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USOC backs proposal for dual award of 2024, 2028 Olympics Games

LOS ANGELES: A top U.S. Olympic Committee official has welcomed the prospect of the 2024 and 2028 Games being awarded simultaneously, which would all but guarantee Los Angeles as one of the hosts. Earlier this month, the International Olympic Committee’s executive board recommended that hosting rights for both Games be awarded at the same time. Los Angeles and Paris are ...

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Prince F.A.B Adenekan re-elected Vice President of Nigerian Wrestling Federation

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): Prince. F.A.B Adenekan, has been re-elected un-opposed as Vice President of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation at the just-concluded National Sports Federation’s elections held on Tuesday in Abuja, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. Prince Adenekan, who is the Chairman of Laofem Nigeria Limited, a Lagos-based Steel Structural Engineering Company, was re-elected as Vice President to Daniel Igali, who also won ...

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Former Ivory Coast midfielder Tiote dies aged 30

BEIJING, –: Former Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote collapsed and died in training with his Chinese club on Monday, his agent confirmed. “It is with deep sadness that I confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises,” agent Emanuele Palladino told Sky Sports. Tiote played for English club ...

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FIFA announces Chinese sponsor Vivo for 2018, 2022 World Cups

  ZURICH: Global football body FIFA announced another Chinese sponsor on Wednesday, saying that smartphone maker Vivo will be a backer for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. FIFA is trying to recover from the worst corruption scandal in its history and has been struggling to sign up sponsors since several dozen football officials, including several in senior FIFA positions, ...

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Golfer Tiger Woods arrested in Florida on DUI charge

WASHINGTON: Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods was arrested in South Florida on Monday (May 29) on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to media reports. Woods, who is second on the all-time list with 14 major titles, was taken into custody at about 3.00am (3.oopm Singapore time) near his Jupiter Island home ...

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China’s table tennis coach sued over Singapore gambling debt

HONG KONG: Kong Linghui, one of China’s best-known table tennis players and now head coach of the country’s national women’s team, is facing a HK$2.55 million (US$327,000) lawsuit over a gambling debt to a luxury hotel in Singapore, according to a Hong Kong court writ. Singapore has become a playground for Asia’s rich and famous, luring cash-rich Chinese gamblers who ...

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Football: Chicharito becomes Mexico’s leading goalscorer

LOS ANGELES: Javier Hernandez passed Jared Borgetti as Mexico’s all-time leading scorer on Saturday when his goal in their 2-1 defeat to Croatia took his tally to 47. The Bayer Leverkusen striker rose to head home a free kick at the far post with four minutes left in the match. Duje Cop and Fran Tudor had put Croatia 2-0 by ...

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Qatar set for official launch of World Cup 2022 stadium

Work has been completed on the first proposed venue for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – the 40,000-seater Khalifa International Stadium –  which will be officially launched this Friday for the 2017 Emir Cup final, five years ahead of the gala sports event. Announcing this on Wednesday, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for ...

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Tribute to Chapecoense

  Wembley Stadium’s arch is illuminated in green, in London, Britain on November 29. The arch was lit in the traditional team colours of Brazilian football club Chapecoense after members of the team were killed in a plane crash in Medellin, Colombia on November 28.  EPA/Will Oliver

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Plane carrying Brazilian soccer players crashes in Colombia

  A chartered aircraft with 81 people on board, including players from a Brazilian soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, crashed on its way to Medellin’s international airport, said a report. Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez said Tuesday that it is possible some of the passengers on the ill-fated British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, may have survived ...

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Qatar-China JV wins 2022 World Cup stadium contract

Leading Qatari contractor HBK Contracting said its joint venture with China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) has won the main contract for 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium near Doha. The announcement from the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) comes following the successful completion of the schematic design of the iconic stadium by British architectural firm Foster + Partners. Located in Lusail, ...

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To love is human

  Track marshals form the word ‘Love’ during the Mexico’s Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico, on October 30. Lewis Hamilton won the race, marking his 51st career victory. The pole-to-flag victory was the triple world champion’s eighth of the season and put him level with France’s Alain Prost in the all-time lists of ...

