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Russian pair Mamun and Kudryavtseva tighten grip on Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships

By Zjan Shirinian

Margarita Mamun dazzled in Izmir to top ribbon qualification at the halfway stage ©AFP/Getty ImagesRussian pair Margarita Mamun and Yana Kudryavtseva have maintained their grip on the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships by sitting first and second in ribbon qualification in Izmir.

Favourites assert dominance on day two of Volleyball Women's World Championship

By Paul Osborne

Tournament favourites asserted their dominance on the FIVB Volleyball Womens World Championships on day two of competition ©Getty ImagesTournament favourites have begun to assert their dominance at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship in Italy, as they once again confirm their supremacy on the world stage.

Israel off to bright start at IBSA Goalball European Championships

By Paul Osborne

Israel have taken a commanding lead at the IBSA Goalball European Championships Men & Women B ©Kalocsai RichárdIsrael are proving the team to beat at the International Blind Sports Federation Goalball European Championships Men & Women B, as they recorded back-to-back victories on the opening day of competition in Budapest.

Qatar women forfeit Incheon 2014 basketball match after ban on wearing hijab

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

Qatar's women's basketball team were banned from playing wearing a hijab ©AFP/Getty ImagesQatar's female basketball team forfeited their opening match at the Asian Games here this afternoon after being refused permission to wear the hijab, in what they claimed was a stand against a "discriminatory policy" against Muslim women.

FIFA vice-president calls for report on alleged World Cup bid corruption to be made "open to the public"

By Paul Osborne

Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has called for the report in allegations of corruption in World Cup bids to be made public ©Getty ImagesFIFA vice-president Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has called for the report into alleged corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids to be made "open to the public".

British-Iranian citizen charged with "propaganda against the regime" after attending FIVB volleyball match in Iran

By Paul Osborne

Ghoncheh Ghavami has been officially charged with "propaganda against the regime" after attending a mens volleyball match in Tehran ©Change.orgA British-Iranian citizen arrested for attending a men's volleyball match in Tehran has been formally charged with "propaganda against the regime" - an offence that carries a possible prison term of several years.

Exclusive: Probe after Russian volleyball player "spat at Polish politician" and made "machine gun" gesture at fans

By Paul Osborne

Alexey Spiridonov is facing the FIVB Disciplianry Panel after allegedly spitting at a fan during the Volleyball World Championships ©Getty ImagesInternational Volleyball Federation (FIVB) President Dr Ary S Graça has said the actions of Russian volleyball star Alexy Spiridonov during the World Championships in Poland are "unacceptable" after he allegedly spat at a local politician and mimicked a machine gun action at fans.

Azerbaijan Airlines named latest official partner of Baku 2015

By Paul Osborne

Azerbaijan Airlines has signed as an official sponsor of the Baku 2015 European Games ©Baku 2015Azerbaijan Airlines, the country's flag carrier, has signed as an official partner of the Baku 2015 European Games.

Saudi Arabia makes contribution to WADA research fund

By David Owen

Saudi Arabia has become the fourth country to help fund WADA's new anti-doping research project, joining China, the United States and Turkey ©Getty ImagesSaudi Arabia has become the latest country to chip in to the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) embryonic fund for new anti-doping research, donating $100,000 (£60,000/€77,000) as the first instalment of an eventual $500,000 (£304,000/€389,000) contribution.
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