Bids from baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing to join the programme for the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo cleared another hurdle yesterday (Wednesday) when the International Olympic Committee executive board voted in favour of their inclusion.

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Dear Mr. Brian Lewis
With warm greetings from the ICSS, it is my pleasure to share with you the announcement that Michael Hershman, co-founder of Transparency International, has been appointed as Group CEO of the International Centre for Sport Security.

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Former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier, left, throws a punch at challenger Alexander Gustafsson during UFC 192 in 2015. (Juan Deleon/Associated Press)

This summer, Kayla Harrison will attempt to defend her Olympic gold medal in judo. If all goes as planned, she’ll end up atop a podium at the Rio Games, add more hardware to the trophy case and return home with a big decision to make.

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Russia's potential athletics ban from Rio 2016 is still the biggest issue for the likes of IAAF President Sebastian Coe, left, and IOC head Thomas Bach to discuss ahead of Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

This week’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meeting in Lausanne promises to be the most significant not just of Thomas Bach’s tenure, but perhaps ever since the fateful 1998 affair at which former International Ski Federation President Marc Hodler first alerted the world to the simmering Salt Lake City corruption scandal.

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