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Olympic committees in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and the UK have received messages threatening their delegations, although officials dismissed them as unfounded

Keri-Anne Payne becomes first British athlete to qualify for 2012 Olympic Games

Keri-Anne Payne today became the first athlete to qualify for the Great Britain team for the 2012 Olympics when she won the gold medal in the 10 kilometre open water race at the FINA World Championships at Jinshan City Beach.

Woodward committed to Olympic role '100 per cent'

Sir Clive Woodward yesterday reiterated that he would stay in his role with the British Olympic Association for the next year, rather than leaving to take a job with the Rugby Football Union ahead of this autumn's World Cup.

Thomas quits to plunge RFU into further turmoil

Damaged chairman steps down after humiliating review of last month's sacking of John Steele

Scotland international Fleeting turns back on Olympics

Arsenal striker Julie Fleeting insists playing for Scotland means much more to her than representing Great Britain at the Olympics and she will be watching - and not participating - when London 2012 comes around.

Worthington happy for players to join Team GB

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington would be happy for any of his players to participate in the London 2012 Olympics and does not believe their international careers should suffer in any way if they do.

Team GB row 'down to lack of trust in Fifa'

Craig Brown believes opposition to a Great Britain football team is down to a simple lack of trust in Fifa.

Home nations angry at talk of Team GB Olympic 'deal'

Team GB's hopes of fielding an all-United Kingdom team at the London 2012 Olympics were dealt a blow yesterday when, amid scenes that bordered on the farcical, the British Olympic Association (BOA) announced that players from all the home nations would be available for selection thanks to a "historic" deal made with the Football Association.

Scotland and Wales FAs 'furious' over GB Olympic 'agreement'

Footballers from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England will be available for selection for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games after an "historic agreement" was announced by the British Olympic Association today.

Inside Lines: In the blue corner is Leslie, the MP who packs a punch

Those of us ancient enough to remember Dr Edith Summerskill will recall her as a feisty feminist MP who packed a punch – one that was aimed at delivering a KO for boxing, a sport she detested. In the Fifties and Sixties she waged a vigorous but unsuccessful campaign for it to be banned on medical grounds.

Water polo: Underwater rugby ticks all the boxes

Winstanley-Smith leads the line as Team GB returns to water polo after more than half a century, writes Alan Hubbard

Pearce to get two-year deal – even if the kids crash out

The Football Association is set to announce a two-year extension to Stuart Pearce's contract immediately after the European Under-21 Championship even if the England team are eliminated at the group stage on Sunday in Denmark.

London 2012: Woodward role is bad news for RFU

Sir Clive Woodward is to be the British team's chef de mission at the first winter Youth Olympics in January in Innsbruck.

Nigel Melville eyes RFU chief executive role

Nigel Melville has revealed he will apply to be the next chief executive of the Rugby Football Union.

RFU keen for Woodward to return, but on a full-time basis

Martyn Thomas, the Rugby Football Union management board chairman whose role in the trouserless farce currently being played out at Twickenham is likely to come under serious scrutiny over the next few weeks, yesterday ruled out any prospect of Sir Clive Woodward returning to the fold on a part-time basis, splitting his hours between oval-ball affairs and the broad spectrum of sports he oversees in his current role with the British Olympic Association.

Steele downfall leaves the RFU without a shred of credibility

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