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Positive Signs for Rio

17 December 2014
AOC President John Coates speaks during the Australian Olympic Committee Annual General Meeting at Museum of Contemporary Art on May 10, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

AOC: There are very positive signs for Australia’s Olympic Team in RIO moving into 6th place on the overall medal tally in the AOC’s latest benchmark study.

CONI President Giovanni Malago', Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and State Secretary to Prime Minister Graziano DelRio announce Rome's candidacy to host the 2024 Olympic Games during Italian Olympic Commitee meeting on December 15, 2014 in Rome, Italy.

2024: Rome will spearhead an Italian bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday vowing a strong campaign to win the event.

Rio mascots named

16 December 2014
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.

RIO 2016: Vinicius will be the name of the Rio Olympic Games mascot following a three-week on-line vote.

HOCKEY: The Australian Men's Hockey Team claimed bronze at the Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar after defeating hosts India 2-1 with their recently new and younger squad.

Philip Snyman of South Africa is dumped by Pama Fou of Australia leading to a yellow card in the Cup Final match between South Africa and Australia during day two of the 2014 Emirates Dubai Sevens - HSBC Sevens World Series at The Sevens Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

SEVENS: Australian Men's Sevens Head Coach Geraint John has lauded his charges after they recorded their second top-three finish in consecutive weeks.

The Australia team celebrate winning the Men's Gold Medal Match Final between India and Australia at Glasgow National Hockey Centre during day eleven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 3, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

HOCKEY: The Kookaburras remain in contention to win a sixth successive Champions Trophy title this weekend after sealing their place in Saturday’s semi finals with a 4-2 win over Argentina in a must-win quarter final.

Eloise Wellings 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.

ATHLETICS: Brett Robinson (ACT) and Eloise Wellings (NSW) have taken out the Australian men’s and women’s 10,000m national championships respectively at the Zatopek:10 athletics meet at Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium this evening.

From Agenda 2020 to 2024

10 December 2014
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach attends the Men's Luge Singles on Day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

AGENDA 2020: With the inclusion of new sports and a changed bidding process, speculation mounts as to which city will bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

Sian Mulholland of Australia (3rd from left) with the winners of the Women In Sport Award at the IOC Session in Monaco on 9 December 2014. Mulholland won the award for Oceania for her achievements as a cycling coach. IOC President Thomas Bach and IOC Member Prince Albert of Monaco presented the awards.

CYCLING: Australian coach, Sian Mulholland, has been awarded the International Olympic Committee’s Women in Sport award for the Oceania region.

Natalie Ward at the Beijing 2008 Olympics and Rodney van Buizen at the Athens Olympic Games on Australia's road to the gold medal match.

TOKYO: Softball and baseball are the big winners from the 40 reforms announced by the International Olympic Committee in Monaco.

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