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By Mike Rowbottom in BakuThe European Games, the inaugural hosting of which is due to take place here between June 12 and 28 next year, could find future hosts from cities which have been unsuccessful in bidding for the Olympics, according to Pierce O'Callaghan, the Baku 2015 director of sport.
Mike Rowbottom at the Mountain Bike Velopark in BakuThe first dedicated Test event for the 2015 European Games - the men's and women's mountain bike cross country - took place in high winds here today but proved "a huge success" according to Pierce O'Callaghan, Baku 2015's director of sport.
By Mike Rowbottom at the Mountain Bike Velopark in BakuNext year's inaugural European Games, originally scheduled to host 12 sports, has now closed its programme with 20 sports involved - and Simon Clegg, chief operating officer of the evented, claimed here today that 14 other sports had failed to gain entry.
By Mike Rowbottom in BakuThe committment of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev and the First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva to next year's inaugural European Games here has been underlined by their visit to the Olympic Stadium, which is under construction as the impending event's centrepiece.
By Mike RowbottomJustin Gatlin, whose nomination as one of the 10 male contenders for this year's World Athlete of the Year award has aroused strong criticism given his doping record, has not made it through to the final shortlist.
By Mike RowbottomJustin Gatlin's agent Renaldo Nehemiah has announced the twice-banned former Olympic 100 metres champion has closed his Instagram and Twitter accounts because of an "anonymous hacker" who had posted an abusive reply to a Norwegian runner who had criticised the United States sprinter on his Instagram account.
By Mike Rowbottom at the Palace Hotel in TokyoThe Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) has announced a new partnership agreement with its Swedish counterparts during the lead-up to Tokyo 2020.
By Mike RowbottomTravis Tygart, the man who headed the investigation which led to Lance Armstrong's demise on drugs charges, believes sprinter Justin Gatlin, back in athletics after serving two doping bans, deserves a chance at "redemption".
Mike Rowbottom at the Palace Hotel in TokyoTokyo marked the 50th anniversary of its hosting of the 1964 Olympics today with a series of celebrations involving athletes who competed at those Games - and also offered a glimpse of the future as organisers of Tokyo 2020 presented their Vision Outline.
By Mike Rowbottom at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports in TokyoJapan's Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hakubun Shimomura today called upon the first student intake of the Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS), an integral part of the Sport For Tomorrow project pledged as part of the commitment to hosting Tokyo 2020, to turn into the first wave of world ambassadors for the programme.
By Mike Rowbottom at the University of Tsukuba, Tokyo CampusThe Olympic Movement is out of date in terms of its attitude to selling tickets for the Games and needs to move into the digital age sooner rather than later, according to Paul Williamson, director of ticketing for London 2012, who is now fulfilling the same function for next year's Rugby World Cup.
By Mike Rowbottom in TokyoArup, the international design engineering consultancy, will provide advice for Tokyo's Metropolitan Government and Organising Committee of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to develop venues and infrastructure, it has been announced.
By Mike RowbottomLouis Vega, the Dow Chemical Company's chief of staff, global director and chief executive, has widened his responsibilities to include the role of vice-president of Olympic Operations, the role which George Hamilton has filled for the last four years.
By Mike Rowbottom in TokyoAustralia's swimming legend Dawn Fraser is returning to Japan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics where she made history by winning a third consecutive gold in the women's 100 metres freestyle - and also received a disciplinary ban putting a premature end to her career.
By Mike Rowbottom in TokyoSorting out transport issues can significantly improve the media perception of how an Olympic Games is being run, Professor Philippe Bovy, of the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Committee, claimed here today.