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December 13 - Pioneering French rugby coach and administrator Jean-Claude Baque has been presented with the Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service in recognition of his "immense" contribution to the game.
December 12 - England followed up their triumph in Dubai with another impressive display as they finished runners-up to New Zealand in the Emirates Airlines South Africa Sevens, part of the HSBC Sevens World Series, at Outeniqua Park.
December 4 - New Zealand rugby captain Richie McCaw (pictured) has cemented his position as one of the greats of the game after being named International Rugby Board (IRB) Player of the Year for the third time.
November 9 - A referee whose contribution to rugby has been described as "nothing short of exceptional" has been presented with the International Rugby Board (IRB) Referee Award for Distinguished Service 2010 in association with Emirates Airline.
At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Iranian judoka Arash Miresmaeili was disqualified for weighing in at nearly four pounds above the limit for his weight class of his under-66 kilograms match against an Israeli opponent Ehud Vaks in the first round. It was claimed Miresmaeili had gone on an eating binge to protest the International Olympic Committee's recognition of the state of Israel. Iran does not recognise the state of Israel, and Miresmaeili's actions won praise from high-ranking Iranian officials. Mohammad Khatami, the country's President at the time, was quoted as saying Miresmaili's actions would be "recorded in the history of Iranian glories". He was later awarded $125,000 by the Government - the same amount given to Olympic gold medallists.
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As Lima 2019 draws to a close, David Owen tells the story of Peru’s original sporting heroes, who returned unbeaten from Hitler’s Berlin without the 1936 Olympic medals their ability probably warranted