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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.

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

War veterans complained on Friday that the new "Diggers" nickname given to Australia's world championship team in Edmonton, Canada, was inappropriate.

Beijing officials defended China's human rights record on Wednesday but conceded it faced a challenge persuading world opinion that the Chinese capital should stage the 2008 Olympic Games.