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Sepp Blatter will have to stand down as football’s representative on the IOC when he reaches 80 in 2016

The Fifa president will be forced to step down when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 80 after the Rio Olympics in 2016

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Jade Etherington and guide Caroline Powell celebrates winning bronze in the Women's Super-G - Visually Impaired

Etherington won three silvers and a bronze at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics but the skier with five per cent vision in both eyes has announced her retirement

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Vanessa-Mae finished last in the giant slalom at the Sochi Games after her qualifying results were manipulated to get her into the Thai team

The virtuoso violinist has been banned by the International Ski Federation for race-rigging

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This year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi were estimated to cost over $50bn

The IOC issued a statement calling the decision 'a missed opportunity' but many in Norway do not feel the same way

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Krakow, Lviv and Stockholm had already pulled out the running

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Guanabara Bay is seen in a section littered with debris on June 19, 2012

The regatta will be starting on Saturday but there are still concerns over the water quality

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Four ski officials in Slovenia have been suspended following allegations of results rigging

The Slovenian Ski Association says that the musician's pre-Olympics results were "fixed" at the behest of Thai ski officials

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Amy Van Dyken smiles for all to see after the Women's 50 meter Freestyle Finals during the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials at the Indianapolis University Natatorium in Indianapolis

Her family and that of husband Tom Rouen issued a letter that says she awoke from surgery 'acting like her typical spunky, boisterous, ebullient self'

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The city has failed to meet promises on cleaning Guanabara Bay, despite sailors' reports of animal and human carcasses floating in the water

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Boats float along the shoreline of the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay

Five years after Brazil won its Olympic bid, athletes have condemned the site of the Olympic sailing and windsurfing events as a 'dump'

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Incomparable: Mo Farah winning the men's 5,000m final at the London 2012 Olympics

Olympic officials have reportedly secretly asked if London would be in a position to take over games after progress in Rio was branded ‘critical’

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John Coates has blasted preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as 'the worst I have ever seen'

The International Olympic Committee have stepped in to try and speed up preparations in Brazil

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John Coates has blasted preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as 'the worst I have ever seen'

John Coates slams Rio's preparations for the Summer Games and reveals the International Olympic Committee have already been forced into unprecedented action

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Michael Phelps will return to competitive swimming next week

Phelps will come out of retirement to swim the Arena Grand Prix in Arizona next week having not competed since the London 2012 Olympic Games

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Great Britain Athletes, back row (L-R) Dom Harrington, Ben Kilner, Billy Morgan, back row (L-R) Rebekah Wilson and Paula Walker pose for a photograph in the Olympic Rings in the Athletes Village in Sochi

The bid team is to meet with the IOC

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Ian Thorpe had Rio 2016 in his sights

Five-time Olympic champion ‘will not swim again’

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The new adventure play area, just outside the main stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, should prove popular, but the main attractions will be sports events, concerts and festivals

After a rapid £300m facelift, the London 2012 site reopens. Ashling O’Connor took a tour of the facilities

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Olympic gold medallist Anna Watkins at Cambridge University Boat Club on the river Ouse at Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Olympic hero teaches Ashling O'Connor some tricks of the trade and reveals she'll miss Rio while she focuses on family life and explores her many other interests

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Chemmy Alcott in action in the women's super-g, where she finished 23rd

31-year-old has represented Great Britain in four Winter Olympics with her latest appearance coming at at the Sochi Games last month

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Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell in action in Sochi

Another historic day for Team GB in Russia

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Great Britain’s Jade Etherington and guide Caroline Powell on their way to slalom silver

 

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Gregor Ewan of Great Britain competes in the Round Robin Session 7 during day four of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Ice Cube Curling Center

Skip Aileen Neilson was replaced in the fourth end when her rink were already 8-1 down

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Fast and fearless: Kelly Gallagher on her way to winning gold

Simon Usborne speaks to Kelly Gallagher, the first Briton to win a Winter Paralympics gold, and charts the remarkable story of the visually-impaired skier

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Kelly Gallagher (L) and Charlotte Evans (R) on their way to gold in the Winter Paralympics super-G

Visually-impaired skier Gallagher and guide Evans bounced back from downhill disappointment to win gold in the super-G

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Performers simulate the Russian flag moving in the wind during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games

Susie Mesure introduces the madcap world of Winter Paralympics

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Players call for medical help after Hughes collapses
CRICKETAustralian opener batsman critical after being struck by bouncer
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Players frantically call for help as Phil Hughes lies stricken at the Sydney Cricket Ground
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Phil Hughes was given oxygen and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the pitch by a team doctor
Prolific opener had world at his feet until Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff bounced him
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Brad Barritt will play at outside centre against Australia
rugby unionEngland vs Australia: And he may have third partner in as many games, with Twelvetrees making strong case to play alongside
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Warren Gatland looks on as Wales succumb to defeat last Saturday
Wales vs South Africa: Further failure against the big three has led to calls for change but Edwards makes spirited defence of under-fire head coach
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Sir Ben Ainslie (left) and Sir Keith Mills, whose company will manage the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth, announce the return of America’s Cup racing to British waters
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Bernie Ecclestone is known for being outspoken
Formula 1 Country hopes to boost sporting legacy ahead of the 2022 World Cup
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Abu Dhabi GP: Mercedes driver toasts his world title with fruit drink and an early night
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Constructors' champions ready to offer Hamilton a deal until 2016 with the option of an extra year
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