Six Months To Go To Tokyo 2020



We are supportive of both wrestling and baseball/softball, says USOC chief executive

By Emily Goddard

Scott Blackmun 080313March 8 - Scott Blackmun, chief executive of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has claimed his organisation backs both wrestling and baseball/softball, and hopes to see both on the shortlist being presented to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members who will decide the fate of the disciplines hoping to make it onto the core sports programme.


Fired Russian Olympic Committee vice-president suspected of misspending half-a-billion dollars

By Emily Goddard

Akhmed Bilalov 080313March 8 - Akhmed Bilalov, the former Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) vice-president fired by Russian President Vladimir Putin over construction delays and cost overruns on the ski jumping facility for Sochi 2014, is now facing fresh allegations of misspending up to 15.5 billion roubles ($504 million/£335 million/€387 million), prosecutors have confirmed.






South African FA crisis rumbles on as match-fixing probe ordered

By James Crook

160556603March 6 - The crisis-hit South African Football Association (SAFA) is set for more unwelcome attention after President of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) Gideon Sam ordered a probe into alleged match fixing in the South African national team's warm-up games before the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


Paralympic champion Applegate smashes British record

By James Crook


jjapplegate080313March 7 - After blitzing the field to take gold and set a new Paralympic record in the process at London 2012, swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate has broken her own British record- her second record-breaking swim in successive weeks- at the British Gas International Meet in Leeds.