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Jul 2, 2015

Walsh Jennings sets sight on fourth straight gold

BERLIN (Reuters) – Kerri Walsh Jennings is eyeing her fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro next year but the American beach volleyball champion will have to complete this remarkable feat with a new partner.

The 36-year-old mother of three won gold at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics alongside Misty Mae-Treanor in a partnership hailed as “the best beach volleyball team of all time.”

Jul 2, 2015

Olympics-Walsh Jennings sets sight on fourth straight gold

BERLIN, July 2 (Reuters) – Kerri Walsh Jennings is eyeing her fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro next year but the American beach volleyball champion will have to complete this remarkable feat with a new partner.

The 36-year-old mother of three won gold at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics alongside Misty Mae-Treanor in a partnership hailed as “the best beach volleyball team of all time.”

Jun 18, 2015

Pleas for help to FIFA going unanswered, Nepal official says

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Repeated pleas to embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other senior officials asking for help to end “chaos and lawlessness” in Nepal’s soccer federation (ANFA) have gone unanswered, the Asian body’s vice-president told Reuters on Thursday.

Soccer in the South Asian republic has been in turmoil since soccer’s world governing body FIFA last year launched an investigation into financial irregularities during president Ganesh Thapa’s reign at ANFA.

Jun 18, 2015

Soccer-Pleas for help to FIFA going unanswered, Nepal official says

June 18 (Reuters) – Repeated pleas to embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other senior officials asking for help to end “chaos and lawlessness” in Nepal’s football federation (ANFA) have gone unanswered, the Asian body’s vice-president told Reuters on Thursday.

Football in the South Asian republic has been in turmoil since soccer’s world governing body FIFA last year launched an investigation into financial irregularities during president Ganesh Thapa’s reign at ANFA.

Jun 13, 2015

Baku pays nearly $100 million for Games opening ceremony

BAKU (Reuters) – Friday’s opening ceremony for the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, cost a staggering $95 million (61 million pounds), officials said on Saturday, making it more expensive than most Olympic Games curtain-raisers.

The two-hour long ceremony at Baku’s Olympic stadium deployed about 2,000 volunteer cast members and 350 production staff but was far smaller in size, personnel and duration than the gigantic Olympic productions at summer Games.

Jun 13, 2015

European-Baku pays nearly $100 million for Games opening ceremony

BAKU, June 13 (Reuters) – Friday’s opening ceremony for the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, cost a staggering $95 million, officials said on Saturday, making it more expensive than most Olympic Games curtain-raisers.

The two-hour long ceremony at Baku’s Olympic stadium deployed about 2,000 volunteer cast members and 350 production staff but was far smaller in size, personnel and duration than the gigantic Olympic productions at summer Games.

Jun 13, 2015

European-Media bans have nothing to do with us – Games organisers

BAKU, June 13 (Reuters) – A decision to ban some foreign media from attending the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan this month rested with the government and was not taken by the event’s organisers, officials said on Saturday.

Journalists, including English newspaper The Guardian’s chief sports correspondent, have been refused entry visas but Baku Games organisers said it was the government who was clearing individuals to enter the country based on their own set of criteria.

Jun 13, 2015

Baku organisers prepared for anti-Armenian sentiment

BAKU (Reuters) – The Azeri organisers of the European Games are prepared for anti-Armenian sentiment from the home crowd, they said on Saturday, a day after the neighbouring country’s team was booed at the opening ceremony.

Relations between the two nations have been tense for decades over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and thousands of Azeri spectators booed and jeered the Armenian team loudly as it entered the Olympic stadium during the athletes’ parade on Friday evening.

Jun 13, 2015

European-Baku organisers prepared for anti-Armenian sentiment

BAKU, June 13 (Reuters) – The Azeri organisers of the European Games are prepared for anti-Armenian sentiment from the home crowd, they said on Saturday, a day after the neighbouring country’s team was booed at the opening ceremony.

Relations between the two nations have been tense for decades over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and thousands of Azeri spectators booed and jeered the Armenian team loudly as it entered the Olympic stadium during the athletes’ parade on Friday evening.

Jun 12, 2015

Lady Gaga surprise guest at Games opening ceremony

BAKU (Reuters) – Pop star Lady Gaga sang John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ sitting at a flower-covered piano as the inaugural European Games got off to a glamorous start in the Azeri capital with a dazzling opening ceremony on Friday.

The American six-time Grammy Award winner was a surprise addition to the ceremony, aimed at setting the stage for 16 days of competition in the continent’s first multi-sports event which Azerbaijan hopes will put it firmly on the global sports map.

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