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Karate officials meet with Japanese Prime Minister to kick-start drive for Tokyo 2020 inclusion

By Nick Butler

Six officials visited the Prime Minister's official residence in order to meet Shinzo Abe ©WKFJapanese officials have met with the country's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in order to boost karate's efforts to be included at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

World Taekwondo Championships mascots make first life-size appearance

By Paul Osborne

The mascots for the 2015 World Taekwondo Championships have made their first life-size appearance ©World Taekwondo 2015The mascots for the 2015 World Taekwondo Championships have been publicly showcased for the first time, with a series of visits starting with the festival of Chelyabinsk Regional Taekwondo Federation.

China secure title at inaugural Hong Kong Open Blind Football Tournament

By Paul Osborne

China have won the Hong Kong Open Blind Football Tournament ©IBSADouble Asian Para Games medallists China have won the first ever international blind football tournament to be held in Hong Kong.

Coaches trained by Ghana Olympic Committee to boost participation and performance

By Nick Butler

Several training courses have been run by the Ghana Olympic Committee this month ©GOCA five-day seminar for 35 Keep-Fit instructors has concluded at the National Sports College, Winneba, the latest of several training courses organised by the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) in recent weeks.

Lithuanian President expresses support for European Goalball Championships

By Nick Butler

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has expressed her support for the European Goalball Championships ©AFP/Getty ImagesNext July's International Blind Sport Federation European Goalball Championships in Kaunas have received a ringing endorsement from Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaite.

Russia 2018 to "rely on individual donations", claims Mutko

By David Owen

The Russia 2018 Organising Committee is relying on private donations from individuals to balance the books ©Getty ImagesRussia looks set to rely on donations from private individuals to balance the books of the 2018 World Cup Organising Committee, in what appears to be an early example of how the current crisis may impact on its plans for hosting a succession of international sports events.

Australia appoints new Sports Minister

By Paul Osborne

Sussan Ley has been appointed to the role of Sports Minister in the Australian Cabinet ©Getty ImagesSussan Ley has been appointed as the new Sports Minister in Tony Abbott's Australian Government.

Angelina Jolie film about 1936 Olympian Louis Zamperini a Christmas box office smash in US

By Mike Rowbottom

Unbroken, a film about 1936 American Olympian Louis Zamperini directed by Angelina Jolie, has proved an early box-office hit ©Universal StudiosAngelina Jolie's World War Two saga Unbroken, based on the life of 1936 Olympian and serial wartime survivor Louis Zamperini, has proved a huge hit at the box office over Christmas despite a series of mixed reviews from the critics.

Kosovo granted provisional membership by World Karate Federation

By Paul Osborne

The WKF has granted Kosovo provisional membership ©WKFKosovo has been granted provisional membership by the sport's world governing body.
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