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FIFA World Cup in Qatar must be played in winter 2022, claims UEFA chief

By Paul Osborne at the Aspire Dome in Doha

Michel Platini has said the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be played in winter ©Getty ImagesUEFA President Michel Platini has claimed the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar must be played in winter, contradicting views expressed by some of Europe's top clubs.

Baku 2015 sign television deal with Japanese company to broadcast inaugural European Games

By Paul Osborne 

TBS has signed an agreement with Baku 2015 to broadcast next year's inaugural European Games ©Baku 2015The Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) will provide coverage of next year's inaugural European Games in Japan following an agreement with Baku 2015, it has been announced. 

Young athletes not durable enough, claims British Olympic 100m champion Christie

By Paul Osborne at the Aspire Dome in Doha

Linford Christie believes the new generation of athletes are not as durable as those of the past ©DohaGOALS ForumThe new generation of athletes are not durable enough these days, claims former world and Olympic 100 metres champion Linford Christie.

Middle Eastern woman among final International Hockey Federation Athletes' Committee appointments

By Emily Goddard

Scott Sandison (right) has been re-appointed as a member of the FIH Athletes' Committee ©Getty ImagesNew Zealand's Beth Smith, Canada's Scott Sandison and Iran's Sanaz Heidari have been appointed as the final members of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Athletes' Committee.

South Africa's Gauteng Province set to make 2024 Olympic bid if IOC change rules

By Daniel Etchells at the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne

Gauteng Province will bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics if the IOC change the bidding rules later this year ©WikipediaSouth Africa's Gauteng Province will bid for the 2024 Olympic Games if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) allows regions, as oppose to just cities, to host the event as part of changes under the Agenda 2020 reform. 

Woman jailed for watching volleyball match should not be a political issue, claims Sheikh Ahmad

By Nick Butler at the InterContinental Hotel in Bangkok

Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah outlined how other cultures must always be respected when considering the Iranian stance ©AFP/Getty ImagesAssociation of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah has claimed different cultures must be respected when considering the woman jailed for a year after attending an International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World League match in Iran. 

ANOC set to follow IOC lead by granting Kosovo membership

By Nick Butler at the InterContinental Hotel in Bangkok

Kosovo will become an ANOC member once their IOC membership is confirmedKosovo will become a member of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) as soon as they are accepted as a full member by the International Olympic Committee, ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah confirmed today.

Mario Vázquez Raña to be absent for PASO Extraordinary General Assembly in Bangkok

By Nick Butler at the InterContinental Hotel in Bangkok

A key PASO meeting will take place in Bangkok tomorrow ©PASOAn Extraordinary General Assembly of the Pan American Sports Organization will take place here tomorrow, with elections being held to decide three Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) representatives for the Americas.

Taekwondo player fails drugs test at Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games

By Nick Butler

An unnamed taekwondo player tested positive at Nanjing 2014, it has been revealed ©Getty ImagesAn unnamed taekwondo player tested positive during the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in August, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revealed today.
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