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South Korea's head badminton coach Sung Han-kook faces a dressing down on his return from the Olympics after four of his players were sent home in disgrace for throwing matches, local media reported today.

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British Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan says that the problem of empty seats "has to be sorted".

RS-X class launches bid for judicial review of decision to throw windsurfing out of the Olympic Games

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Further sanctions may be placed on the Chinese, Indonesian and South Korean badminton teams after the International Olympic Committee confirmed this morning that it had requested a probe of the teams’ coaches and support staff.

Jessica Ennis will be taking part in the Olympic heptathlon tomorrow

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Philips Idowu with his coach Aston Moore

Team GB's Phillips Idowu cuts himself off from coach Aston Moore

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Thousands left without Olympic entry as police smash agency selling black market tickets

Thousands of people across the world including in Britain may have been left without entry to the Olympics after police smashed an unauthorized agency sourcing black market tickets.

China's Sun Yang sporting a set of Dr Dre Beats headphones

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Empty seat saga continues as IOC refuses to take responsibility for ticket sales

The International Olympic Committee today rejected British Olympic Association notion for them to take responsibility for selling tickets at Olympic games in the future.

Somalian athletes Zamzam Mohamed Farah and Mohamed Mohamed. Mohamed Mohamed said, “As an athlete it can get difficult, but I am ready to fast and train and to get through this difficult month.”

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More than 3,000 Muslim sporting stars are expected to fast from sunrise until sunset.

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BOA calls on IOC to completely rethink ticketing policy for future Olympics

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