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Debate over clash of 2022 major sports events

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European football clubs' official says 2022 Winter Olympics may have to move for World Cup in Qatar.

Road to Rio starts today for women cyclists

Stephanie McKenzie

There is excitement in New Zealand's women's track cycling programme ahead of their first international meet of the season today.

All Blacks wanted to bolster Sevens for Olympics

New Zealand Sevens

Rugby sevens guru Gordon Tietjens has already sent out his wish list of AB stars for the next Olympics.

Golf criteria for 2016 Olympic Games announced

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Controversial criteria for entry to the 2016 Olympic golf competitions is sure to reignite debate.

First black woman to capture Olympic gold dies

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The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, American Alice Coachman Davis, has died aged 90.

Winter Olympic bids are confirmed for 2022

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Oslo, Almaty and Beijing have been confirmed as candidate cities to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Repeat golden quest over for Joseph Sullivan

Joseph Sullivan

Olympic champion rower Joseph Sullivan opens up about his decision to quit the sport before Rio 2016.

Australia reveal new Sevens coach

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A member of Graham Henry's staff when he was coach of Wales at the 1999 World Cup has been appointed to co-ordinate the Australian Rugby Union's bid for Sevens gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Rio Olympics.

Rower George Bridgewater aims for Rio Games

George Bridgewater

Former Olympic medallist George Bridgewater will make a surprise return to rowing as he looks to the next Olympics.

London 2016 speculation shot down by IOC

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The IOC said there is "not a shred of truth" to reports that London has been approached about replacing Rio de Janeiro as host of the 2016 Olympics.

Surplus up but high Rio costs loom for NZOC

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The NZOC has recorded an increased surplus in its latest annual report but needs to budget for Rio.

UCI, IOC agree qualification quotas for Games

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Two athletes per nation will be allowed to compete in the men's and women's individual sprint and keirin at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Tough stance to combat corrupt Olympians

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Kiwi sporting bodies may be forced to sign up to a national anti-corruption policy if they want to have athletes selected for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Rio's Olympian building task is clear to see

Rob Waddell

New Zealand's chef de mission says "there is no hiding" from the problems facing the 2016 Rio Olympics, but believes there is still "potential for a great Games".

Rio a cause for concern for NZ Olympic body

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NZOC worried about 2016 Olympics with many Kiwi medal events set for venues where construction hasn't begun.

Rio 2016 preparations 'worst ever' - IOC vice

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In a blunt public warning, IOC vice president John Coates called the delayed preparations for the 2016 Games "the worst I have experienced."

Tom Walsh a golden shot for Glasgow Games

Tom Walsh

SIMON PLUMB - Sunday Star Times

NZ shot put on target for Commonwealth and even Olympic domination with Tom Walsh joining Valerie Adams at top.

Foreign journalists tweet rough road to Sochi

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A hotel without a lobby. A room without a floor. "Very dangerous face water". It's all here in Sochi.

What we can expect from Sochi

 	 Scotty Stevenson and Hayley Holt

What we can expect from Scotty Stevenson and Hayley Holt's Winter Olympic Games coverage from Sochi.

Sochi Olympics ripe for killings

Vladimir Putin

OPINION: The threats of terrorism have never been so real as they are at Vladimir Putin's Winter Olympics.

Violinist Vanessa-Mae to ski at Sochi Olympics

Vanessa-Mae

Violinist Vanessa-Mae is set to ski for Thailand at the Winter Olympics in Russia next month.

Jamaicans confirm Olympic bobsled entry

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TIM REYNOLDS - AP

Get ready, Sochi: The Jamaicans are coming, and they're bringing their bobsled again.

IOC member slams gay US delegation athletes

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A senior Italian IOC member criticised the United States for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month's Sochi Olympics.

Rio's Olympic waters full of sewage

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Rio de Janeiro's endless beaches and lush tropical forest will be a photographer's dream during the 2016 Olympics. But zoom in on the likes of once-pristine Guanabara Bay, and the picture is of household trash and raw sewage.

Olympic flame lit for Sochi Winter Games

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DEREK GATOPOULO - AP

The Olympic flame-lighting ceremony for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi has been held in Greece.

Olympic torch heads for space

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Russian cosmonauts carry Olympic torch to International Space Station ahead of winter games at Sochi.

Wrestling makes its Olympic return from 2020

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STEPHEN WILSON - AP

Rule changes to reward aggressive wrestling among adjustments made to get the ancient sport reinstated at the Olympics.

