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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.

Olympic legends Malcolm Page, Kerri Pottharst, Sandra Morgan-Beavis and Deb Watson at the Australian Olympic Committee Road to Rio IGNITE session on 19 November 2014 at Sydney Olympic Park.

RIO2016: There was a buzz in the air, a steely determination and plenty of laughs at the first IGNITE session for Australia's Rio 2016 Olympic hopefuls in Sydney.

Dani Samuels is on the Road to Rio - IGNITE

RIO 2016: Some 21 months out from the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, the Australian Olympic Committee today launched Road to Rio: IGNITE in Sydney.

AOC President John Coates speaking at the Senate enquiry into Anti-Doping Legislation.

DOPING: Australia's anti-doping body will be given boosted powers to crack down on drugs in sport. Legislation to bring ASADA in line with the WADA cleared parliament on Monday.

Analyst Arian Nemani splits urine samples in the anti-doping laboratory which will test athlete’s samples from the London 2012 Games on January 19, 2012 in Harlow, England. The facility, which will be provided by GSK and operated by King’s College London, will test over 6250 samples throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Over 150 anti-doping scientists will work in the laboratory, which measures the size of seven tennis courts, 24 hours a day.

DOPING: The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is against the imposition of criminal sanctions on cheating athletes despite a tougher code that will come into effect on January 1.

World Class to World Best

12 November 2014
Jeremy Hawyard (left) and Mark Knowles (right) lift the World Cup after defeating the Netherlands 6-1 in The Hague.

RIO 2016: Being competition ready and in the right mindset for the Rio Games in 2016 are the themes of Australia's third annual high performance sports conference - World Class to World Best.