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Every team knew the rules claim FIBA as Qatar's women basketball team pull out of Incheon 2014 over hijab row

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

Qatar have pulled out of the Asian Games as the hijab ban continues ©Twitter"Regret" has been expressed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) after Qatar's female basketball team pulled out of the Asian Games due to a ban on wearing headgear, although the governing body insist "all National Member Federations were aware of the Official Basketball Rules".

Having teams from Oceania at Asian Games could damage rowing and rugby development, warn top officials

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

Oceanian nations, such as Fiji, would significantly raise the standard of the rugby sevens competition at the Asian Games ©Getty ImagesHaving Oceanic rugby and rowing teams at the Asian Games could suffocate the sports development in the continent, leading officials from those two sports have warned. 

South African Government is "engaged" in Durban bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games

By Duncan Mackay

South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has promised that the Government is behind Durban's bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games ©Getty ImagesSouth Africa's Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has claimed that hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022 would be a major stepping-stone to one day staging the Olympics. 

Bergen to host 2017 Road Cycling World Championships

By Emily Goddard

Bergen in Norway will host the 2017 UCI Road World Championships ©WikipediaThe International Cycling Union (UCI) has awarded the 2017 Road Cycling World Championships to the Norwegian city of Bergen.

Doha claim hosting 2019 IAAF World Championships offers opportunity in "untapped market"

By Duncan Mackay 

Doha will face rivals Barcelona and Eugene in its bid to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships ©Doha 2019Doha today released details of his bid to host the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships as it was officially confirmed that they will face Barcelona and Eugene. 

IOC appoints Kyodo News as national news agency for Tokyo 2020

By Duncan Mackay

Kyodo News have been appointed as the official news agency of Tokyo 2020 ©Kyodo NewsKyodo News has been appointed as the host national news agency for Tokyo 2020 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the company announced on its website today. 

FIBT approves mixed-gender four-man bobsleigh teams

Emily Goddard

The four-man bobsleigh can now feature both male and female athletes ©Getty ImagesThe International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (FIBT) has announced that both men and women will now be able to compete in four-man bobsleigh.

Association of Tennis Professionals threaten Asian Games players with three-year bans

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

Taiwanese star Lu Yen-hsun is among the players who faces a fine and ban if he does not withdraw from the Asian Games ©Getty ImagesLeading male tennis players have reportedly been threatened with a three-year ban and a $100,000 (£61,000/€78,000) fine if they do not withdraw from the singles competition at the Asian Games to compete at the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) China Open in Beijing.

West Ham United reveal details of Olympic Stadium hospitality package as new images released

By Paul Osborne

West Ham has released new CGI images of what the Olympic Stadium will look like once renovation work in completed ©West HamWest Ham United has released new CGI images of what the Olympic Stadium will look like once renovation work has been completed and also revealed details of their hospitality package. 
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