Summer News

AOC President John Coates.

Australia has slipped to 7th on the gold and overall medal tally according to the latest benchmark study conducted by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).

Lauren Mitchell of Australia poses with her silver medal after she came second in the floor exercise during the Apparatus Finals on the sixth day of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2009 at the at O2 Arena on October 18, 2009 in London, England.

Two stunning silver medal performances by Lauren Mitchell helped Australia notch up its best world gymnastics championships result as the competition wrapped up on Sunday.The 18-year-old finished second in the balance beam and the floor exercises in an outstanding result for the Perth schoolgirl.

Lauren Mitchell competing on the beam at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Australia have achieved their best ever qualifying results at a world gymnastics championships

Wembley Stadium in London which will host the 2012 Olympic Football finals and now proposed for badminton and rhythmic gymnastics.

Organisers of the 2012 Olympics in London are set to scrap plans for a new temporary venue to host badminton and rhythmic gymnastics as a cost-cutting measure.

Rio - Let the party begin

3 October 2009
Crowd gather to celebrate the International Olympic Committee's announcement of Rio de Janeiro as the 2016 Olympic host, at Copacabana Beach, on October 2, 2009 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Rio overthrew Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.

While still stunned by the early exit of Chicago the mood at the IOC Session in Copenhagen is “let the carnival begin” for Rio.

Brazilian athlete Barbara Leoncio gestures with Brazilian Minister of Sport Orlando Silva at a press conference after the Rio 2016 presentation on October 2, 2009 at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. Rio went on to win the crucial vote.

Chicago's shock firsat round exit and the overwhelming win by Rio made it a fascinating vote. See the actual numbers and the reactions here.

Athens Golden Girl retires

30 September 2009

Triple Olympic champion Jodie Henry has officially retired from swimming, having grown accustomed to life outside the pool.

Obama confirmed for Copenhagen

29 September 2009
US President Barack Obama.

US President Barack Obama will make a whirlwind trip to Copenhagen this week to leverage his global popularity in a last-minute pitch for his hometown Chicago's 2016

Cadel Evans of Australia waves as he crosses the finish line to win the Men's Road Race at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships on September 27, 2009 in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

Victorian Cadel Evans has become the first Australian to win the elite men's road race at a World Championships after an emphatic solo attack saw him cross the finish line 27 seconds ahead of second placed Alexandr Kolobnev of Russia with Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver of Spain third.

Madrid 2016 Candidacy logo

Hundreds of thousands of people formed a "human mosaic" in Madrid on Sunday to show their support for the city's bid to host the 2016 Olympics, five days before the