Olympics in Rome? Ciao

Rome's newly elected mayor Virginia Raggi is due to give a media conference on Thursday morning (NZT) about the Olympic bid.

Rome's new mayor has withdrawn city's support for a bid to host 2024 Olympics.

NZ rowing dream team?

Olympic rowing champions Eric Murray and Hamish Bond are considering a new challenge.

Murray, Bond and Drysdale eyeing move to men's eight for 2020 Games.

Pascoe's hugs for gran

Paralympian Sophie Pascoe is greeted by her nana after arriving back home in Christchurch on Friday night.

Swimming star Sophie Pascoe is finally back from Rio and with her family. First to get a hug? Her nana.

Malone true to his word video

Liam Malone of New Zealand celebrates after winning the men's 400m T44 final.

Liam Malone's Paralympics dream started as exactly that - he just wanted to run in Rio de Janeiro.

'I had tears in my eyes'

Nikita Howarth with her golden glow after winning the 200m individual medley SM7 final.

Nikita Howarth was born with no hands. But she never let it stop her. Now she's a Paralympic champion.

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Don't waste tears on Sharapova

Many of Maria Sharapova's fans sympathise with her contention that she is not an intentional doper.

OPINION: In denying star a wildcard, tennis boss sent a message that doping shouldn't pay. If only Olympic officials were listening.

The day the Kiwis flew

Peter Snell wins the 800 metres at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

When Snell and Halberg won golds, all Kiwis earned kudos, says a man who was there.

Will Phelps scratch 'itch'?

Michael Phelps, on his way to more Olympic glory at Rio in 2016, has not completely ruled out a return to swimming.

'It might be tough to stay away from the pool,' says Olympic medals record holder Michael Phelps.

Olympic champ fails drugs test

Jemima Sumgong celebrates after winning the 2016 Rio Olympics women's marathon.

Winner of Rio marathon tests positive for blood booster.

Petone skier's medal haul

The team arrived back in New Zealand at Auckland airport on Monday, March 27. Left: Kapiti skier Jason Donovan with ...

There's not a lot of snow in Petone, but that hasn't stopped Rebecca Heath returning from the winter Special Olympics with two medals.

Olympics 'the ultimate goal'

Anton Pagalilawan, centre, and Elian Pagalilawan, right, have recently returned from Okinawa where they trained with the ...

Anton and Elian Pagalilawan's Olympic dreams helped thanks to Karate New Zealand deal with Okinawa

Russians turfed for 2012 doping

The three Russian athletes have been have been retroactively disqualified from the 2012 London Olympics.

Three of Russia's athletes retroactively disqualified from 2012 Olympics after failing doping retests.

Olympic rivals 'at war'

Danni Roche is a gold medal winning Australian hockey player.

Jostling for the position of Australian Olympic Committee president gets intense.

Sadistic boxer admits rape

Leroy Fisher wants to resume his boxing career when he completes his jail sentence for rape.

Australian boxer jailed after finally admitting he subjected a woman to degrading sexual acts for more than nine hours.

Rio, an Olympic ghost town video

These were better days for the Maracana Stadium .... Fireworks are ignited during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 ...

Six months after South America's first games, the floodgates have burst.

Blind runner tackles ultramarathon video

Mary Fisher is also a Paralympic swimming champion.

Most of us would struggle to run 87km. Mary Fisher faces an added obstacle - but it's never stopped her.

Politician's bizarre doping theory

Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko.

Former Russian sports minister says "male DNA" lingers in female athletes days after sex.

All-around success for Kiwi Olympian

Courtney McGregor competes in the all-around competition at the Rio Olympics last August.

Courtney McGregor claims title as the Kiwi makes an impressive start to her US College gymnastics career.

Gymnastics doctor sued for abuse video

Dr Larry Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics for decades before being dismissed in 2015.

A US doctor accused of sexually abusing gymnasts is being sued by 18 women and girls, along with USA Gymnastics.

McIlroy's Zika call wasn't rubbish

Rory McIlroy hits off the 16th tee during the Ryder Cup last year.

OPINION: Rory McIlroy was right not to go to Rio and if you grew up in Northern Ireland you'd understand why.

