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When Maria Miller travels to Sochi next week, she must seize the opportunity to raise the issue of LGBT rights with Russian officials

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter 'powerless' to take action over Joao Havelange bribes

Sepp Blatter today claimed he does not have the power to strip Joao Havelange of FIFA's honorary presidency and defended the world governing body's lack of action over the ISL bribery scandal.

London Assembly says Olympic organisers should consider ethical, environmental and human rights records of sponsors

Olympic organisers should consider the ethical, environmental and human rights records of multinational companies before awarding them lucrative sponsorship deals, according to London’s elected politicians.

Israeli President Shimon Peres cancels London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony visit over Sabbath travel issue

Israel’s President Shimon Peres has cancelled his planned visit to the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony after the organisers refused his request to sleep in the Olympic Village to avoid travelling by car on the Jewish Sabbath. 

IOC president Jacques Rogge: 'London has raised the bar on how to deliver a lasting legacy'

Olympic chief publicly backs Games sponsors Coca-Cola and McDonald's

The International Olympic Committee issued public backing of its Games sponsors Coca-Cola and McDonald's today, a day after President Jacques Rogge was quoted as saying there was a "question mark" over their sponsorship due to obesity concerns.

Marketing ban lifted for Games firms

A ban on more than 75,000 companies publicising their work on the Olympic Games is to be lifted after it was highlighted by The Independent on Sunday.

Simon O'Hagan: It's not just the medals that make a good Games

There was a time when the only targets at an Olympic Games were those in the archery and shooting competitions. Now, however, we have medal targets – and yesterday the Sports Minister, Hugh Robertson, announced Great Britain's wish-list for the London Games, which start three weeks tomorrow.

Caught with his pants down: Denmark's Niklas Bendtner was fined £80,000 and
banned for one game after this blatant stunt at the Euro 2012 finals

The Last Word: The hidden price of having a bet

How a grandmother's murder highlights the dangers of being lured into sports gambling

Mowaffak Joumaa: The General indicated his intention to attend the Games months ago

Syria's Olympic chief barred from entering UK

General who heads National Olympic Committee is refused visa to attend Games

Syria Olympics chief General Mowaffak Joumaa 'refused visa'

The head of the Syrian Olympic Committee has been refused a visa to travel to London for the Games, according to reports.

Police list 1000 people and 30 websites they suspect of selling black market Olympics tickets

Police investigating the Olympics ticketing scandal have drawn up a list of nearly a thousand people and 30 websites across the world they suspect are involved in the multi-million pound black market trade ahead of this summer’s Games.

Lord Coe 'depressed' over allegations that Olympic tickets are being sold on the black market

Lord Coe said he is "depressed" about allegations of Olympic tickets being sold on the black market.

Tom Peck: Dilemma for Locog exposes ticketing system in need of an overhaul

If any criminal deals of the type set up in artifice by The Sunday Times have actually happened, whoever bought the tickets need not fear their being confiscated.

'Black market' Olympic ticket claims investigated

An investigation is under way into allegations that Olympic officials and agents were caught offering thousands of top tickets to the London Games on the black market.

Aaron Cook says he feels 'let down, extremely frustrated, angry'

'Cheated' Cook moves closer to court challenge over selection

'Until it's dead we are not going to give up,' insists manager of taekwondo world No 1

'If Istanbul is given the Olympic Games, the Turks will not have the Euros,' says Uefa's Michel Platini

Celtic nations in pole to host Euro 2020 if Turkey wins Olympic Games reveals Uefa president Michel Platini

The prospect of the United Kingdom hosting only its third major football tournament has improved after Istanbul was shortlisted to host the 2020 Olympics.

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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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