September 15 - The 70,000 Games Maker volunteers, so widely praised for helping to make the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games a huge success, are set to be honoured with a special limited edition stamp, the Royal Mail have announced.
August 15 - The Royal Mail have caved into public pressure following a campaign headed by former Olympics Minister Dame Tessa Jowell and will produce stamps to celebrate each individual or team gold medal won by Britain during the Paralympics at London 2012, they have announced today.
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.
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.
Reporting to the Director Communications, the Senior Manager, Media Relations & Communications will ensure a true 360° approach to strategic communications, using global media and wider platform opportunities to raise awareness of the FEI and equestrian sport, reinforcing the Federation’s reputation with key stakeholders, and securing strong profile to support the FEI’s commercial drive with new sponsors.
Alisher Usmanov, the Uzbek-born President of the International Fencing Federation, has positioned himself as one of the most influential figures in all of sport. With the World Championships beginning in China this week, Mike Rowbottom profiles the powerful billionaire.