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July 30, 2012: Damien Hooper of Australia caused controversy today when he dressed in a T-shirt bearing the Aboriginal colours. The IOC announced he would not be punished.

Boxing: Australian Damien Hooper escapes punishment after wearing tee-shirt displaying Aboriginal flag

Australian boxer Damien Hooper has escaped censure from the International Olympic Committee after wearing a tee-shirt emblazoned with the Aboriginal flag into the ring for his opening bout in the light-heavyweight division today.

Staff will look for suspicious items in competitors’ rooms

London 2012: Cleaners and security staff recruited to catch Olympic athletes using performance enhancing drugs

Organisers have told staff inside the athletes’ village to report potentially suspicious items that might suggest drug use as part of a new intelligence led approach to testing.

Freya Murray to replace injured Paula Radcliffe

Freya Murray was today given the go-ahead to take the marathon place given up by injured Paula Radcliffe.

Spectators watch the hockey match between Great Britain and Japan

London 2012: More than 2m fans visit London for Games

Over 2 million visitors have arrived in London to support the Games, making it the biggest crowd event in the city's history.

London 2012: Olympic house parties attract thousands

Olympic houses across the capital have thrown parties to celebrate the Games, bringing thousands of people through their doors.

Facial injury could rule Kate Walsh out for remainder of Team GB's hockey campaign

Great Britain coach Danny Kerry is waiting to discover if captain Kate Walsh will play any further part in the Olympics, after she suffered a serious facial injury in the 4-0 opening win over Japan.

Artistic gymnastics: Uzbek barred after failed test

Artistic gymnast Luiza Galiulina has been suspended from the Olympic Games after failing a drugs test.

Shooter Bahia Al Hamad becomes first Qatari woman to compete in an Olympic Games

Shooter Bahia Al Hamad became the first Qatari woman to compete in an Olympics when she began her qualifying round in the 10 metre air rifle event at the London Games this morning.

Fireworks marking the end of the ceremony at the Olympic Park

London Olympics 2012: The greatest show on Earth (and it's only just begun)

We cannot know yet what these Olympics will bring us, not in the full sweep of the greatest sports spectacle on earth, but last night you could feel the weight of all the possibilities

The growing tribe of hobbyists and hawkers at London 2012

Jawad Khan and Coca Cola Inc have little in common. The latter is a global corporation which last year had revenues of £29bn, while Mr Khan is an east London market stall holder with a nice line in polyester tracksuits. But what unites them is their fervent desire to benefit from being associated with the Olympic Games.

London 2012: Olympic torch relay ends on the Thames

The Olympic flame has completed its journey on the Gloriana on the final leg of its 70-day, 8,000-mile journey around the United Kingdom ahead of tonight's opening ceremony.

Mitt Romney is coming to London to raise funds for the election in November

Jeremy Hunt dismisses Mitt Romney's Olympic Games concerns

US presidential candidate Mitt Romney should watch tonight's Olympic opening ceremony to see Britain is ready to host the Games, the Culture Secretary said today.

David Cameron rejects minute's silence bid for Munich Games victims

David Cameron has refused to back calls for a minute's silence during the Olympics' opening ceremony to commemorate 11 athletes murdered in a terror attack at the Munich Games 40 years ago.

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Spectators fail to #savethesurprise as opening ceremony rehearsal videos are removed from YouTube

Rehearsal footage of the Olympic opening ceremony was removed from YouTube today as organisers stepped up efforts to keep details of tomorrow's eagerly awaited curtain-raiser under wraps.

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