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More than half of Norwegians against Government backing Oslo 2022 with financial guarantees, poll claims

By Duncan Mackay

Oslo residents vote in favour of 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic bid Getty ImagesJanuary 24 - There is nationwide opposition to Oslo's campaign to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, according to a new poll, with more than half the country believing the Norwegian Government should refuse to provide the financial guarantees required.

Russian oil town to replace Vancouver as host of 2015 Winter Deaflympics

By Duncan Mackay

Khanty-Mansiysk will host the 2015 Winter Deaflympics after Vancouver withdrew ©WikipediaJanuary 24 - Russia's Khanty-Mansiysk is the new host of the 2015 Winter Deaflympics, it has been announced.

Whiley becomes first British woman to win wheelchair tennis Grand Slam

By Paul Osborne

Yui Kamiji and Jordanne Whiley took the women's doubles title at the Australian Open in Melbourne ©Takeo TanumaJanuary 24 - Jordanne Whiley became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam Wheelchair title today as she, and Japanese teammate Yui Kamiji, powered to a 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 victory over Dutch second seeds Marjolein Buis and Jiske Griffioen at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Defending champions South Africa get off to best possible start at USA Sevens in Las Vegas

By Paul Osborne

South Africa won their opening two games of the USA Rugby Sevens tournament without conceding a point ©IRB/Martin Seras LimaJanuary 24 - Defending champions South Africa got off to the best possible start in Las Vegas today winning their opening two games of the USA Rugby Sevens without conceding a point.

Tokyo 2020 unveils Organising Committee amid fears over ages of top officials

By Duncan Mackay

New Tokyo 2020 President President Yoshiro Mori was introduced today at an event at Tokyo Metropolitan Government by Japanese Olympic Committee head Tsunekazu Takeda ©Tokyo 2020January 24 - Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan Toshiro Muto has been appointed chief executive of Tokyo 2020, working under ex-Prime Minister Yoshirō Mori, it was officially confirmed  today.

ParalympicsGB team launch hailed as "fantastic celebration"

By Paul Osborne

The ParalympicsGB team launch has been hailed a "fantastic celebration" by British Paralympic athletes ©Getty ImagesJanuary 24 - Britain's Paralympic athletes have hailed their team launch for Sochi 2014 a "fantastic celebration" as all 12 selected members of the team, as well as the three competition partners, gathered in the heart of Glasgow to celebrate their selection.

Governor of 2022 Olympic bid city Lviv forced to sign letter of resignation as violent protests spread

By Paul Osborne

Ukrainian protesters in Lviv carry pictures of the two killed in clashes with riot police on Wednesday ©Getty Images January 24 - Hundreds of protesters in the Ukrainian city of Lviv - which is bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics - have stormed into the Governor's office and forced him to sign a letter of resignation.

Gwangju official escapes jail after forging signature of South Korean Prime Minister to help win World Championships

By Duncan Mackay

Kim Yoon-suk has been given a six-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of forging the signatures of the South Korean Prime Minister and Culture Minister to help Gwangju's bid to host the 2019 World Aquatics Championships ©FISUJanuary 24 - An official in Gwangju who forged the signatures of South Korea's Prime Minister and Culture Secretary during the city's successful bid to host the 2019 World Aquatics Championships has been given a six-month suspended sentence. 

Skier Sarsfield threatens legal action against BOA after omission from Sochi

By Gary Anderson

January 24 – Emily Sarsfield is threatening legal action after being left out of the final Team GB squad for Sochi 2014 ©Getty Images The British Olympic Association (BOA) has expressed its disappointment for skier Emily Sarsfield but is standing by its controversial decision to omit her from the Sochi 2014 squad, despite her threatening to take legal action against the organisation.
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