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Dinara Safina of Russia poses with the Rogers Cup after her win over Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during Day 7 of Rogers Cup Tennis on August 3, 2008 at Stade Uniprix in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Safina defeated Cibulkova 6-2, 6-1 to win the singles championship final. (AFP)


Olympic athletes set to shine through smog, doping scandals

Beijing Games organisers will be hoping that the exciting crop of competitors in the blue riband event of athletics can dispel the sordid spectre of doping and provide a feast of top-class sport.

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All smiles and niceties as Beijing set to open Games

Even stone-faced officers manage to grin under the huge signboards of “Smiling Beijing Traffic Police” recently erupted on Beijing’s streets. With only five days to go before the Olympics open, Beijing is all smiles and niceties to worldwide athletes, coaches, journalists and other Olympic visitors in town.

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President to attend Beijing Olympics

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be present at the Beijing Olympics, a senior government official said on Sunday.

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