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January 12 - Stephan Shay (pictured), whose brother Ryan died of a heart attack aged 28 while competing in the 2007 United States Olympic marathon trials in New York, will make his debut over 26.2 miles in this year's Virgin London race.
January 11 - Usain Bolt (pictured) has made his first commitment of the 2011 season today by announcing he will run over 200 metres at the ExxonMobil Bislett Games on June 9 in Oslo - one of 14 Samsung Diamond League meetings this year.
By Duncan Mackay British Sports Internet Writer of the Year
January 10 - Turkey's athletes are set for their best ever performance at the London 2012 Olympics following their success at last year's European Championships, which included Elvan Abeylegesse's victory in the 10,000 metres, it has been predicted.
January 5 - A quest to discover athletes capable of reaching world-class level in the throwing disciplines of discus, hammer, shot and javelin in time for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has got under way at Loughborough University.
January 1 - Yvette Corlett, the first New Zealand woman to win an Olympic gold medal, has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to athletics in the New Year's Honours List, it has been announced.
December 19 - Jama Aden (pictured), the distinguished running coach who chose Qatar over Britain last year, who guides the career of Sudan's double world indoor 800 metres champion Abukaker Kaki and is now working with the Qatar team, has won the award as this year's best coach in the Arab sporting world.
December 18 - A Mondo surface of the same kind that will be used at the London 2012 Games has been officially inaugurated at the Daegu stadium, venue for next year's International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, which run from August 27 until September 4.
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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International Skating Union President Jan Dijkema has had to deal with emergence of rival, independent, commercial competitions which has seen the whole European sports model challenged but, as the Dutchman told Mike Rowbottom, he is confident that his sport has a bright future