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Nov 6, 2014

Olympics-Winter Games will not move for World Cup – OCA boss

BANGKOK, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Asia’s top Olympic official has ruled out the possibility of the 2022 Winter Olympics being shifted from its traditional February time-slot to avoid clashing with the World Cup, saying FIFA needed to sort out its own problems.

Soccer’s world governing body is currently considering whether to move the 2022 World Cup, scheduled to be played in Qatar in June and July, to a cooler time of the year to avoid the hottest months in the Middle East.

Nov 5, 2014

Armenia vow to compete at European Games in Azerbaijan

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Armenia has agreed to participate in next year’s inaugural European games in Azerbaijan despite the ongoing dispute between the two countries.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been in conflict over the breakaway enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh region for more than two decades.

Nov 5, 2014

Games-Armenia vow to compete at European Games in Azerbaijan

BANGKOK, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Armenia has agreed to participate in next year’s inaugural European games in Azerbaijan despite the ongoing dispute between the two countries.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been in conflict over the breakaway enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh region for more than two decades.

Nov 5, 2014

Asian Olympic chief asks for report on jailed Iranian protestor

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Asia’s most powerful sports official has asked Iran for a report on the imprisonment of an Iranian-British woman who took part in a demonstration in Tehran against a ban on females attending some men’s sporting events.

Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was jailed for a year for spreading anti-state propaganda, Iranian media said, after being arrested for demanding that women be allowed to watch a volleyball match between Iran and Italy.

Nov 5, 2014

Olympics-Asian Olympic chief asks for report on jailed Iranian protestor

BANGKOK, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Asia’s most powerful sports official has asked Iran for a report on the imprisonment of an Iranian-British woman who took part in a demonstration in Tehran against a ban on females attending some men’s sporting events.

Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was jailed for a year for spreading anti-state propaganda, Iranian media said, after being arrested for demanding that women be allowed to watch a volleyball match between Iran and Italy.

Nov 5, 2014

World beach games set to be launched in 2017

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A brand new international multi-sports event, featuring games including American flag football, skateboarding and jet ski races, could be added to the global sports calendar from 2017.

Although the yet-to-be-named world beach games will not carry the Olympic tag, they will be run by SportAccord and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), which comprises more than 200 member states recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

Nov 5, 2014

Olympics–World beach games set to be launched in 2017

BANGKOK, Nov 5 (Reuters) – A brand new international multi-sports event, featuring games including American flag football, skateboarding and jet ski races, could be added to the global sports calendar from 2017.

Although the yet-to-be-named world beach games will not carry the Olympic tag, they will be run by SportAccord and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), which comprises more than 200 member states recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

Oct 31, 2014

Le Clos confident of beating Phelps again in Rio

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Chad le Clos, one of the few men to have beaten Michael Phelps at the Olympics, has thrown down the challenge to his old rival, urging him to get back into training so they can have a rematch at Rio in 2016.

The South African pulled one of the biggest upsets of the 2012 London Olympics when he got his hands on the wall ahead of Phelps after a dog fight to win the gold medal in the 200 meters butterfly.

Oct 31, 2014

Swimming-Le Clos confident of beating Phelps again in Rio

SINGAPORE, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Chad le Clos, one of the few men to have beaten Michael Phelps at the Olympics, has thrown down the challenge to his old rival, urging him to get back into training so they can have a rematch at Rio in 2016.

The South African pulled one of the biggest upsets of the 2012 London Olympics when he got his hands on the wall ahead of Phelps after a dog fight to win the gold medal in the 200 metres butterfly.

Oct 31, 2014

FINA stands by decision to honor Putin

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Swimming’s world governing body has defended a decision to award it highest honor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying it had nothing to do with politics.

FINA has been criticized over the timing of the decision with relations between Russia and the NATO alliance under strain, but the body’s executive director Cornel Marculescu told Reuters that the award was related only to sport.

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