Olympic24: Reade back on track and hockey clash a sell out

Olympic24: Reade back on track and hockey clash a sell out

14 April 2015 / 07:03

Shanaze Reade has finalised her Rio 2016 target and it's a busy week at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with hockey, boxing and swimming all taking place at venues used for the London 2012 Olympics. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Shanaze Reade returns to Great Britain's track cycling squad
  • GB hockey coach excited about facing Olympic champions Germany
  • British Lionhearts team named for Cuba Domodores clash
  • Silver medals for Katie Summerhayes and James Woods at AFP World Championships
  • Adam Peaty, Jazz Carlin, Georgia Davies and Siobhan-Marie O'Connor excited for British Championships
  • Laugher stars in 12-strong British squad for Diving World Series in London
  • IOC set up new hotline for sporting integrity worries
  • Great Britain's start ice hockey World Championships with a win

Reade back on the track for Rio 2016

Shanaze Reade is back training with Great Britain track cycling sprint squad.

The three-time BMX world champion and two-time Olympian won world titles with Victoria Pendleton in 2007 and 2008 before focussing solely on BMX racing. She briefly returned to the track before London 2012.

"This is good news as Shanaze is a terrific athlete with a big personality and an appetite for competition," said British Cycling's Shane Sutton.

"Shanaze is coming back to train with the squad with a view to seeing what kind of contribution she can make to the performance of the team."

Crutchley wants to see benefit of home advantage

Great Britain's men's hockey coach Bobby Crutchley believes a full-house crowd for tonight's Nations Cup clash with Olympic champions Germany will be perfect preparation for challenges to come.

A capacity crowd of 3,000 will witness the return of international hockey to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will host the EuroHockey Championships later this year.

“It’s so important to play these one off internationals in front of crowds as we head into a summer of big tournaments; it’s great experience for the younger members of the squad," said Crutchley.

"We played Germany last month in Mannheim and that game finished in a draw and I’m sure this will be another close encounter against a quality opponent."

Glasgow stars head Lionhearts team

Commonwealth Games medallists Sam Maxwell and Sean McGoldrick head the British Lionhearts team for this week's World Series of Boxing clash with the Cuba Domodores.

Light welterweight Maxwell has won four of five bouts and takes on unbeaten rival Yasnier Toledo Lopez, the London 2012 bronze medallist, at the Copper Box on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Bantamweight McGoldrick has also lost only one in five WSB fights but takes on another unbeaten opponent, Andy Cruz Gomez.

Elsewhere, Joe Maphosa and Felix Cash makes their WSB debuts at light flyweight and middleweight.

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Silver haul for Summerhayes and Woods

Katie Summerhayes and James Woods concluded their seasons with silver medal hauls at the Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Championships in Whistler.

"This was probably one of the toughest comps of the year as it was the last major AFP event and all the top dogs wanted to get a good result to finish the season," said coach Pat Sharples.

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Best of British ready for national championships

The British Swimming Championship start today at the London Aquatic Centre, with medals and World Championship places up for grabs.

Jazz Carlin is looking for a big week after a 2014 to remember while Adam Peaty is staying grounded after establishing himself as the world's top ranked 100m breaststroker in 2015.

Georgia Davies is looking forward to a return to the Olympic pool and teenager Siobhan-Marie O'Connor is seeking to defend her 200m medley and freestyle titles from 12 months ago.

For the race timetable and latest results click here and tickets are still available for some sessions - http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/feature/british-swimming

Laugher ready for home advantage at Diving World Series

Jack Laugher is excited about next month's FINA/NVC Diving World Series in London after being named alongside Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley in the 12-strong British squad.

Laugher won 3m springboard gold in the Dubai leg of the series and will also compete in the synchro event with partner Chris Mears. 

“I’m really excited to get to London,” Laugher told British Swimming

“It was the first competition me and Chris did synchro together at that level so it will be great to go back and see how we can do. The venue is very special and I’ll have my family and friends in the crowd."

New integrity and compliance hotline set up by IOC

The International Olympic Committee have set up a hotline to allow athletes, coaches, officials and members of the public to report match-fixing and other corruption.

The web-based integrity and compliance hotline will offer '100 percent anonymity' for anyone with concerns about manipulation of competitions or violations of the IOC ethics code, including financial misconduct.

The move was announced at an international summit meeting on sports integrity chaired by IOC President Thomas Bach.

"The ultimate goal of all this is to protect the clean athletes and to give them, as far as we can, fair competition," he said.

Richardson at the double for Great Britain

Two goals from Cardiff Devils player Mark Richardson gave Great Britain a dramatic 3-2 overtime win against Croatia in their opening game in Division 1 Group B of the World Championships in Eindhoven.

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