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Exclusive: “We have to keep our eyes on the ball, the minute we don’t, people will say we can’t deliver", says Qatar 2022 chief

By Andrew Warshaw in Doha

Hassan Al-Thawadi Geneva Septmber 11 2012December 14 - It is just over two years since that momentous December day when Qatar stunned the footballing world by winning the race to stage the 2022 World Cup by a landslide.

Phelps' coach backs Istanbul to host "outstanding" Olympic Games

By Emily Goddard at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul

Sinan Erdem Arena for FINA World Short course Swimming ChampionshipsDecember 14 - Istanbul's hosting of the FINA World Short Course Championships has already received major global acclaim, with the likes of Bob Bowman - coach to the most decorated Olympian of all time, America's Michael Phelps - going so far as to endorse the Turkish city's 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid.

America's Lochte sets first world record of 2012 World Short Course Championships

By Emily Goddard at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul

Ryan Lochte141212December 14 - Ryan Lochte of the United States set the first world record of the FINA World Short Course Championships clocking 1min 49.63sec in the men's 200 metres individual medley here tonight.

Fiji Paralympic gold medallist being rewarded for London 2012 success with new house

By Duncan Mackay

Iliesa Delana celebrating gold medal London 2012December 14 - Fiji's Government has promised to build a new house for Iliesa Delana, who made history at London 2012 when he won the country's first ever medal in the Paralympics by taking gold in the F42 high jump.

Saint John to host 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championships

By Tom Degun

Harbour StationDecember 13 - Saint John in Canada has been named the host city of the 2014 Ford World Women's Curling Championships by the World Curling Federation (WCF).

Gold partners renew for SportAccord Convention 2013

By Lauren Mattera

SportAccord Convention 2013December 13 - SportAccord Conventions 2012's three gold partners – Contemporary International (CI), Macau Sport Development Board (MSDB) and Sport Event Denmark – have renewed their contracts and will be partnering next year's convention in Saint Petersburg in May, it has been announced.

Baseball formally approves international merger with softball

By Duncan Mackay

IBAF logoDecember 13 - A new unified world body governing both baseball and softball has been officially given the go-ahead following a postal ballot conducted by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).

FIFA close Mohamed Bin Hammam bribery case

By Andrew Warshaw

Mohamed Bin Hammam AFCDecember 13 - The FIFA-appointed corruption buster looking into the conduct of Mohamed Bin Hammam, the man who tried to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA Presidency, has admitted no new charges will be brought to support the claim that Bin Hammam bribed Caribbean officials during his doomed election campaign.

Meilutytė claims Lithuania's first FINA World Short Course Championships gold

By Emily Goddard at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul

Rūta Meilutytė 141212December 13 - Lithuanian Rūta Meilutytė continued her excellent form from London 2012 where she claimed the women's 100 metres breaststroke gold medal, by winning the 50m breaststroke title – her nation's first medal in the history of the event – at the FINA World Short Course Championships here tonight.
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