Olympic newspaper deal ended

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News International's media partnership deal with British athletes preparing for next summer's London Olympics has ended as a result of the News of the World's demise.

The group had entered into a contract with Team 2012 which gave it exclusive access to competitors ahead of the Games, but the closure of the paper at the centre of phone-hacking allegations means that cannot be fulfilled.

As a result, the deal is under review with a range of alternatives under consideration.

A statement from Team 2012 said: "The Team 2012 joint venture, including Visa as its presenting partner, has had a contract with the News International Group as its official media partner.

"As a result of the closure of News of the World, the contract can no longer be fulfilled as originally envisaged.

"All parties in the joint venture remain totally committed to Team 2012 and are working to make sure that we continue to give the 1,200-plus athletes from Team 2012 Visa the best chance of achieving success by competing for Team GB and Paralympics GB at London 2012.

"To help drive national support for Team 2012, we are now exploring media partnerships across a range of channels."

Under the agreement, the Sun, The Times and the Sunday Times would have been able to use the title "Official Newspaper of Team 2012".