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Staysure to become first title sponsor of the European Senior Tour

Staysure, the UK's leading travel insurance provider and specialist in the over 50s market, is to become the first ever title sponsor of the European Senior Tour in a landmark partnership.

Renamed the ‘Staysure Tour’, the deal includes the incorporation of a new headline event, The Staysure PGA Seniors Championship, which aims to attract a stellar field and will offer a prize fund of £400,000.

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Powell names unchanged side for HSBC Cape Town Sevens

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell rewarded the 12 players who won the opening tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai when he named an unchanged squad for the highly anticipated HSBC Cape Town Sevens on Wednesday.

The tournament takes place in the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday and Sunday and tickets were sold out in a matter of hours after they went on sale a couple of months ago.

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Deakin and Netball Australia announce national partnership

Deakin University and Netball Australia today announced an all-of-sport partnership that will see Deakin support netball through Suncorp Super Netball, the Samsung Diamonds, the Australian Netball League and the Fast5 Netball World Series.

As part of the multi-year agreement, Deakin University and Netball Australia will establish an extensive network of strategic collaborations focusing on work integrated learning, graduate employment, professional development and high-performance projects with Deakin’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, the world’s number one ranked sports science school*.

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IOC suspends Russian NOC

The IOC Executive Board today studied and discussed the findings of the Commission led by the former President of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, addressing the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia. This report also addresses in particular the manipulation at the anti-doping laboratory at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 which targeted the Olympic Games directly. Over 17 months of extensive work, the Schmid Commission gathered evidence and information and held hearings with all the main actors. Due process, to which every individual and every organisation is entitled, was followed. This opportunity was not available to the IOC prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

The conclusions of the Schmid Report, on both factual and legal aspects, confirmed “the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia, through the Disappearing Positive Methodology and during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, as well as the various levels of administrative, legal and contractual responsibility, resulting from the failure to respect the respective obligations of the various entities involved”.

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Simple Minds set to rock the 2018 BMW PGA Championship

Scottish rock band Simple Minds will bring the 2018 BMW PGA Championship – the first Rolex Series event of the new season – to a close when they headline the BMW Show Stage at Wentworth Club on Sunday May 27.

Best known for their singles Don’t You Forget About Me, from the soundtrack of the film The Breakfast Club, and Alive and Kicking, the Glaswegians have sold more than 70 million records worldwide.

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