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Singh cleared of doping despite admitting use of banned substance

By James Crook

142482330April 30 - Former world number one and three-time major winner Vijay Singh has been cleared of doping despite admitting to using deer antler spray, which contains small quantities of an insulin-like growth hormone.

Olympic and world champions elected to World Curling Federation Athletes' Commission

By Emily Goddard

Bent Ramsfjell 010513April 30 - Norwegian Salt Lake City 2002 gold medallist Bent Ramsfjell and Sweden's two-time Olympic champion Cathrine Lindahl are among the world champions, and Olympic and Paralympic medallists to have been named as members of the newly formed World Curling Federation (WCF) Athletes' Commission.

We "don't like the taste of silver", says US ice sledge hockey captain after losing world title to Canada

By Emily Goddard

Taylor Lipsett 010513April 30 - Taylor Lipsett has said that he and his United States ice sledge hockey teammates "don't like the taste of silver" and that their passion for gold at Sochi 2014 has been reignited after the squad fell to Canada in the gold medal game of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championship last week.

Havelange resigns as FIFA Honorary President after named in bribes scandal but Blatter cleared

By Duncan Mackay

Joao Havelange in front of FIFA signApril 30 - João Havelange has resigned as Honorary President of FIFA after being officially found guilty of taking bribes, but his successor as head of football's world governing body, Sepp Blatter, has been cleared of breaking any ethics rules, with his handling of the situation classified as "clumsy".

Dutch candidate to replace new King Willem-Alexander set to be chosen to take over at end of the year

By Duncan Mackay

King Willem-Alexander Coronation April 30 2013April 30 - A new Dutch International Olympic Committee (IOC) member to replace Willem-Alexander, who today became the country's first King for more than a century, is set to be elected later this year, it was revealed today.

Tokyo Governor finally offers apology for comments on Istanbul 2020 bid

By Duncan Mackay

Naoki Inose mobbed by Japanese journalists April 30 2013April 30 - Tokyo's Governor Naoki Inose today apologised for his remarks which appeared to criticise Istanbul, the Japanese capital's main rival to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, admitting that they "inappropriate".

Beach football and 3x3 basketball on programme for 2015 European Games but still no athletics

By Duncan Mackay

Patrick Hickey European Games Coordination Commission visit April 29 2013April 30 - Beach football and 3x3 basketball will feature on the programme of the inaugural European Games at Baku in 2015, which will take place between June 12 and 28 that year, it was announced today.

Russian Olympic silver medallist given 10-year ban after testing positive for drugs

By Duncan Mackay

Darya Pishchalnikova with London 2012 silver medalApril 30 - Russian discus thrower Darya Pishchalnikova will be stripped of her Olympic silver medal she won at London 2012 after being given a 10-year doping following a second positive test.

Snooker launches bid to get into Olympics

By Duncan Mackay

Ronnie OSullivan at Betfair World Championships April 30 2013April 30 - Snooker today set its goal of one day becoming an Olympic sport after a meeting saw a new joint strategy agreed between its governing bodies.
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