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Queen photobombs Commonwealth Games athlete selfie

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Queen Elizabeth II is quickly making her mark on the Commonwealth Games.

She arrived in style at the Opening Ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday night, in the backseat of a car strolling inside the Celtic Park soccer stadium to roaring applause.

She then laughed off a glitch in the proceedings as Prince Imran of Malaysia, the Commonwealth Games Federation president, struggled to open the Commonwealth baton that contained a hidden message to hand to the Queen to read.

Scottish Olympic champion cyclist Chris Hoy assisted, and the Queen declared the Games open.

Then, on the first day of competition Thursday, the Queen got up close with the athletes, as evidenced by this photo posted on Australia field hockey player Jayde Taylor‘s Twitter:

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Seb Coe splits from Nike as IAAF president

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International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe announced in a press conference Thursday that he dropped his sponsorship deal with Nike, according to reports.

He was sponsored by the brand going back to his days as a professional athlete – he won the 1,500m in 1980 and 1984. His role at Nike included acting as an international advisor and campaign ambassador for “Designed to Move,” aimed at tackling lethargy, Sports Illustrated said.

Coe was voted into office as IAAF president in August for a four-year term, but had since been under scrutiny by British media over the potential conflict of interest. Previously, he acted as the head of the London 2012 Olympic Organizing Committee.

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Hamburg voters to decide on 2024 Olympic bid

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HAMBURG, Germany (AP) – Hamburg’s bid for the 2024 Olympics faces a public referendum Sunday among voters in the north German port city.

Organizers hope the bid that has already been submitted to the International Olympic Committee won’t share the same fate as Munich’s proposed candidacy for the 2022 Winter Games. That bid was rejected in a referendum.

German Olympic Sports Confederation president Alfons Hoermann says “we’re giving the baton to the people of Hamburg and Kiel,” referring to the nearby city where sailing events would be held.

More than 40 percent of the 1.3 million people eligible to vote have already done so through a postal ballot.

Hoermann says “the excellent turnout that has emerged shows the Olympic Games project has been taken on by the city.”

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