Voices

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

Switching the World Cup in Qatar threatens to clash with the 2022 winter Olympics

Fifa warned winter World Cup in Qatar must not clash with Olympics

Winter Olympics is scheduled to take place early in 2022

Postcard from...Rome

London 2012’s Olympic Cauldron

Five issues that will define the Thomas Bach era as the IOC president

The German was today elected the replacement to Jacques Rogge

Thomas Bach elected new IOC president - succeeding Jacques Rogge

The German had been expected to win today's election

President of the IOC Jacques Rogge receives the Olympic Order from newly announced ninth IOC President Thomas Bach

Thomas Bach elected: Despite accusations of cheating - the rise of the new IOC president has been meticulous

The German former fencer replaces Jacques Rogge at the helm of the Olympic Committee

Thomas Bach is the man to beat in Tuesday's election

Golden fencer Thomas Bach has the edge in Oympic president race

Thomas Bach has been fencing since he was a five-year-old growing up in Bavaria. It appears to have equipped him perfectly for the cut and thrust of sporting politics that leaves the 59-year-old as the man to beat in Tuesday’s election to succeed Jacques Rogge as president of the International Olympic Committee.

Jacque Rogge

Departing president Jacques Rogge set the tone for Olympic Movement’s quiet revolution against doping and for equality

Reserved Belgian bows out as president on Tuesday night and should be proud of his fight against doping and for equality at the Olympics

A flame on the Olympic cauldron, which was used at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, is relit in celebration

Japan’s clean hands on doping key in winning the 2020 Games for Tokyo

Istanbul and Madrid swept aside as IOC members choose the safe option

Japanese people form the words ‘Thank You’ in a Tokyo square as part of celebrations

Japan celebrates 2020 Olympics bid win – but is it safe and ready?

Tokyo celebrates victory after PM reassures IOC that radiation from nuclear plants is no longer a threat

International Olympic Committee had dropped the sport in February but will return in 2020 after undergoing a major reform

Olympics: Wrestling fends off squash and baseball to earn 2020 return less than a year after being dropped

International Olympic Committee had dropped the sport in February but will return in 2020 after undergoing a major reform

Japanese government will spend $470 million (£301 million) on a subterranean ice wall in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water

Nuclear crisis: Japan announces £301m 'ice wall' in desperate attempt to stop Fukushima leaks

Decision seen as an attempt to show that the accident won't be a safety concern as IOC chooses host of 2020 Olympics

On your marks, get set, don’t go: delays jeopardise 2016 Rio games

A confidential report by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) obtained by the newspaper O Estado de S Paulo reveals alarming delays have already put the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at risk.

The News Matrix: Saturday 24 August 2013

Helicopter crashes with 18 on board

The US skater Johnny Weir will be as flamboyant in Sochi as he was in Vancouver

Inside Lines: For Sochi the future is gay, whether Vladimir Putin likes it or not

One certainty is there will be no boycott neither will the games be shifted

Rupert Everett has joined the campaign calling for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics

Rupert Everett backs Sochi Winter Olympics boycott over anti-gay laws

Rupert Everett has joined the campaign calling for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics in response to Russia’s anti-gay laws, describing the country’s attitude to homosexuality as “very cruel”.

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