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Bomb plot targeting Saudi stadium thwarted

  Saudi security officials thwarted a terror plot targeting a stadium in Jeddah prior to an international football match between the Saudi team and  the UAE, authorities have announced. The four suspects have been arrested after foiling the plot which targeted the Al-Jowharah Stadium on October 11, a spokesman of the Ministry of Interior said. The authorities also brought down ...

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South Africa coach Domingo gets contract extension

CAPE TOWN: South Africa have extended the contract of coach Russell Domingo until after next year’s tour to England, Cricket South Africa said on Wednesday. The 42-year-old took over from Gary Kirsten in mid-2013 but his current contract was due to run out in April after South Africa return from a tour to New Zealand. “The Board believed the best ...

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Qatar 2022 stadium achieves major construction milestone

Al Rayyan Stadium, the proposed host venue through to the quarter-finals for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, achieved a major milestone today as the first concrete was poured at the location of the stadium’s West stand five weeks ahead of schedule. The main contractor for Al Rayyan Stadium is a joint venture between Qatar-based Al-Balagh Trading & Contracting Company ...

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Athletics – More than a million people apply for London 2017 tickets

LONDON: More than a million people have applied for tickets for next year’s world athletics championships in London where greats Usain Bolt and Mo Farah will compete for the final time on the track. Jamaican Bolt, who completed a triple-triple of 100, 200 and 4×100 metres relay at last month’s Olympics, and Briton Farah, who retained the 5,000 and 10,000 ...

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Most cities too hot to host summer Olympics by 2085

  In 70 years, most cities in the Northern Hemisphere will be unfit to host the summer Olympics due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, according to a medical journal’s findings published this week. “Our study using climate change projection shows that there will be very few cities at the end of the century that will be able to ...

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Olympic broadcast revenue jumps 7.1pc to top $4bn

  Olympic broadcast revenues reached $4.1 billion from 2013 to 2016, a 7.1 per cent increase from the previous four years, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The sale of broadcasting rights provides the IOC with 74 percent of its revenue, which it then distributes to national organizing committees and international sports federations to support athletes. By by the ...

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Old is gold

  The oldest medal winner of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games 54-year-old lung cancer survivor Santiago Lange (L) and Cecilia Carranza Saroli (R) of Argentina react to receiving the gold during the awards ceremony in the Nacra 17 Mixed class of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Sailing events at the Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August ...

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Olympic Torch arrives in Rio

Eduardo Paes (L), Mayor of Rio de Janeiro receives the Olympic Torch upon its arrival to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 3. The 2016 Olympic Games will be held from August 5 to 21.  EPA/Antonio Lacerda

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Goal Rio

Members of the Serbia basketball women team pose for photographers in the Olympic village prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 2. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place from August 5 to 21. EPA/Sergei Ilnitsky

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Olympics: Sports court to rule on Russian athletes competing at Rio by Jul 21

LAUSANNE: Athletics’ governing body the IAAF and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) have agreed to let the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rule on whether Russian athletes can compete at the Rio Games, CAS said Monday (Jul 4). “ROC, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and 68 Russian athletes have concluded a specific arbitration agreement to designate (CAS) ...

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Football: Malaysian businessman buys second-tier Italian club Bari

  KUALA LUMPUR: Italy’s Serie B football club FC Bari 1908 S.P.A now has a new Malaysian owner, Malaysian media reported on Tuesday (Apr 12). The second-tier club said in a statement on Monday it had come to preliminary agreement with businessman Noordin Ahmad, who has acquired a 50-per cent stake in the club, the New Straits Times reported. No ...

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Football: Platini appeals ban at sports tribunal

LAUSANNE: UEFA president Michel Platini on Wednesday (Mar 2) made a formal appeal against his six year ban from football at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the tribunal said. The French football legend and former FIFA leader Sepp Blatter were banned for six years each over a two million dollar payment made by FIFA to Platini. – AFP/yt

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Arabs lament missed opportunity at big Fifa race

The Arab region squandered the chance to help elect their first FIFA president because their two candidates failed to co-operate, leaving the door open for Swiss Gianni Infantino to triumph on Friday, Arab soccer chiefs and pundits said. UEFA’s Infantino got 88 votes in the first round, three more than Asian Football Confederation (AFC) chief Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al ...

