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MasterCard announced as official worldwide partner of Rugby World Cup 2015

By Gary Anderson

April 16 - All Black legend Dan Carter was at the announcement of MasterCard as an official worldwide partner of the Rugby World Cup 2015 ©IRBGlobal payments firm MasterCard has renewed its partnership with Rugby World Cup Limited, which will see it act as the preferred card and official payment system of Rugby World Cup 2015.

World's best to gather in Hyères for final sailing World Cup event of season

By Gary Anderson

April 16 - Tom Burton will be one of the sailors looking to win two successive World Cup events in France next week ©Getty Images The fifth and final International Sailing Federation (ISAF) World Cup event of the season gets underway in Hyères, France, next week and will see some top-level racing taking place between a host of the world's best sailors including reigning Olympic and world champions.

Nike and USA Track & Field sign multi-million dollar deal through to 2040

By Paul Osborne

Nike and USA Track and Field have extended their partnership to run through until 2040 ©Getty ImagesApril 16 - Global sports apparel brand Nike and USA Track & Field (USATF) have announced an extension to their partnership which will significantly increase support of USATF programmes, athletes and competitive groups through to 2040.

Swiss businessman becomes first contender to challenge Princess Haya for FEI Presidency

By Nick Butler

Pierre Genecand has announced plans to stand for the FEI Presidency ©FacebookApril 16 - Swiss businessman Pierre Genecand has become the first person to declare his candidacy for the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Presidency to replace Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.

Tickets now on sale for Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games

By Paul Osborne

International tickets for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing have gone on sale ©ChinaFotoPress/Getty ImagesApril 16 - International tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Rhythmic gymnastics officials welcome CAS ruling against "false" FIG allegations

By Emily Goddard

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld the appeals of the six members of the Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee ©AFP/Getty ImagesApril 16 - Natalia Kuzmina, President of the Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee, has welcomed a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling that upheld her appeal against International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) sanctions following the discovery of alleged "irregularities" at a series of judges' course in 2012.

São Paulo to host coaching and classification workshops ahead of Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games

By Gary Anderson

April 16 – Specially selected individuals will take part in coaching and classification workshops in São Paulo this week ©Getty Images Around 75 people from 13 countries in Continental America will attend coaching and classification workshops in São Paulo as part of the build-up to next year's Parapan American Games in Toronto.

Hosts dominate medals table as IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Beijing comes to close

By Paul Osborne

The third and final day of the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Beijing has come to a close ©Getty ImagesApril 16 - As the third and final day of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics Grand Prix in Beijing, China comes to a close, it is the hosts, who, unsurprisingly, came out the dominant victors, securing almost four times as many medals as their closest rivals.

Brazilian officials unveil long-awaited infrastructure budget in bid to allay Rio 2016 fears

By Nick Butler

The long-awaited infrastructure budget for Rio 2016 has been announced today ©Getty ImagesApril 16 - Brazilian Government officials have unveiled an infrastructure budget totalling 24.1 billion real ($10.8 billion/£6.4 billion/€7.8 billion) for Rio 2016 as they aim to provide reassurances of their commitment in the wake of huge criticism over behind-schedule preparations.
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