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Joubert named among referees for Rio sevens

Joubert features on a 12-strong panel of referees for the men's tournament. Credit: PA

South African Craig Joubert is among the referees chosen by World Rugby to officiate at this summer's Rio Olympics.

Joubert features on a 12-strong panel of referees for the men's tournament, which also includes Scotsman Mike Adamson.

The women's competition group of officials, meanwhile, features England's Sara Cox and Scottish official Alex Pratt.

Rugby union, in its sevens format, will return to the Olympics following a 92-year absence.

Joubert, who is a highly-experienced sevens referee, controlled the 15-a-side 2011 World Cup final in New Zealand, but at last autumn's England-hosted tournament he made a controversial late decision during the Scotland versus Australia quarter-final that World Rugby later announced had been incorrect.


Pregnant women advised not to travel to Rio Olympics

Pregnant women have been given additional health warnings ahead of the Olympic games Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Pregnant women have been advised not to travel to this year's Olympics in Rio as concerns about the mosquito-borne Zika virus continue to grow.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially recommended that pregnant women avoid attending the games due to the fact the infection in a pregnant woman "is linked to a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and miscarriage".

Professional boxers set to compete at Olympics

Top professional boxers will become eligible to compete in this summer's Rio Olympics under radical new proposals being pushed through by the sport's world governing body, AIBA.

Anthony Joshua. Credit: PA

Its president, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, has indicated that the last remaining barriers preventing full-time professionals competing in the Games are set to be abolished within a matter of months.

In an interview with Press Association Sport, Wu said: "We want the best boxers to come to the Olympic Games. It is AIBA's 70th birthday, and we want something to change - not after four years, but now.

"It is an IOC policy to have the best athletes in the Games, and of the international federations, AIBA is probably the only one without professional athletes in the Olympics.

"We already have our own professionals, APB and WSB boxers, in the Games - [and] we will go further."

Pressed on whether the change could realistically be made in time to affect eligibility for the Rio Olympics this summer, Wu replied: "According to our statutes it is absolutely possible."

Four cities submit files to host 2024 Olympics

Four prospective host cities for the 2024 Olympics have met the deadline to submit their initial candidature files to the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday in Lausannne.

Four cities have submitted a bid. Credit: PA

Los Angeles, Rome, Budapest and Paris are all in the running to stage the Games, with the final decision due at the IOC Session in Lima in September next year.

The first part of the candidature files submitted on Wednesday concerned the respective cities' "Vision, Concept and Strategy" for hosting the Games, with the next stage due on October 7.

IOC president Thomas Bach said: ""Los Angeles, Rome, Budapest and Paris are all submitting projects fully in line with Olympic Agenda 2020.

"It is impressive to see how they have incorporated the Olympic project into the long-term development plans of their city, region and country. Coming from different starting points, for all four there is a clear focus on sustainable development, legacy and in particular how the facilities are going to be used after the Olympic Games.

"We are delighted to have four extremely strong candidatures and look forward to a fascinating competition."

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