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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.

USOC chief Blackmun breaks silence on "disturbing" Solo domestic abuse charges

Emily Goddard

Hope Solo is facing domestic violence charges ©Getty ImagesScott Blackmun, chief executive of the United States Olympic Committee, has admitted he is disturbed by domestic abuse charges against national women's football team goalkeeper and Olympic champion Hope Solo.

Tajikistan footballer registers first positive doping test of Incheon 2014

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

Khurshed Beknazarov has registered the first failed doping test of Incheon 2014 ©Incheon 2014Tajikistan footballer Khurshed Beknazarov has become the first athlete at the Asian Games to test positive for banned drugs and be disqualified from the event here. 

North Korean gymnast overcomes 39-year-old Uzbek to win vault title at Incheon 2014

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

Hong Un-Jong celebrates after her gold medal on the vault ©AFP/Getty ImagesGymnast Hong Un-jong earned the first North Korean gold in a sport other than weightlifting today on the sixth day of action at the Asian Games, defeating 39-year-old Uzbek Oksana Chusovitina in the women's vault final.
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