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Unpredictable weather a major challenge ahead of Asian Beach Games, admits Minister

By Nick Butler at the Karon Central Beach Volleyball venue in Phuket

Thailand's Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul greets OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah this morning ©Phuket 2014Dealing with heavy rain and strong tides has been a major challenge ahead of the Asian Beach Games, Thailand's Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul admitted to insidethegames here this morning.

Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships set to begin in Edinburgh

By Daniel Etchells

Great Britain's Jade Jones is favourite to win the women's under 57kg title at the 2014 Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships ©Getty ImagesHundreds of international martial artists will descend on Scotland this weekend as the 2014 Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships take place in Edinburgh.

Britain hoping for success as Truesdale heads to European Para-Taekwondo Championships

By Emily Goddard

Amy Truesdale will be aiming for success at the upcoming European Para-Taekwondo Championships ©British TaekwondoBritish Taekwondo is hoping for success at the European Para-Taekwondo Championships with Amy Truesdale set to compete in the event just months after collecting her first World Championship gold medal.

Former Sports Minister presented with Emeritus Award for contribution to sport during London 2012

By Paul Osborne

Hugh receives the Emeritus Award from Andy Reed, chair of the Sport Recreation Alliance, at their Leadership Convention in Leeds ©SRASir Hugh Robertson, the Member of Parliament for Faversham and Mid Kent, has been awarded the Sport and Recreation Alliance's prestigious Emeritus Award for his contribution to sport during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Garcia questions findings of FIFA report into 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding processes

By Daniel Etchells

Michael Garcia, FIFA's ethics investigator, has reopened the debate on the bidding process for both the 2018 and 2022 competitions ©Getty ImagesMichael Garcia, FIFA's ethics investigator, who conducted an 18-month inquiry into allegations of corruption surrounding the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, has questioned the findings released today.

Egypt withdraws from 2014 World Short Course Championships in Qatar

By Paul Osborne

Egypt has withdrawn from the 2014 World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha, Qatar ©Getty ImagesEgypt has withdrawn from the 2014 World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha.

OCA official reminds NOCs to respect "importance" of Asian Beach Games

By Nick Butler at the Dusit D2 Resort Hotel in Phuket

OCA official Wei Jizhong (right) has reminded all NOCs of the importance of the Asian Beach Games ©Phuket 2014Participating National Olympic Committees have been reminded to respect the "Asian Beach Games concept" following several late withdrawals on the eve of the Phuket 2014 Opening Ceremony here tomorrow.

2017 Weightlifting World Championships to be held in Penang

By Brian Oliver at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty

Penang will host the 2017 IWF World Championships ©Getty ImagesThe 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships will be held in Penang, Malaysia, it has been announced. 

IPC pleased with preparations for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

By Daniel Etchells

The International Paralympic Committee has completed its sixth project review of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games ©Rio 2016/Alex FerroThe International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has claimed it is pleased with the "significant progress" that has been made towards staging the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games following its latest visit to the host city.
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