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IOC shame continues.

Olympics: International Olympic Committee chiefs are considering whether to expel a French member after his conviction for fraud. Guy Drut, the 110 metres hurdles gold medallist at the 1976 Games, has been an IOC member since 1996 and was one of the leading members of Paris' failed bid for the 2012 Games. Drut has been given a suspended 15-month sentence and fined 50,000 euros (pounds 35,000) after being found guilty in a case where companies were accused of paying major political parties to win contracts to renovate schools around Paris. Within the last year, Korea's Kim Un Yong has resigned from the IOC after being jailed for corruption while Bulgarian member Ivan Slavkov was expelled after being implicated in a vote-buying scandal exposed by the BBC's Panorama programme.

Citroen to return

RALLYING: Citroen have confirmed they will return to the world rally championship in 2007 after a one-year sabbatical. The FIA have confirmed cost-cutting measures.

Godman's rise

RUGBY UNION: Newcastle Falcons reject Phil Godman has been called up to the Scotland training squad for the autumn Test series. The 23-year-old Edinburgh Gunners stand-off failed to break through into the Falcons team, where Jonny Wilkinson and Dave Walder were ahead of him in the pecking order. But now Godman will replace Gordon Ross of Leeds Tykes in the squad, which has been whittled down to 30 as preparations for the Tests against Argentina, Samoa and New Zealand intensify. Godman and Dan Parks of Glasgow Warriors will be vying for the No 10 shirt.

As you were

RALLYING: Britain's round of the world rally championship will return to its traditional slot next year. The Cardiff-based event will once again bring the curtain down on the season with a December 3 finish.

Seventh heaven

RUGBY LEAGUE: The 2006 World Club Challenge will be held in Britain for the seventh-successive season. This year's showdown between Leeds and Canterbury Bulldogs drew a bumper 37,028 crowd.

Change of plan

MOTOR RACING: Formula One bosses have confirmed there will again be a 19-race calendar for next season, starting in Bahrain. Britain's Grand Prix at Silverstone is moved from its traditional July slot to a June 11 date, which clashes with the first Sunday of the World Cup finals.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2005
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