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Nov 28, 2012

Tiny Maldives land AFC Challenge Cup

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asia’s emerging soccer nations will contest the next AFC Challenge Cup in the Maldives, the continent’s soccer body said on Wednesday, but North Korea will not defend their title.

The island nation of the Maldives, Asia’s smallest, was awarded the hosting rights for the 2014 edition of the eight-team finals by the Asian Football Confederation’s competitions committee, meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

Nov 28, 2012

Soccer-Tiny Maldives land AFC Challenge Cup

SINGAPORE, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Asia’s emerging soccer nations will contest the next AFC Challenge Cup in the Maldives, the continent’s soccer body said on Wednesday, but North Korea will not defend their title.

The island nation of the Maldives, Asia’s smallest, was awarded the hosting rights for the 2014 edition of the eight-team finals by the Asian Football Confederation’s competitions committee, meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

Nov 10, 2012

Rubble and dust mask Games splendour, Sochi on track

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Amid the dust and the rubble, and the rumbling, wheezing construction vehicles, it takes a fair stretch of imagination to picture Sochi’s Winter Olympic playground in its pomp.

But ignore the landscape of lorries and cement mixers hauling materials up and down the sometimes unmade roads.

Nov 10, 2012

Olympics-Rubble and dust mask Games splendour, Sochi on track

SOCHI, Russia, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Amid the dust and the rubble, and the rumbling, wheezing construction vehicles, it takes a fair stretch of imagination to picture Sochi’s Winter Olympic playground in its pomp.

But ignore the landscape of lorries and cement mixers hauling materials up and down the sometimes unmade roads.

Oct 18, 2012

Sacked British coach exonerated by Malaysian FA

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Malaysian Football Association has torn up the case against British coach Peter Butler, overturned a six-month suspension and ordered his Terengganu club to buy him out of his contract, the ex-West Ham United player told Reuters on Thursday.

“I’ve won,” the 46-year-old said in a phone call minutes after being cleared by the FAM. “I’m just relieved it is all over. This is not about money, this is about my integrity and my reputation.”

Oct 18, 2012

Soccer-Sacked British coach exonerated by Malaysian FA

SINGAPORE, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The Malaysian Football Association has torn up the case against British coach Peter Butler, overturned a six-month suspension and ordered his Terengganu club to buy him out of his contract, the ex-West Ham United player told Reuters on Thursday.

“I’ve won,” the 46-year-old said in a phone call minutes after being cleared by the FAM. “I’m just relieved it is all over. This is not about money, this is about my integrity and my reputation.”

Oct 15, 2012

Surreal scenes as hosts cheer visitors Laos

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Myanmar’s soccer team had to contend with a tenacious Laotian attack, and their own jeering fans, as they ground out a goalless draw to secure their qualification for next month’s Asean Football Federation Cup.

In stifling Yangon heat the Myanmar team collected the point they needed to secure a berth in the November 24-December 22 tournament, but won over few fans with their defensive performance.

Oct 15, 2012

Soccer-Surreal scenes as hosts cheer visitors Laos

SINGAPORE, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s soccer team had to contend with a tenacious Laotian attack, and their own jeering fans, as they ground out a goalless draw to secure their qualification for next month’s Asean Football Federation Cup.

In stifling Yangon heat the Myanmar team collected the point they needed to secure a berth in the Nov. 24-Dec. 22 tournament, but won over few fans with their defensive performance.

Sep 18, 2012

Chinese miss Japan Open as diplomatic spat rages

By Ossian Shine

(Reuters) – China has pulled its badminton players out of this week’s Japan Open amid a worsening political crisis over disputed islands, leaving organizers to hastily re-draw for the event.

An official at the Tokyo championships, speaking on condition of anonymity, said none of the Chinese players expected for the tournament had appeared.

Aug 2, 2012

Olympics-Putin scores win in judo diplomacy

LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Black belt Vladimir Putin took on
Britain’s David Cameron in judo diplomacy at the Olympics on
Thursday and had the satisfaction of seeing a Russian win the
nation’s third judo gold of the London Games.

The Russian president, who cultivates a macho image based
partly on his judo skills, leapt to his feet with both fists
aloft when Tagir Khaibulaev defeated his Mongolian opponent.

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