By Andrew Barr

The International Olympic Committee has dismissed claims by an American swimming coach that Ye Shiwen’s gold medal win for China was “suspicious”.

John Leonard, who is also the executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, suggested that 16-year-old Shiwen’s record-beating performance in the 400 metre individual medley could have been aided by doping.

Launch of evaluation findings and new football partnership at Dens Park

Mental health charity SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) will today unveil the positive results of an independent evaluation of its Get Active Community Engagement Pilot Project.

Get Active helps people to improve their mental health through physical activity and sport and was launched in 2009 by SAMH’s Ambassador Sir Chris Hoy, who is currently competing at the London Olympics.

By a Newsnet Reporter
 
The 2012 season of the historic Border common ridings may have just two weeks left to run, but some would claim that two of the best of the season lie ahead. 
 
Today, Friday 27th July the common riding spotlight falls on Langholm. For Langholmites, today is “Langholms Great Day” and many exiles will have made the journey from all corners of Scotland and beyond to hear the first Cryin o’ the fair in the Muckle Toon at 5am this morning.

By a Newsnet reporter

A campaign group calling for an end to what it claims is a skewing of the news by BBC Scotland, has announced a second demonstration.
 
Scheduled for this Saturday 28th July between 11am and 4pm, the group, made up of members of the public concerned about falling standards of reporting at the BBC, will gather at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay HQ in Glasgow to protest about what they claim are deliberate attempts by elements within BBC Scotland to “misinform and mislead” Scottish viewers.

A Newsnet analysis by GEORGE KEREVAN 
 
THIS week, while the Coalition at Westminster was cutting the British army by a fifth and reducing famous regiments to mere names on a barrack cupboard, Tory and Labour MPs spent their time holding an “inquiry” into the “security implications” of Scottish independence.