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Published:Saturday | July 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Felix expects to be close to 100 per cent for Rio


U.S. runner Allyson Felix says she expects to be close to 100 percent when 400-metre qualifying begins on August 13.

Felix, who hurt her right ankle during training this spring, was at less than 100 per cent earlier this month when she ran in the U.S. Olympic trials.

She failed to qualify for her favourite race, the 200 metres and will not have a chance to defend her Olympic title at that distance.

At the U.S. training camp on Friday, Felix said she doesn't think she'll ever get past the disappointment of not getting to go for the 200-400 double, but she's focused on the task at hand. The 400m finals are set for August 15.

IOC to monitor illegal betting, match-fixing

RIO DE JANEIRO, (AP): The International Olympic Committee has set up a special unit to monitor any illegal betting, match-fixing or other illegal activity during the games in Rio de Janeiro.

The IOC says the Joint Integrity Intelligence Unit will work with experts from the Rio organising committee in the athletes village and "behind the scenes" at the games. An existing betting monitoring system has also been reinforced.

The IOC says the integrity unit will be responsible for "the prevention, monitoring and assessment of any unethical activity" related to the games. The programme will be supported by Brazil's Department of Federal Police, the national secretariat for security at major events, and Interpol.

Isinbayeva Olympic appeal refused


Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva says she has been refused after pleading with the IAAF to allow her to compete at the Rio Olympics.

Isinbayeva was excluded as part of the IAAF's ban on the Russian track and field team, which was upheld last week at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

She says in an Instagram post that she had filed an application with the IAAF as an individual to have her case reconsidered, but "they didn't make an exception for me."

Says Isinbayeva: "The miracle didn't happen."

The 34-year-old Isinbayeva has previously said she plans to retire if she does not go to the Olympics, but did not comment on that in her post.

French president to meet Paris 2024 Olympic bid committee


French President Francois Hollande is flying out to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next week to help support Paris with its Olympic bid.

The Elysee palace says that Hollande will be in Rio on Thursday, where he will meet with members of the Paris 2024 bid committee and have lunch with French athletes in the Olympic village.

After meeting in the afternoon with IOC members Cheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah, Patrick Hickey and John Coates who is the IOC's vice-president he will attend a dinner with IOC president Thomas Bach.

Hollande will meet privately with Bach on Friday morning and then take part in a Paris 2024 news conference.

The other bidders for 2024 are Budapest, Hungary; Los Angeles; and Rome. The IOC will select the host city in September 2017.