US to top medals table at Rio 2016 ahead of China and Russia, projection claims

By Nick Butler

A new projection has been released predicting a possible Olympic medals table at Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesUnited States will finish ahead of China once again on the Rio 2016 Olympic medals table, with Russia in third followed by France, Germany and Great Britain, according to a projection by Italian expert Luciano Barra.

Kosovo unable to compete in canoeing and kayaking at Rio 2016, says ICF secretary general

By Daniel Etchells

Kosovo will have to wait until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to have the opportunity to compete in canoeing and kayaking ©Getty ImagesKosovo will not be able to become a member of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) in time to compete in canoeing and kayaking at Rio 2016, it has been revealed. 

Indian Olympic Association President to hold crisis talks over suspension of boxer

By Gary Anderson

IOA President N. Ramachandran has been asked to try and resolve the row over suspended boxer Sarita Devi ©Getty ImagesIndian Olympic Association (IOA) President N. Ramachandran is set to discuss the suspension of boxer Sarita Devi with officials from the country's Sports Ministry next week.

Former 800m world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi killed in car crash

By Daniel Etchells

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi's glittering career included 800m success at the 2009 IAAF World Championships ©Getty ImagesFormer 800 metres world champion and Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has tragically died in a car accident at the age of 34.

PGA of America President sacked after calling Ian Poulter a "little girl"

By Daniel Etchells

Ted Bishop was responding to comments made in Ian Poulter's new autobiography ©Getty ImagesProfessional Golfers' Association (PGA) of America President Ted Bishop has been removed from his role after making "insensitive gender-based statements" about English golfer Ian Poulter through social media.

Olympic wresting gold medallist puts memorabilia up for sale in bankruptcy auction

By Paul Osborne

Rulon Gardner will have a number of possessions put up in a bankruptcy auction in Salt Lake City ©Erkelens & Olson Sales and AuctionOlympic wrestling champion Rulon Gardner is auctioning off items from his wrestling career in order to pay off his multi-million dollar debt.

Logo and mascot for 2016 Asian Beach Games approved by OCA

By Nick Butler

The Asian Beach Games are taking place in the major Vietnamese tourist hub of Nha Trang ©Getty ImagesA logo and mascot has been selected for the 2016 Asian Beach Games taking place in the Vietnamese city of Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province.

Japan claims fifth gold at Judo Junior World Championships

By Gary Anderson

Miho Minei (white) came out on top of her battle with compatriot Nami Nabekura as Japan won a fifth gold at the IFJ Junior World Championships ©IJFMiho Minei won women's under 63 kilogram gold in Fort Lauderdale to ensure Japan has won at least one gold medal each day so far at the International Judo Federation (IJF) Junior World Championships.

IOC praised by Human Rights Watch for "gold medal" winning Host City Contract changes

By Nick Butler in Lausanne

Human Rights Watch have praised the IOC for Host City Contract changes ©HRWHuman Rights Watch has claimed other organisations should follow the lead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in ensuring non-discrimination and ethical standards in Host City contracts.
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