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Indonesia President Joko Widodo on Wednesday stressed on the development of sports which have the potential to garner medals at international championships, including badminton, archery and weightlifting.

"Prioritise development of games which have already shown achievements," President Widodo said at the State Palace after congratulating the country's medallists at the Rio Olympics, including the gold medallists in the badminton mixed doubles.

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American Olympic swimmer James Feigen issued a formal apology on Wednesday for causing "serious distractions" at the Rio Olympics with his made-up story about robbery.

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling, rejecting the Russian Paralympians' appeal against suspension from the Rio Games, may have been orchestrated in advance, Russia's Paralympic Committee (RPC) President Vladimir Lukin said on Wednesday.

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The impending Rio Paralympics could be facing its most serious financial crisis to date but the Games' Director of Media and Communications, Craig Spence, remains confident about its success.

The Games will be held from September 7 to 18 here but Spence said the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) remained positive about its outcome, reports Sputnik.

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The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, which concluded earlier this week with 65 new Olympic and 19 new world records in the sports field, now also has another record for the world's largest street mural created by an artist. At 15.5m tall and 170m long, the work of art is nearly 3,000 square meters in size.

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The Olympic flag, carried by Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike, arrived in the Japanese capital, the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games on Wednesday.

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said the ban on Russian athletes' participation in the Rio Paralympic Games is a crime.

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