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Karate Premier League in Hanau breaks participation record

By Zjan Shirinian

A record number of athletes are registered to take part in the Premier League meeting in Hanau ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe World Karate Federation Premier League event in the German town of Hanau will break the participation record for the second time in a row.

Para-canoeist Young dreaming of Rio 2016 gold to complete remarkable journey after skiing accident

By Daniel Etchells

The Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas will host the rowing and canoeing events at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Getty ImagesNorthern Ireland's Para-canoeist Jonny Young is dreaming of a gold medal at Rio 2016 despite only embarking on a career in the sport last year, on the same day he was discharged from hospital after breaking his back in a skiing accident in France in 2012.

Bulgaria pull off shock victory in group all-around final at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships

By Daniel Etchells

Bulgaria won its first world all-around gold medal in group competition in 18 years ©Getty ImagesBulgaria's women upset the odds to win the all-around final at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in İzmir, and in doing so claimed the nation's first world all-around gold medal in group competition in 18 years.

Second round line-up nearing completion at Volleyball Women's World Championship

By Daniel Etchells

Brazil in action against Turkey ©Getty ImagesThe second round of the International Volleyball Federation Women's World Championship is taking shape with 11 of the 16 teams confirmed going into the final day of Pool matches in Italy. 

Hosts Turkey start on winning note at Basketball World Championship for Women

By Daniel Etchells

Işıl Alben made a go-ahead three-pointer in the dying moments to get Turkey off to a winning start at the FIBA World Championship for Women ©Getty ImagesHosts Turkey snatched a dramatic late win against France in Group B on the opening day of the International Basketball Federation World Championship for Women.

Paralympic stars take honours at Boccia World Championships in Beijing

By Daniel Etchells

Pattaya Tadtong (left, centre) missed out on the medals in the BC1, while Vongsa Watcharaphon (right) dominated the BC2 ©Getty ImagesStars of the Paralympic Games have taken the medals in four categories at the 2014 Boccia International Sport Federation World Championships in Beijing.

Japanese swimmer expelled from Asian Games after stealing camera from journalist

By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Incheon

Naoya Tomita, who came fourth in the 100m breaststroke final, has been expelled from the Games ©AFP/Getty ImagesJapan's former world champion swimmer Naoya Tomita has been kicked out of the Asian Games and booked by police after admitting to stealing a camera belonging to a South Korean photo-journalist.

Athletics World Championships in Eugene will boost 2024 US Olympic bid, says USOC chief Blackmun

By Gary Anderson

USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun believes the 2019 Athletics World Championships in Eugene would benefit any US bid for 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Getty ImagesUnited States Olympic Committee (USOC) chief executive Scott Blackmun believes a successful bid from Eugene to host the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships will provide a big boost for any potential bid from the US for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Gibraltar to appeal FIFA's rejection of membership bid because it is "not a country"

By Zjan Shirinian

Gibraltar's national football team, pictured here ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland, will not be taking part in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup under FIFA's ruling ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe Gibraltar Football Association (FA) is appealing FIFA's decision to deny its bid to become a member.
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