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Exclusive: Turkey Olympic 1500m champion facing life ban after IAAF appeal in doping case

By Duncan Mackay

Asli Çakır Alptekin faces a lifetime ban from athletics after the IAAF decided to appeal against the decision by Turkey to clear her of doping ©Getty ImagesFebruary 12 - Olympic 1500 metres champion Asli Çakır Alptekin has had a suspension for doping reimposed on her after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) appealed against the decision by Turkey to clear her.

Japan launch panel to improve its "sports diplomacy" - and it does include women

By Duncan Mackay at the Main Press Centre in Sochi 

Olympic silver and bronze medallist Yuko Arimori is to be part of a new panel set up by Japan to help strengthen its sports diplomacy ©Getty ImagesFebruary 12 - Japan today announced that it has set up a new panel of experts to try to help the country become more influential internationally in the build-up to Tokyo 2020 by strengthening its "sports diplomacy".

England 2015 launch volunteer programme ahead of Rugby World Cup

By Paul Osborne at Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club in Osterley 

The Pack - the official volunteer programme for the Rugby World Cup 2015 was launched today at the Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club ©England2015February 12 - The England 2015 Organising Committee has today launched its official volunteer programme ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

Attitude Pictures signs deal to become host broadcaster in New Zealand for Sochi 2014 Paralympics

By Gary Anderson

February 12 - Paralympics coverage in New Zealand will be available through online platform Attitude Live ©Attitude Pictures LtdBroadcasting rights for the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics in New Zealand have ben awarded to independent production company Attitude Pictures Ltd (APL), which will provide 44 hours of free coverage through its online platform.

Seven-time Paralympic champion McKeever leads Canadian Nordic skiing squad for Sochi 2014

By Gary Anderson

February 12 - Brian McKeever will once again lead the Canadian Para-Nordic skiing squad at next month's Winter Paralympics ©Bongarts/Getty Images The irrepressible Brian McKeever will once again lead the Canadian Nordic skiing Paralympic medal charge after he was one of 11 athletes and three guides nominated to the country's squad for Sochi 2014.

Qatar releases new standards charter for 2022 World Cup workers

By Paul Osborne

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has released its Workers' Welfare Standards to address migrant working conditions in the country ©Getty ImagesFebruary 11 - Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has released its Workers' Welfare Standards as the nation looks to ease pressures over migrant working conditions at the venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Kazakhstani gold medallists at Sochi 2014 set for $250,000 windfall

By Gary Anderson

February 11 - Kazakhstani figure skater Denis Ten could potentially earn $250,000 if he clinches Olympic gold in Sochi ©Getty Images Any Kazakhstani athlete who claims gold at Sochi 2014 will earn a cool $250,000 (£151,000/€184,000) for their efforts with a silver medal netting $150,000 (£90,000/€110,000) and bronze $75,000 (£45,000/€55,000).

Cycling Independent Reform Commission appeals for witnesses to come forward

By Gary Anderson

February 11 - The CIRC has appealed for witnesses as it begins it's investigation into cycling's doping past ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe body set up to investigate historic doping in cycling and allegations that the International Cycling Federation (UCI) was complicit in corruption has appealed for witnesses to come forward with information.

Table Tennis World Tour to be broadcast throughout Europe on Eurosport

By Emily Goddard

The 2014 ITTF World Tour will be broadcast live throughout Europe on Eurosport ©ITTFFebruary 11 - The 2014 Table Tennis World Tour will be broadcast live throughout Europe on Eurosport, the sport's world governing body announced today.
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