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Putin "deeply saddened" by death of judo coach

By Duncan Mackay in Moscow

Vladimir Putin with judo coachAugust 7 - Anatoly Rakhlin, vice-president of the Russian Judo Federation but better known as the man who coached Vladimir Putin in the sport, has died at the age of 75, it was announced here today.

We won't tolerate gays being treated differently at Sochi 2014, says Obama

By Emily Goddard

Barack Obama jay lenoAugust 7 - United States President Barack Obama has added his voice to the chorus of disapproval over 2014 Winter Olympic host Russia's contentious new anti-gay law and issued a warning that he has "no patience" for countries discriminating against gay, lesbian and transgender people.

Petition launched to increase Olympic equality for women boxers

By Nick Butler

Womens boxing London 2012August 7 - A petition has been launched demanding equality for female boxers in the wake of the announcement that the number of weight categories for women will remain at just three for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Wrestling launches new social media campaign to drum up support ahead of IOC vote

By Gary Anderson

August 7 - WRESTLINGWrestling is continuing its campaign for 2020 Olympic inclusion by launching a social media campaign #TakeAStance that it hopes will engage wrestlers and fans of the sport around the world to show their support a month before the decision is made.

SASCOC launches new training centre in Bloemfontein

By Gary Anderson

August 7 - SASCOC PRES GIDEONA new National Training Centre in Bloemfontein has been launched today by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

PSA Hire Tim Garner to boost European Tour ahead of 2020 bid

By Nick Butler

psa logoAugust 7 - The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has named former England international Tim Garner as its European representative in its latest move to boost the sport ahead of its vote for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games.

British Swimming will make changes after worst World Championships for 15 years, promises head coach

By Nick Butler

halsall smallAugust 6 - Bill Furniss, head coach of British Swimming, has insisted changes will be made following a disappointing week at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona in which British secured just one bronze medal and finished well short of their target of three-to-five.

Brazilian Paralympic athletes pay visit to President Rousseff

By Gary Anderson

August 6 - DILMA ROUSSEFFBrazilian President Dilma Rousseff has welcomed home some of the nation's athletes who starred at this year's International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships with a ceremony hosted at Palácio do Planalto, the Presidential Palace.

Paralympic swimming champion launches campaign to make her walk again

By Nick Butler

weg celebratingAugust 6 - American 2012 Paralympic swimming champion Mallory Weggemann has launched a campaign on the website Indiegogo to help her fulfil her dream to walk again - over five years after she took her last step.
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