC Athletes' Commission member

By Nick Butler

There is a growing school of thought that an African city such as Durban could one day host an Olympic Games ©Latin Content/Getty ImagesApril 15 - Senegal's International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes' Commission member Amadou Dia Ba has claimed the time has come for Africa to seriously consider bidding to host an Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Ugandan Parliament opens probe into "national shame" sex abuse scandal involving top female athletes

By Nick Butler

The Ugandan Parliament, pictured in 2012, will open a probe into alleged abuse of female members of the Ugandan athletics team ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 15 - A probe has been opened by the Ugandan Parliament into the alleged sex abuse of female national team runners by a male coach.

Pistorius fired gun with "sole purpose" of killing girfriend

By Zjan Shirinian

After seven days of gruelling cross-examination, Oscar Pistorius' testimony came to an end today ©Getty ImagesApril 15 - Oscar Pistorius read out the Valentine's Day card from his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which he was due to open on the day he killed her, after being accused of firing his gun with the "sole purpose" of shooting her dead.

Fourth Jamaican athlete handed doping ban after positive test

By Nick Butler

The ban handed to triple jumper Damar Robinson follows others to the likes of Asafa Powell in recent days ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 15 - High jumper Damar Robinson has become the latest Jamaican to be handed a doping suspension after testing positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs last year.

History made as vote for Athlete Representatives opens

By Zjan Shirinian

The International Equestrian Federation is allowing athletes to vote for the Athlete Representatives for the first time ©FEIApril 15 - Voting has opened today to choose the eight Athlete Representatives of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), with athletes having a say for the first time.

More tickets for sold-out Basketball World Cup final on sale today

By Emily Goddard

Fans are being given another chance to snap up tickets for the 2014 Basketball World Cup ©FIBAApril 15 - More tickets for the sold-out 2014 Basketball World Cup final will go on sale today following high demand in the first two months, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has announced.
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