On track for Tokyo

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athlete Nick Willis with partner Sierra and son Lachlan

Back in New Zealand for the summer, Rio bronze medallist Nick Willis is already eyeing up the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

IOC Presidents 'inner rage'

Systematic doping: Russia's doping program has angered IOC chief Thomas Bach.

Thomas Bach is angry after a report detailed the state-sponsored doping cover-up involving Russian medallists during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Widespread sexual abuse alleged in US gymnastics

US gymnastics is facing allegations of a widespread sex scandal.

Children - mostly girls - say adults involved in US gymnastics preyed on them.

Ryan Lochte to be a dad video

Ryan Lochte And Kayla Rae Reid Announce Pregnancy With Sexy Underwater Photos

Ryan Lochte gets wet to announce that he and Kayla Rae Reid are expecting.

Cheerleading in Olympic mix

An Indianapolis Colts cheerleader performs during a commercial break during the game between the Indianapolis Colts and ...

Cheerleading is on its way to becoming an Olympic sport.

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'I proved doctors wrong' stuff nation video

Tupou Neiufi: "Believe in yourselves, but most importantly, be yourselves."

After being hit by a car doctors said Tupou Neiufi would never walk, let alone swim. She certainly proved them wrong.

Sports funding too 'fat'

New Zealand Cricket Players Association chief executive Heath Mills.

Top administrators get paid five times more than Olympic gold medalists, investigation finds.

Waimate welcomes Rooney, Kennett video

Natalie Rooney, left, Waimate Mayor Craig Rowley and Dylan Kennett celebrate Rooney and Kennett's outstanding efforts at ...

Waimate welcomed Olympians Natalie Rooney and Dylan Kennett home with song and celebration.

Olympic heartbreak serves as motivation

Julian Matthews runs up the Centre of New Zealand during his stint back home following the Olympic Games.

Julian Matthews allowed himself a 24 hour sulking period before taking his frustration out by running some miles.

Walsh building to raise roof video

Tom Walsh's stellar year included a gold at the world indoor championships in Portland, USA.

Shot putter Tom Walsh returns from work as a globetrotting professional athlete to his day job

Walsh: We've got a shot at history video

Tom Walsh has had a big year, but he's not done chasing special marks in his sport.

Kiwi shot put ace predicts long-standing world record will soon be hauled in.

Tom Walsh second in Germany

Tom Walsh couldn't quite get the job done in Germany, just a day after his Diamond League triumph in Zurich.

Kiwi Olympic medallist just fails to make it two victories in two days on the busy European athletics circuit.

Winner Walsh 'a 22-metre guy' video

New Zealand shot put ace Tom Walsh has followed up on his Rio Olympics bronze with a mighty 22m Diamond League ...

Kiwi shot put ace finds a bit extra in the tank to beat the Rio gold medallist for Diamond League glory.

Bulling sets sights on Tokyo

New Zealand team pursuit track cyclist Pieter Bulling returned home to Invercargill recently after the Rio Olympic Games.

New Zealand cyclist Pieter Bulling has his sights firmly set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Fahey reflects on Rio

A rare break for Olympic triathlon organiser Juliet Fahey.

There was only one person probably more nervous than the Olympian lined up at the start of the triathlon in Rio - organiser Juliet Fahey.

Back to school for Eliza video

Olympic bronze medalist Eliza McCartney pays a visit to her old school Belmont Intermediate in Takapuna.

Kiwi Olympic hero goes back where it all began to relive her Rio experience.

Begg appalled by comments

New Zealand speed skating coach Bill Begg was digusted by the treatment of cyclist Dylan Kennett in Rio.

New Zealand speed skating coach Bill Begg takes aim at Cycling New Zealand's high performance director.

Walsh backs up in Poland

Tom Walsh has hit a rich vein of form following his bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.

Kiwi shot put ace makes it two victories in two days with another win at a major meet in Europe.

Willis confirms Tokyo Olympic bid

New Zealand's Nick Willis will press on to Tokyo in 2020 after winning his second Olympic medal in Rio.

After winning a second Olympic medal in Rio, Nick Willis is gunning for three in Tokyo.

Olympians blown away video

Rebecca Scown and Genevieve Behrent - the silver medal-winning women's coxless pair - were crowd favourites.

Hundreds braved horrible weather to cheer on the nation's heroes.

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