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The five cities bidding to host the 2008 Olympic Games have begun delivering their final presentations ahead of this afternoon's decision in Moscow around 3.30pm BST.

Copyright Promotions Partners (CPP) Korea, CPLG's joint-venture company handling the World Cup 2002 licensing programme for Asia Pacific, has held a fashion show in Seoul displaying over 500 World Cup Japan/Korea 2002 licensed products.

Beijing combined evocative images of ancient and modern China in its final bid for the 2008 Olympics on Friday just hours before the International Olympics Committee (IOC) votes on the host.

The Japanese city of Osaka was eliminated in the first round of voting by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the right to host the 2008 Summer Games.

Beijing will host the 2008 Olympic Games after an International Olympic Committee vote in Moscow.

Vote totals from Friday's balloting to pick the host city for the 2008 Olympics:

The Dalai Lama's Tibetan government-in-exile slammed the choice of Beijing as the venue for the 2008 Olympics on Friday and said it would encourage repression in China.

Charmaine Crooks, a former Olympic middle-distance runner, resigned abruptly from the IOC's ethics commission on Friday in a dispute over her role in Toronto's bid for the 2008 Games.

International sports leaders like to pretend to others, if not themselves, that sport is blissfully removed from politics.

sportbusiness.com will be reporting from Moscow tomorrow, giving you up-to-the-minute news on the chosen city to host the 2008 Olympic Games.

Brazilian soccer chief Ricardo Teixeira slammed the government report into corruption in his federation and vowed to quit if a single claim was proven.

Chung Mong Joon, vice-president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA and co-chairman of Korea’s 2002 World Cup organising committee, said he thinks that the tournament, which it will co-host with Japan, will help bring political stability and prosperity to Asia.

Chung Mong Joon, South Korean vice-president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA has urged its president Sepp Blatter to reveal all he knows about the financial collapse of its marketing agent ISL-ISMM.

FIFA have put back by 24 hours an executive committee meeting expected to discuss the collapse of ISL-ISMM, world soccer's governing body said on Wednesday.

FIFA Marketing – the new unit set up within soccer’s governing body following the collapse of ISL – is celebrating after clinching a hat-trick of deals.

Sepp Blatter, president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA, played down the chances of North Korea hosting any matches in next year's World Cup finals, but said he would still probably visit the country later this year.

Turkey's Olympic chief looks disdainfully upon the report that may crush Istanbul's bid to host the 2008 Olympics.