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Rome speed up plans for 2024 Olympic bid but still lack Government support

By Nick Butler

CONI remain hopeful of a Rome bid for 2024 but are yet to secure Government endorsement ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 22 - Rome's preparations to bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics have taken the next step with plans to install both a Bid Committee and an operating budget, although the Italian Government are still yet to endorse the campaign.

Baku 2015 launch Games Academy to ensure legacy for Azerbaijan

By Duncan Mackay

The Baku 2015 Academy will offer scholarships to 150 from universities in Azerbaijan and 49 from the countries of each participating National Olympic Committee ©Baku 2015April 22 - The Baku 2015 Games Academy, designed to help create a legacy for people involved in the inaugural European Games, has been launched. 

Three Lance Armstrong allies banned for roles in "widespread" doping

By Zjan Shirinian

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping ©Getty ImagesApril 22 - Three men who worked with Lance Armstrong during his Tour de France cheating have been handed bans for their role in the "widespread" use of drugs in the US Postal Service (USPS) cycling team.

Dawson to remain in charge of IGF despite stepping down as R&A chief executive

By Gary Anderson

April 22 - Peter Dawson will leave his position as chief executive of the R&A in September 2015 ©Getty Images Peter Dawson will remain as President of the International Golf Federation (IGF) until Rio 2016 despite the Royal & Ancient (R&A) today announcing he is stepping down as its chief executive in September next year.

Judo stars gear up for European Championships in Montpellier

By Gary Anderson

April 22 - Olympic champion Lasha Shavdatuashvili will lead a strong Georgian challenge for medals in Montpellier ©Getty ImagesSome of the world's top judo stars including Olympic and world champions will descend on Montpellier this week for the European Championships.

JTA growth in Olympic market recognised by Queen's Award for Enterprise

By Duncan Mackay

JTA have been awarded a Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade after increasing its turnover to £2.5 million, mainly thanks to overseas clients in the Olympic Movement ©JTAApril 22 - British-based international relations and communications agency JTA have been awarded a prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade after increasing its turnover to £2.5 million ($4.2 million/€3 million), most of it coming from overseas clients linked to the Olympic Movement. 

Indian Badminton League set to be postponed until next year to avoid fixture congestion

By Nick Butler

Hyderabad Hotshots celebrate winning the inaugural Indian Badminton League in 2013 ©Hindustan Times/Getty ImagesApril 22 - A hectic international schedule is likely to force the second edition of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) to be pushed back to early 2015 instead of being held later this year.

World number ones lead entries for Roland Garros wheelchair tennis event

By Nick Butler

Shingo Kunieda will be seeking to continue the form he showed in winning the Australian Wheelchair Tennis Open earlier this year ©Getty ImagesApril 22 - Men's and women's world number one players Shingo Kunieda and Sabine Ellerbrock are among 14 to have received direct entries for the Roland Garros Wheelchair Tennis Event, it has been announced today.

Swedish favourite misses out on medal after beaten by American

By Paul Osborne

American youngster Jajaira Gonzalez has knocked out gold medal favourite Agnes Alexiusson of Sweden in the women's lightweight division of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships ©AIBAApril 21 - Swedish medal contender Agnes Alexiusson has had her hopes of winning gold dashed on day eight of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Youth World Boxing Championships in Sofia after suffering a defeat to American Jajaira Gonzalez.
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