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Exclusive: Qatar's experience shows it will host a good World Cup, claims FIFA Executive Committee contender

By Nick Butler at the Holiday Inn Resort Hotel in Phuket

Prince Abdullah Shah believes Qatar would be able to hold a successful World Cup despite the criticism ©Getty ImagesMalaysia's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) vice-president and FIFA Executive Committee candidate, Prince Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has admitted Qatar was a controversial choice to host the 2022 World Cup but claimed they are "fully capable of making it happen".

Exclusive: North Korea hopes to host Weightlifting World Championships

By Brian Oliver

North Korea hopes to host the Weightlifting World Championships ©Getty ImagesNorth Korea, the world's most reclusive country, wants to host an International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships and the sport's world governing body is keen for it to happen - so, too, are rival teams across the globe.

Woman arrested in Iran for watching volleyball freed on bail

By Duncan Mackay

Ghoncheh Ghavami, arrested for attending an FIVB World League match in Iran, has been released on bail from jail in Tehran ©FacebookA woman jailed for watching an International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World League match in Iran has been released from prison on bail, her family have revealed.

"Outstandingly successful" Asian Beach Games declared closed as attention turns to Vietnam 2016

By Nick Butler at the Saphan Hin Sports Centre in Phuket

More fireworks ensued as the Phuket 2014 Asian Beach Games closed with a bang tonight ©Phuket 2014Phuket's Asian Beach Games closed here this evening with another homage to the host island resort, once again punctuated but not overshadowed by several periods of rain.

Olympic gold medallists make for star studded Women's World Boxing Championships finals

By Emily Goddard

Katie Taylor is through to the 60kg final at the Women's World Boxing Championships ©Getty ImagesOlympic gold medallists Katie Taylor and Claressa Shields are both through to their respective finals of the Women's World Boxing Championships at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju City.

Beach volleyball brings curtain down on Phuket 2014 after Thailand scoop 56th gold

By Nick Butler on Karon Beach in Phuket

Kazakhstan hone in on the final gold medal of Phuket 2014 - in women's beach volleyball ©Phuket 2014Thailand suffered a loss in the women's beach volleyball final, the last event of the Asian Beach Games here this afternoon, but still rounded off their continental domination in fine style today.

Title holders Brazil book place in final at IBSA Football World Championship

By Emily Goddard

Brazil are through to the final at this year's International Blind Sports Federation Blind Football World Championship ©IBSA/FacebookReigning world and Paralympic champions Brazil have booked their place in the final at this year's International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Blind Football World Championship in Tokyo.

Taekwondo player voted head of Athletes' Commission in Swaziland

By Nick Butler

Mbongeni Nsibandze was chosen at elections held at the Olympic Africa Centre in Swaziland ©SOCGATaekwondo player Mbongeni Nsibandze has been elected interim chairman of the Swaziland Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (SOCGA) Athletes' Commission.

Reid and Griffioen successfully defend Nottingham Indoor Wheelchair Tennis titles

By Emily Goddard

Gordon Reid has defended his men’s singles title at the Nottingham Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament ©The Tennis FoundationGordon Reid and Jiske Griffioen have successfully defended their men's and women's singles titles at the Nottingham Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament to signal their intentions at the year-end Wheelchair Tennis Masters.
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