Fukushima should host Tokyo 2020 baseball and softball matches if sports added to programme, claims official

By Nick Butler

There have been calls for baseball and softball matches to be held in Fukushima, if the sports are returned to the Olympic programme at Tokyo 2020 ©WikipediaOfficials from Fukushima, the location for the world's worst nuclear accident for 25 years four years ago, have called for baseball and softball games to be held there at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics if the two sports are, as expected, returned to the programme. 

World Rowing reacts positively to confirmation of Tokyo 2020 venue

By David Owen

Jean-Christophe Rolland has praised the choice of venue ©British RowingWorld Rowing (FISA) President Jean-Christophe Rolland has reacted positively to confirmation that the Tokyo 2020 regatta is, after all, to be staged at the originally designated Sea Forest venue, describing it as "another very picturesque venue to feature rowing near the heart of the Games".

Toyota to sign up as Olympic TOP sponsor, says report

By David Owen

Reports suggest Toyota could soon become an Olympic Top Sponsor ©ToyotaToyota, the Japanese carmaker, could be poised to sign up as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s TOP worldwide sponsorship programme, it has been reported. 

English Football Assocation wants Great Britain teams at Rio Olympics

By David Owen

The English FA want Great Britain to have football teams at the Rio 2016 Olympics ©Getty ImagesThe English Football Association is keen for Great Britain teams once again to participate in the Olympic football tournament at next year's Games in the football-besotted city of Rio de Janeiro.

German Olympic Sports Confederation officials meet with IOC as part of 2024 bid Invitation Phase

By Emily Goddard

Officials from the German National Olympic Committee have attended a meeting with the IOC as part of the Invitation Phase for the 2024 Games bid process ©IOC/Christophe MoratalOfficials from the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) have attended a meeting at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters today as part of the Invitation Phase for the 2024 Games bid process.

Norway to top Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics medals table, projection claims

By Emily Goddard

Luciano Barra has predicted that Norway will top the Pyeongchang 2018 overall medals table ©Getty ImagesNorway will finish at the top of the overall medals table with 11 golds at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, Italian expert Luciano Barra has predicted.

Exclusive: South African bid for 2024 Olympics and Paralympics "unrealistic", admits Sports Minister

By David Owen at Mansion House in London

South Africa Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has indicated the country will no longer consider a 2024 Olympic and Paralympic bid ©TwitterSouth African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has all but ruled out a bid from his country for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, telling insidethegames it would be "unrealistic".

Mourning place to be erected in Olympic Village as IOC bows to pressure over Munich Massacre

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

The IOC have long faced criticism they have not done enough to commemorate the victims of the 1972 Munich Massacre ©Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesA special place for athletes to mourn the loss of family and friends will be set up in the Olympic Village at Rio 2016, while a "moment of reflection" will be held during the Closing Ceremony, it has been revealed.

Rio 2016 golf protesters confront Bach as IOC Executive Board meeting draws to close

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Golf protester Rio 2016Campaigners angry at construction of the golf course being built for next year's Olympics, which they claim will damage the environment, confronted International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach here today. 
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