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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.


Rome to bid for 2024 Olympics

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is fully behind the bid. Credit: PA

Rome will enter a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced on Monday.

The application phase for potential candidates is set to formally open in September 2015, with a deadline of January 8 2016 and the announcement of the chosen venue set for the summer of 2017.

Following concerns over finance, Italy, which hosted the 1960 Olympics in Rome, had scrapped plans to bid for the 2020 Games, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

Renzi told a news conference at the Italian National Olympic Committee headquarters in the capital: ''The Italian government, together with CONI, is ready to do its part for a project that isn't based on great infrastructures or big dreams, but rather great people."

Rio de Janeiro 2016 unveil Olympics mascots

The next Olympics and Paralympics games in Brazil will be fronted by a colourful duo, after the mascots were unveiled.

One is a yellow cat-like creature, representative of all the animals in Brazil, whereas the Paralympic mascot is a fusion of Brazilian forest plants.

The mascots looking like a cheery duo. Credit: Rio 2016

Neither is named yet, with the organisation offering the public the opportunity to name them.

People can vote for their preferred names on the mascots' own website.

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