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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.


Yarnold back on track with win in Germany

British Olympic hero Lizzy Yarnold has claimed her second victory of the current World Cup skeleton season in Konigssee, Germany.

Eyes down: Lizzy Yarnold sets off on a run in Konigssee. Credit: Daniel Naupold/DPA/PA

The British slider completed her two runs in one minute 44.24 seconds, a comfortable 0.71 seconds ahead of second-placed German Anja Huber.

Yarnold, 26, started the season with victory in Lake Placid but was forced to miss the following race in Calgary after experiencing dizzy spells. She returned to form by taking silver last week in Altenberg.

"I think eventually I've learned to relax on this track," Yarnold said. "It's taken me six years and I've eventually got it!"

Olympics star Michael Phelps avoids jail for drink driving

American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has been given a one-year suspended jail sentence for drink driving.

Phelps was caught driving at 84mph (135kph) in a 45mph zone (72kph) and crossing lanes illegally while nearly twice the legal limit in September. It was his second arrest for drunken driving.

Michael Phelps told reporters he would 'continue to grow from this' after admitting to the judge he had made a 'bad mistake'.

The 18-time Olympic gold medallist also received 18 months of supervised probation after admitting the offence.

Phelps said he underwent a 45-day rehab programme after his arrest and has pledged to continue to receive care while also attending Alcoholics Anonymous.

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