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Englebert Strauss announced as sponsor of 2014 European Handball Championships

By Nick Butler

Engelbert Strauss will support the 2014 European Handball Championships ©Englebert StraussJanuary 6 - Leading European mail order company Engelbert Strauss has been named as an official sponsor of both the men and women's European Handball Championships in 2014.

Sheikh Ahmad's brother elected chairman of Kuwait Olympic Committee

By Nick Butler

Sheikh Talah is also President of the Kuwait Football Association ©Getty ImagesJanuary 6 - The Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC) have elected Talal Fahad Al Sabah for as chairman, while Judo Union of Asia President Obaid al-Enezi has been named secretary general.

US leads list of FINA Athletes of the Year for 2013

By Gary Anderson

January 6 - Ryan Lochte of the United States has been named as a FINA Athlete of the Year for a third time in 2013 ©AFP/Getty ImagesSwimmers Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky, along with high diver Cesilie Carlton of the United States, are among the 11 names revealed as the 2013 Athletes of the Year by the International Swimming Federation (FINA).

Skate Canada appoints Halliday as new chief marketing officer

By Gary Anderson

January 6 - Skate Canada has appointed a new chief marketing officer ©Skate CanadaSkate Canada has announced the appointment of Mark Halliday as the organisation's first chief marketing officer.

German swimmer Hassemeier leads World Games Athlete of the Year shortlist

By Paul Osborne

IWGA has opened the vote for the Athlete and Team of the Year awards ©IWGAJanuary 6 - Germany's Marcel Hassemeier has been named on a 10-strong shortlist for the International World Games Association (IWGA) Athlete of the Year award as the organisation looks to celebrate the "highly successful Games" held in the Colombian city of Cali last year.

Volleyball World Championships taking shape as European qualification comes to an end

By Gary Anderson

January 6 - Serbia were one of six Euroepan teams to qualify for the men's 2014 Volleyball World Championships this weekend ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe line-ups for both the men's and women's 2014 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World Championships are taking shape after the final rounds of European qualification concluded this weekend, with the Netherlands being the biggest name to miss out.

Australia denies "blanket ban" on social media at Sochi 2014 after criticism

By Nick Butler

Vancouver 2010 halfpipe snowboard champion Torah Bright has been among those most opposed to the social media ban ©Getty ImagesJanuary 6 - The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has been forced to clarify its supposed "blanket ban" on the use of social media by its athletes at next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, after facing a storm of protests led by defending halfpipe snowboard champion Torah Bright.

UK Athletics chief executive's £90,000 pay raise sparks fury

By Nick Butler

There has been widespread criticism after the extent of Niels de Vos's salary was revealed ©Getty ImagesJanuary 6 - At a time when coaches across Britain are receiving cuts in funding, UK Athletics has been strongly criticised after it was revealed that chief executive Niels de Vos received a 55 per cent pay increase during 2012.

No changes at Generations For Peace despite Prince Feisal divorcing co-founder

By Nick Butler

There will be no changes at Generations for Peace despite the third marriage of Prince Feisal at the weekend ©Getty ImagesJanuary 6 - There will be no changes at the helm of Generations For Peace despite the fact that chairman HRH Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein has divorced co-founder Sarah Kabbani Al-Feisal and remarried for a third time, insidethegames has learned.
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