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Construction takes place at the Maracana Stadium, venue for the FIFA 2014 World Cup Final on December 4, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

IOC: The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ended its fourth visit to the Brazilian city today.

Hooker calls Phoenix home

19 February 2013
Steven Hooker of Australia competes in the Men's Pole Vault during the Samsung Diamond League on May 19, 2012 at the Shanghai Stadium in Shanghai, China.

ATHLETICS: The disappointment of the London Olympics made a couple of things crystal clear for Australia's greatest pole vaulter Steve Hooker.

Will Ryan, Matt Belcher, Elise Rechichi and Sarah Cook with their Australian Championship 470 Trophies on 18 Feb 2013.

SAILING: Two-time Olympic rower Sarah Cook has swapped oars for awesome, winning her first national sailing title just five months after switching to the sport.

Head coach Carrie Graf of Australia coaches against Russia during the Women's Basketball Bronze Medal game on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 11, 2012 in London, England.

BASKETBALL: Basketball Australia has opened up recruitment for head coaching positions for both Australian National Teams – and will for the first time in more than a decade offer a full-time role to the Australian Opals Head Coach.

Jesse Parahi of Australia hold the Wellington Sevens Plate aloft with his team after winning the plate final during the 2013 Wellington Sevens at Westpac Stadium on February 2, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand.

RUGBY SEVENS: Australia is enjoying the spoils of the Rugby Sevens World Series in what is an ideal build-up to the sport’s induction to the Rio 2016 Olympic Program.

Karrie Webb of Australia hits her tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club on June 10, 2012 in Pittsford, New York.

GOLF: Karrie Webb has seven majors, 38 US tour wins, a career grand slam and is a member of golf's Hall of Fame, all before the age of 40.

James Magnussen of Australia reacts after he finished second in the Men's 100m Freestyle on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 1, 2012 in London, England.

SWIMMING: Steeled by his London Olympic critics, James Magnussen has gone to "another level" at training as he prepares to come under scrutiny again at his first meet since his 2012 Games disappointment.

Construction takes place at the Maracana Stadium, venue for the FIFA 2014 World Cup Final on December 4, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

With concern mounting about the pace of progress for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the IOC warned Brazilian organisers on Tuesday that "time is ticking" and they must attack the project "with all vigour" to ensure that the first Olympics in South America are a success.

Badminton rules changed

30 November 2012
Glenn Warfe (L) and Ross Smith (R) return a shot against Haifeng Fu and Yun Cai of China during their Men's Doubles Badminton on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Arena on July 28, 2012 in London, England.

BADMINTON: The Badminton World Federation on Friday announced changes to Olympic doubles rules following a match-throwing scandal at the London Games, but said it would take no further action against coaches.

Australian coaching staff and players talk tactics during the Women's Water Polo Bronze Medal match between Australia and Hungary on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Water Polo Arena on August 9, 2012 in London, England.

A new plan released today aims to develop coaches, nurture young talent and encourage more women to play sport.