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Kenya could pull out of Rio Olympics due to Zika concerns:committee head

ATHENS: Kenya could pull out of this year’s Rio Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil, the head of Kenya’s Olympics committee said on Tuesday. Kenya boasts some of the best middle and long-distance runners in the world and the East African nation topped the medals table at the 2015 World athletics championships. “Obviously, we are ...

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AEB wins Qatar stadium consultancy contract

Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), the oldest architectural and engineering consulting firm in Qatar, has been appointed as the design consultant by Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) for the eighth proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be located in Al Thumama area of the country, said a report. The 40,000-seat stadium will host matches ...

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Sport brings $1.08bn a year to Dubai economy

  Sport contributes $1.08 billion to Dubai’s economy per annum, a report by consultants Deloitte revealed on Thursday. Golf is the biggest contributor, providing $270 million — or 25 percent — of the emirate’s total sports revenue in the 12 months to September 1, 2015, Nick Tarratt, director of European Tour International – Dubai, told a news conference. These figures ...

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Attackers planned multiple blasts in German stadium

A group of several attackers planned to set off multiple explosives in Hanover soccer stadium at Tuesday night’s friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands, which was called off, daily Bild reported on Thursday. Bild said it had obtained a copy of a document that Germany’s domestic intelligence service provided to Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Tuesday, the contents ...

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Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets are World U17 Champions

The Nigeria U17 team, the Golden Eaglets, have successfully defended their FIFA U17 World Cup title after recording a 2-0 victory over their West African foes, Mali, in the early hours of Monday. After a largely even first half contest in which Nigeria missed a penalty inside the first four minutes, Golden Eaglets gangling striker, Victor Osimhen, broke the deadlock ...

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Arab royals battle for Fifa leadership

Two Arab royals are set to face off for control of Fifa with the main battleground likely to be Europe, the home of world soccer’s scandal-hit governing body. The election to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of Fifa took a fresh twist on Friday as the president of Asian soccer Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain entered ...

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Julius Baer says reports on its FIFA involvement are wrong

ZURICH: Swiss private bank Julius Baer said on Thursday media reports about its involvement with world soccer body FIFA were incorrect. It was responding to an advance summary of a report on Wednesday by the Handelszeitung paper which formed the basis of a number of news stories. “This preliminary information, which contains wrong statements, was partially corrected by Handelszeitung for ...

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As lawyers took control at Fifa, Blatter became isolated

Fifa President Sepp Blatter’s loss of control of soccer’s world governing body had been evident to staff in its hilltop glass headquarters here well before Thursday’s announcement by FifaA’s Ethics Committee that he had been suspended. The Swiss national who has won five successive elections to dominate Fifa for 17 years had become increasingly isolated in the months following the ...

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Putin’s game

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a gala game opening match of the Night Hockey League new season in Sochi, Russia, on October 7 2015. – EPA/Alexey Nikolsky

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Kuwait threatened with Fifa ban

Kuwait, home to influential sports power broker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, has been threatened with a ban by Fifa because of government interference in the running of the local football association. World governing body Fifa has given the Kuwait Football Association until next week to avoid the implementation of a new set of sports laws that Fifa believes threaten the ...

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Oman rejects Israeli request for bodyguards

Israel has withdrawn from the world windsurfing championships in Oman this month after failing to agree with the sultanate on security arrangements for its athletes, an Israeli official said on Wednesday. An official with Israel’s Shin Bet security service said the trip to the October 17-24 regatta was cancelled after Oman declined to allow Israeli bodyguards to escort the athletes. ...

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Swiss target Blatter in criminal probe

Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter, the head of world soccer body Fifa, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds, the Swiss attorney general’s office said on Friday. It said Blatter was interrogated after a meeting of Fifa’s executive committee in Zurich, and authorities carried out a search at the organisation’s headquarters on Friday. ...

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Football: Brazil court freezes Neymar assets worth US$47m

SAO PAULO: A Brazilian court on Friday (Sep 25) froze US$47 million (S$67 million) in assets belonging to football superstar Neymar over tax evasion allegations surrounding the Barcelona striker. Judge Carlos Muta wrote in a ruling that Neymar – who is facing fraud claims in a separate case in Spain – had been subjected to a “special fine” concerning alleged ...

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