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The International Olympic Committee admitted nine new members on Tuesday but snubbed both soccer's FIFA and athletics' IAAF again as both have struggled with widespread corruption and doping scandals.
Greece, host of the first modern games, was also left out in the cold for the third year running, in the wake of bitter disputes there over control of its national Olympic committee.
Greece is gearing up for the 36th version of Spartathlon, the ultramarathon race that covers 246 kilometers from Athens to Sparta and starts on Friday.
Treading on the footsteps of ancient messenger Pheidippides, the grueling race will this year have 387 participants who hail from 51 countries. They once again include Greek American ultramarathon superstar Dean Karnazis.
France suffered a shock loss to Bulgaria in FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying on Thursday, while Germany stayed perfect.
Unbeaten in the first round of qualifying, France started the second with a surprise defeat in Botevgrad.
Germany and Greece had no such issues, while a pair of NBA stars led the way for Canada.