Madrid is planning another bid to host the Summer Olympics, hoping the potential revenue will help the city through the financial crisis. Tokyo is also throwing its hat in the ring.
Residents of the Japanese capital are angry as French prosecutors launch an investigation into reports of millions being paid to ensure Tokyo won race to host 2020 Games - but they're not surprised. Julian Ryall reports.
Russia's athletics federation had said that any athlete found to have doped in previous years would be denied a ticket to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Doping re-tests from the Beijing Games have implicated 14 Russians.
The IOC said its re-tests focused on athletes slated to travel to Rio de Janeiro for the summer Games in a few weeks' time. It added that these had been conducted as part of a bolstered fight against drug cheats.
The IOC has warned that federations and athletes could face long bans from the Olympics amid the latest doping allegations. It has also said Russian athletes could even be ruled out of this summer's Rio Games.
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