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Mission accomplished for Putin as host nation finishes top of medals list

The singer, who herself is openly bisexual, praised the 19-year-old sportsman before launching into a tirade about the upcoming Winter Olympics

Lady Gaga urges Tom Daley to boycott anti-gay countries ahead of Russia Winter Olympics

The singer, who herself is openly bisexual, praised the 19-year-old sportsman before launching into a tirade about the upcoming Winter Olympics

Clare Balding receives the special award for outstanding achievement in factual presenting, at the Bafta awards earlier this year (Ian West/PA)

Clare Balding’s grandma called her sexuality ‘disgusting’

BBC sports presenter reveals she stopped speaking to her grandmother for six months after it became public that she was gay

Lindsey Vonn was airlifted to hospital following her original injury

American skier Lindsey Vonn re-injures knee in training crash

The Olympic gold medallist is romantically involved with Tiger Woods

The GBR1 bobsleigh crew of John Jackson, Bruce Tasker, Stu Benson and Craig Pickering take a bend during a training run at La Plagne, France

Winter Olympics: Bobsleigh is no sideshow for Craig Pickering

Former Olympic sprinter Craig Pickering has turned his back on track athletics to go for British gold at the Sochi Winter Games next February. He explains all to Phil Medlicott

Olympic winner Amy Williams is making her rallying debut

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The World Cup will be held in Middle East for the first time ever. The Doha Port stadium is pictured in this artists impression

2022 World Cup: Qatar tournament 'will not be played in January and February', says Fifa president Sepp Blatter

A summer tournament would seem impossible due to the high temperatures

Vladimir Putin with the Olympic torch at a ceremony in Moscow yesterday

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Corruption and censorship cast shadow over Russia's Games

Special report: Allegations of fraudulent contracts worth billions threaten to derail Putin’s showpiece

A view of the World Cup trophy

Sepp Blatter washes hands of workers’ plight at 2022 Qatar World Cup

President’s response dismissed as ‘totally inadequate’ after he says Fifa cannot ‘change things’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Fifa will not take decision on switching Qatar tournament to winter until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Uncertainty over the 2022 tournament set to continue as task force is set up

Katharina Keil of Austria competes in the FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix Womens Normal Hill Individual Final

Munich bid for winter Olympic Games would make it first city to host both games

Munich, which hosted the 1972 summer Olympics, will bid to stage the winter Games half a century later in 2022, German Olympic authorities said yesterday.

Shelley Rudman became skeleton world champion this year

Shelley Rudman piles on pounds in search of skeleton gold

Shelley Rudman has weighty expectations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year as she bids to improve on the shock skeleton silver medal she claimed at the Turin Games in 2006.

The Al-Gharafa stadium is pictured in this artists impression

Winter World Cup in Qatar moves giant stride closer as Uefa backs plan for 2022 switch

Turmoil ahead after European confederation rules out summer tournament in Qatar due to heat problems

Sue Barker is overseeing a post-watershed series of Question of Sport

Sue Barker steps down as host of BBC's Sports Personality Of The Year after 19 years

Sue Barker has stepped down as host of the BBC's Sports Personality Of The Year ceremony after 19 years.

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

BBC Sports presenter Gabby Logan

Russia’s anti-gay laws unsettled me, says Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan has spoken of her personal discomfort at presenting this month’s World Athletics Championships in Russia amid the furore over the country’s homophobic laws.

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