New 2019 Asian Games host to be chosen in September as it is claimed Indonesia are favourites

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A decision on which city will replace Hanoi as host of the 2019 Asian Games is due to be made in September but there remains confusion on who will put themselves forward.

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London 2012 anti-doping operation in Rio could be difficult

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Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has warned it is going to be difficult to ensure the drug testing operation at Rio 2016 is as efficient as that of London 2012 because of the delays in the construction schedule.

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UN Secretary-General and IOC President Scheduled to Sign Memorandum of Understanding

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Work is still in progress on the final paper, but the Memorandum of Understanding, which is scheduled to be signed next Monday, April 28th, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IOC President Thomas Bach at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, no doubt represents a ”historic step”. The IOC will become a partner on an “eye-to-eye” level with the inter-governmental organization founded in 1945, which meanwhile has a total of 193 member states.

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Federal police in Brazil stage protest on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach

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Threatening a strike during the World Cup, Federal police in Brazil staged a protest on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, calling for better working conditions, higher wages and restructuring of their career paths. Close to two hundred agents, registrars and fingerprint specialists from the professional services of the federal police marched on Rio’s Avenida Atlântica to contest, what they deem, a “failed” public safety system. André Vaz de Mello, the president of the Union of Servers of the Federal Police Department of the State of Rio de Janeiro, said, “We will wait until the World Cup, but we stand with Brasília’s and the other states’ proposal: stop [working] during the World Cup, mainly at airports,” according to Agência Brasil.

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Brazil Intensifies Security for World Cup

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“It is an important moment for the country” said Dilma Rousseff, stating that “the federal government will not agree with any kind of violence” during this summer’s World Cup soccer tournament. According to the Brazil President, the government has intensified security for the tournament not to be disturbed by violent incidents. “We have improved our security tremendously. The armed forces will participate, we will use the Federal Police and the Federal Highway Police and we have partnerships with all state governors,” she said, stressing the efforts on security in a meeting of the Council for Economic and Social Development.

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