NSW Premier, Mike Baird, joined past and present at Manly Beach to launch the biggest beach volleyball event in Australia since the Sydney Olympics.
The former head of Russian athletics Valentin Balakhnichev, the country's former head coach Aleksey Melnikov, and Papa Massata Diack, the son of the former IAAF President Lamine Diack, have all been banned from the sport for life over corruption charges.
ATHLETICS: The IAAF have confirmed Perth will bid to host next year's World Junior Athletics Championships after the event was taken away from Russia.
DOPING: Russia has accepted its "full suspension" from world athletics over widespread doping without even requesting a hearing, the IAAF says.
Russia was provisionally suspended from track and field over accusations of "state-sponsored" doping just nine months out from the Rio Olympics.
Sydney 2000 Olympic Champion Cathy Freeman has been awarded the IOC Women and Sport Award for the Oceania region, for her works through her Foundation.
Russia has rejected as "groundless" accusations of widespread doping and corruption in athletics and promised a rapid response to avoid suspension from Rio 2016