Norwegian Olympic chief to step down after receiving "personal threats" over Oslo 2022

By Nick Butler

Børre Rognlien has announced that he will not stand again as President of the NOC ©TwitterNorwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) President Børre Rognlien will not stand for re-election when his term ends next year, claiming threats he received during Oslo's failed bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics was a major reason for this decision. 

Proposed Sierra Leone NOC headquarters site set to become Ebola hospital

By Emily Goddard

Land earmarked for a new Sierra Leone National Olympic Committee headquarters looks set to become an Ebola hospital ©Sierra Leone NOCA piece of land earmarked for a new Sierra Leone National Olympic Committee headquarters looks set to become an emergency hospital for Ebola patients.

China reveals multi-billion dollar investment plan for sport

By Emily Goddard

China wants to grow its sports industry to CNY5 trillion by 2025 ©Getty ImagesChina today revealed plans to create a CNY5 trillion (£503 billion/$813 billion/€636 billion) sports industry by 2025.

Kazakhstan to only have to cover a third of costs if Almaty 2022 bid successful, claims Government

By Daniel Etchells

Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, holds the Olympic Torch in Almaty ahead of the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, fellow bidders for the 2022 Winter Games ©Getty ImagesKazakhstan's Ministry of Culture and Sports has claimed the country would only have to cover a third of all expected expenses should Almaty be chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Navratilova hits out at ITF over "deafening silence" on Tarpischev Williams insult

By Gary Anderson

Martina Navratilova has criticised the ITF for its silence over deragtory remarks about the Williams sister made by Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev ©Getty ImagesMartina Navratilova has accused the International Tennis Federation of "deafening silence" over the row that has erupted following alleged sexist and insulting remarks made by Russia's International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Shamil Tarpischev about the Williams sisters.

Champagne calls for stronger National Associations within FIFA in latest Presidential candidacy letter

By Paul Osborne

Jérôme Champagne has outlined a number of his key plans as he pushes ahead with his FIFA Presidency campaign ©Getty ImagesJérôme Champagne has called for a strengthening of National Associations as he detailed his "programme for the twenty-first century FIFA" and reform of the the world governing body's Executive Committee.

China's Chen claims third gold medal and world record at Asian Para Games

By Gary Anderson

Chen Junfei of China won her third Asian Para Games gold in Incheon today breaking her own world record ©Getty ImagesChina's Chen Junfei bagged her second and third gold medals of the Asian Para Games and broke her own world record in the process on the second day of action at the Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon.

Asian Beach Games an opportunity to boost tourism in Phuket, claims Thai Sports Minister

By Nick Butler

Thailand Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangku has praised preparations for the Asian Beach Games ©TwitterThailand's Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul has praised preparations for next month's Asian Beach Games in Phuket, claiming the event is a major opportunity for the regional tourism industry.

IOC members Morariu and Baumann on Olympic sevens panel for IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition

By Gary Anderson

Romanian IOC member Octavian Morariu will speak on rugby sevens Olympic Games debut at the IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition ©AFP/Getty ImagesInternational Olympic Committee members Octavian Morariu and Patrick Baumann have been confirmed on the Olympic sevens discussion panel which will meet at the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Rugby Conference and Exhibition next month.
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