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Brownlee twins pre-selected for Rio Olympics

The Brownlee twins are heading to Rio. Credit: PA

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have both been pre-selected for next year's Rio Olympics despite failing to meet British Triathlon's automatic qualification criteria.

The London 2012 gold and bronze medallists join Non Stanford and Vicky Holland, who guaranteed their places in the team by winning medals at both the test event and the World Triathlon Series grand final in Chicago this summer.

Both Brownlee brothers endured seasons blighted by injury, with Alistair opting to undergo surgery on his troublesome ankle after finishing 10th in the test event.

Jonny missed that race because of a stress fracture and, although he did compete in Chicago, he was not back to full fitness and came home 12th.

But the British Triathlon Olympic nomination committee pre-selected the pair based on evidence of their ability to win a medal at the Olympics.

One space in each of the men's and women's team remains open, with the final nominations due to be announced next June.

Commonwealth champion Jodie Stimpson and two-time former world champion Helen Jenkins look set to do battle for the final women's spot, while the third man could well be an athlete selected to help the Brownlees.


Chinese capital Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing has won the right to host the 2022 winter Olympics. Credit: Reuters

Beijing has won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted in favour of the Chinese capital, who were up against Kazakhstan's largest city, Astana.

A secret ballot took place between IOC members in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this morning.

Beijing becomes the first city awarded the rights to stage the summer and winter games after hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Paris launch bid to host 2024 Olympics

Paris will once again bid for the Olympic Games, it has been confirmed.

The French capital has previously failed to procure the 1992, 2008 and 2012 games, having last held them in 1924.

Paris has missed out on the event in the past. Credit: PA

Bernard Lapasset, who will lead the campaign, said: "Paris is delighted to officially confirm its bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games - an important first milestone as our host city campaign journey commences.

"We believe that this bid and our goal to host the 2024 Games will excite, unite and enthuse the people of Paris, our entire nation and lovers of Olympic and Paralympic sport all over the world."


Snooker, chess, bridge and tug of war eye Olympics

Snooker, chess, bridge and tug of war have applied to be including as events at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Baseball and softball have also applied, along with squash, after they missed out when wrestling was reinstated by the IOC in 2013.

Snooker could be big in Japan. Credit: PA

Squash will be hoping to be included for the first time after also missing out to golf and rugby sevens to be added to the 2016 Games while baseball and softball, popular in Japan, is bidding to return for the first time since 2008.

The Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Programme Panel announce a shortlist of events on June 22, with a final decision made by the IOC in August next year.

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