29 July

The world’s top marathon para-ath­letes will con­tinue to com­pete in the Virgin Money Lon­don Marathon, one of the lead­ing long-dis­tance ath­let­ics events, un­til at least 2017, af­ter the In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee and the race or­gan­iser agreed a new four-year deal for the IPC Marathon World Cup. Para-ath­letes have com­peted in the Lon­don Marathon for many years, but the 2013 edi­tion was the first to in­clude sev­eral ad­di­tional IPC Ath­let­ics classes, for leg and arm am­putees and the vis­ually im­paired.


Rowing opted out of the in­au­gu­ral Euro­pean Games in 2015 in Baku af­ter an in­spec­tion visit of two pos­si­ble pro­posed venues in Azer­bai­jan.FISA, the sport’s world gov­ern­ing body, ex­pressed con­cern over “the flow in the river, in­suf­fi­cient ac­com­mo­da­tion and its po­si­tion for in­ter­na­tional ac­cess” at one pro­posed venue, and over in­suf­fi­cient time to fin­ish in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment at the other be­fore the games from June 12 to 28, 2015.

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