IOC: Madrid 2020 bid better than previous efforts

Madrid's bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games is an improvement on their failed efforts to secure the 2012 and 2016 editions.



Tokyo would be an inspirational choice to host the 2020 Olympic Games, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told Olympic officials.


Two-time Paralympic champion Peter Norfolk has announced he will no longer be competing full-time on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.


Badminton's Olympic future is in jeopardy due to the continual mid-tournament retirements of leading players.


Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson have come out in support of London’s bid to host the 2018 Gay Games as part of the Olympic legacy.


The IOC has asked its Indian members to contemplate taking legal action against the nation's suspended officials.


Olympic gold medallist Rob Waddell has been named the New Zealand Olympic Committee's new chef de mission.


It was a year of Olympic success, remarkable comebacks and the exercising of demons in a golden year in sport for Britain.


A shower of gold at the Olympics confirmed China's powerhouse status but there were few standout performances away from London.


After the thrill of London 2012, British volleyball player Peter Bakare is enjoying the quieter life of a university student.


Three-times Olympic champion Drew Ginn has finally bowed to his battered body and called time on his rowing career.


Public funding of nine billion pounds for the London Olympics was money well spent after a successful Games, according to a National Audit Office report.


Golf has no place in the Olympics, according to eight-times Major winner Tom Watson.


Squash federation officials hope IOC representatives have seen the sport's potential to feature on the 2020 Olympic programme.


Olympics chief Paul Deighton defended Locog’s ‘record-breaking’ ticketing structure for the London 2012 Games.


Sponsorship deals and record revenues helped London organisers to hit their target of raising £2.4 billion to stage the Olympics and Paralympics.


Budget cuts could lead to the "disintegration of Greek sport" according to the country's beleaguered Olympic Committee.


Sports fans in East London have been left disappointed by news that the Olympic Stadium in Stratford is likely to be closed until 2016.


Uzbek wrestler Soslan Tigiev is likely to be stripped of his Olympic bronze medal after a source claimed he has tested positive for banned substances.


Outgoing BOA chief Colin Moynihan believes successor Sebastian Coe's star quality will see it go from strength to strength before Rio 2016 and beyond.


Four-times Olympic champion Ben Ainslie has been named Sailor of the Year by the International Sailing Federation for a fourth time.


Australian Olympic chief John Coates wants all athletes, coaches and officials to sign a declaration stating they have never used banned substances.


A furious tirade by Cherie Blair was one of the key moments in Britain winning the right to host the 2012 Olympics, according to Games chief Sebastian Coe.


London Olympics organising committee chairman Sebastian Coe had sleepless nights worrying about possible terrorist attacks during this year's Games.


Outspoken President Alexander Lukashenko hit out at Belarus sports bosses on Friday for the country's "complete failure" at the 2012 London Olympics.


An assault charge against Kenyan 3,000 metres steeplechase world and Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi has been dropped.


Brazil's Olympic Committee overwhelmingly re-elected Carlos Nuzman as president on Friday, overlooking a series of recent committee scandals


A man has been arrested after two of Britain's London 2012 heroes had their medals stolen at an event in London, after attending a celebration with the Queen.


Olympic champions Nikola Karabatic and Samuel Honrubia are under formal investigation for fraud amid a handball match-fixing scandal.


Some athletes failed to report for blood doping tests at this year's Olympics but escaped sanction.


London 2012 came with a hefty price tag for the British taxpayer despite government figures showing a £377 million saving on the budget for the event.


Spanish sport faces a bleak future unless more private sponsors can be tapped to offset sweeping cuts in government funding.


Michael Phelps and Allyson Felix have been named as the United States Olympic Committee's best athletes for 2011-12.


Campaigners who wanted a moment of silence at London 2012 to remember 11 Israelis killed at 1972 Munich hope to be granted one at Rio 2016.


One of the missing medals belonging to a British Olympic hero has been recovered, police have confirmed.


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