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August 11 - The British Paralympic Association has defended the Royal Mail from criticism for not creating individual stamps for each British Paralympic gold medallist as it has been doing with the Olympics.
July 15 - The remaining six Olympic countdown pins have been announced. The pins for 10, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 day to go will each be released on the actual day, so you will not be able to buy them in advance.
Two sets of pins and a single were released yesterday (Friday).
The first is a set of sports pins that show shots from different sports. These pins were on show at the recent pin meet and are now available to collectors. The numbers are 1693 - 1670 and they are limited to 10,000 pieces each
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.
Birmingham 2022 are looking for an experienced Overlay Manager to undertake the design and management of Games Overlay (temporary facilities and installations). The successful candidate will manage and undertake projects within the Venue Development Programme. In July 2022, Birmingham will host the XXII Commonwealth Games, the largest multi-sport event to be held in England in 10 years. Approximately 6,500 athletes and team officials from 71 nations and territories across the Commonwealth will come together in a 12-day celebration of sport and culture. Events will take place across Birmingham and the West Midlands, entertaining more than one million ticketed spectators and reaching a global broadcast audience of more than one billion.
Michelle Ford had to overcome dopers, her own Government, "traitor" slurs and a build-up that was far from ideal to win a famous Olympic gold for Australia - all at the age of 17. Brian Oliver reports.