NZOC hail choice of Tokyo as 2020 Olympics host

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New Zealand Olympic Committee boss Kereyn Smith has hailed the choice of Tokyo as host city for the 2020 Olympics.

Doping Aussie Olympians told to co-operate

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Australian Olympians must co-operate fully with anti-doping agency or face exclusion from the Olympics.

Bolt bottle thrower gets community service

Usain Bolt

A man who threw a plastic beer bottle onto the track and shouted abuse at Usain Bolt before the men's 100-metre final at the Olympics will be electronically tagged for eight weeks.

Runner graceful on foot and in life

Lucy Van Dalen

GREG FORD - Canterbury

Amid the hue and cry of Olympics dramas for Val Adams there was another affected Kiwi athlete, calmly going about her business.

Winter athletes await 'da' for Russia

JESSICA MADDOCK IN WANAKA - The Southland Times

The countdown is on to the Winter Olympics, which start in Sochi, Russia, in just over a year.

Tight competition for 2020 Olympic Games

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Three cities bidding for the 2020 Olympics submit their plans for the Games, eight months ahead of when the IOC will announce the host.

New Zealand's golden Games in London

Mahe Drysdale

Marc Hinton looks back on the joyous days of the London Olympics and rates a Kiwi campaign that positively dripped gold.

Swim coach deeply sorry for U-turn on shift

Roly Crichton and Sophie Pascoe

TONY SMITH - The Press

Roly Crichton turned his back on a Timaru coaching job because he would have been "crazy" to end his partnership with Sophie Pascoe.

Lisa Carrington finds her true calling

Lisa Carrington

World champion kayaker Lisa Carrington says an Olympic Games gold medal "comes with a lot of expectation" but a wealth of opportunities too.

Carrington, Mahe NZ's favourite moments

Lisa Carrington

A poll finds gold medal wins by rower Mahe Drysdale and kayaker Lisa Carrington were NZ's most popular medal moments at London 2012.

Sports Minister McCully freezes out ANZ

Murray McCully

SIMON PLUMB - Sunday Star Times

Athletics New Zealand faces an uneasy wait after being shut out of Sports Minister Murray McCully's investigation into its errors at the London Olympics.

A hurting Sharland decides to take break

Kayla Sharland

JONATHAN MILLMOW - Wellington

With the pain of narrowly missing an Olympic medal fresh in her mind Black Sticks' captain Kayla Sharland is set to take an indefinite break.

Trophy from 1896 Olympics on display in Greece

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The trophy won by the marathon winner at the 1896 Olympics has gone on display for the first time in Greece.

Gold medalist Mahe Drysdale hints at Rio tilt

Mahe Drysdale

IAN ANDERSON - Waikato Times

Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale says he is thinking about Rio Olympics all the time.

Athletics NZ in firing line over Val-Gate saga

Murray McCully

MARC HINTON - Fairfax Media

Athletics New Zealand officials are now ducking for cover.

Belarus athletes urged to 'admit mistakes'

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STACEY KIRK - Fairfax Media

The leader of Belarus is calling for his own debriefing into the country's abysmal display at the London Olympics.

Nicholson forgets medal in post-Games flurry

Andrew Nicholson

FRED WOODCOCK - Fairfax Media

In the mad rush to get on the plane back home Andrew Nicholson forgot to pack his prized Olympic bronze medal.

Kids line up for Olympians' welcome home

Fans thrilled to see favourite Olympians

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A moment's silence to remember the New Zealand soldiers who died in Afghanistan has started the Olympic welcome-home event.

Hotel shortages will not be an issue in Rio

The government official in charge of Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics said hotel shortages will not be a problem for either event.

Ainslie non-committal over another Olympics

Ben Ainslie

British sailor Ben Ainslie has moved to temper reports he will chase more Olympic glory in 2016.

South Koreans have badminton bans reduced

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South Korean Olympic badminton players and a coach have had suspensions for throwing matches reduced.

Valerie Adams entry debacle review underway

Valerie Adams

KATE CHAPMAN - Fairfax Media

An investigation into the admin errors that affected shot putter Valerie Adams' Olympic performance is underway and will be robust.

Bolt keen on Rio; 400, long jump possibilities

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is a definite starter for another Olympic Games, opening up the possibility of more sprint records or an attempt at other events.
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