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Ed Jenkins of Australia and Dan Bibby of England jump for the ball during day one of the 2014 Emirates Dubai Sevens - HSBC Sevens World Series.

The Australian Men's side has jumped up into the automatic qualification spots for the Rio Olympics in 2016 after thrilling their way to the Cup Final at the 7evens Stadium in Dubai.

AOC President John Coates speaking with media after the IOC Executive Board Meeting Monaco on 6 December 2014.

SWIMMING: The President of the Australian Olympic Committee John Coates says it’s time to “accept late night swimming finals in Rio and let’s get on with the job”.

Laurie Lawrence sharing knowledge with Kenneth To at the Road to Rio IGNITE session in Sydney on November 20, 2014,

RIO 2016: Kenneth To has had a bad run lately with illness and injury. His recovery from back surgery was boosted by the Rio IGNITE session and time with Laurie Lawrence.

Jason Hoffman of Australia scores his teams first goal during the first 2012 London Olympic Games Asian Qualifier match against Yemen. Hoffman scored twice in the 3-0 victory.

FOOTBALL: The Olyroos' road to the Rio 2016 Games has been laid out after the Under-23 Asian Championship qualifying draw was revealed in Malaysia.

The process of planting grass begins on the Olympic Golf Course.

GOLF: A Rio de Janeiro judge on Wednesday denied a request from prosecutors to halt construction of the Olympic golf course because of environmental concerns

Members of the Australian Women's Sevens squad at a Road to Rio: IGNITE session at the NSW Institute of Sport on 19 November, 2014.

RUGBY SEVENS: Australian Women's Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh is set to hand World Rugby Sevens World Series debuts to two players after naming an extended 13-strong party for the season opener in Dubai next week.

The mascots for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games are unveiled to the media during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on November 24, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots have been unveiled. Inspired by Brazil’s fauna and flora and targeted primarily at children, the public are now voting on what to call these mascots.

Cathy Freeman and John Coates at a media conference in Melbourne to announce changes to the AOC constitution to reflect Australia's Indigenous heritage on 21 November, 2014.

AOC: Cathy Freeman is says she's thrilled and proud that the Australian Olympic Committee will recognise indigenous Australians.

Steve Hooker OAM, VOC President Nicholas Green OAM, Minister for Sport and Recreation Victoria The Hon Damian Drum MP, 2016 Team Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller and Paralympian Richard Colman, acknowledging the State Governments contribution at the 2014 Olympians Club of Victoria Gala Dinner on November 21, 2014.

RIO: The Victorian Olympic Council today announced it has received $575,000 in funding from the Victorian Government to support the athletes representing Australia at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Eloise Wellings of Australia competes in the Women's 10,000m Final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England.

RIO 2016: Swimmers could have their worlds spun upside down with the release of a proposed midnight finish for swimming finals at the Rio Olympic Games, while athletics finals will return to the morning for the first time since Seoul 1988.