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Durban officially launch "compact and unique" bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games

By Nick Butler at Mansion House in London

Durban 2022 present their Bid Book to CGF President Prince Imran of Malaysia ©Getty ImagesDurban have officially launched their bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games here today, promising a "compact and unique" concept that will boost the host nation as well as the wider region.

Exclusive: South African bid for 2024 Olympics and Paralympics "unrealistic", admits Sports Minister

By David Owen at the Mansion House in London

South Africa Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has indicated the country will no longer consider a 2024 Olympic and Paralympic bid ©TwitterSouth African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has all but ruled out a bid from his country for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, telling insidethegames it would be "unrealistic".

Egypt set to host 2015 Arab Games after two countries withdraw

By Duncan Mackay

Egypt are ready to host the 2015 Arab Games following the withdrawal of Lebanon and Morocco ©Qatar Olympic CommitteeEgypt is set to step in and host the 2015 Arab Games following the withdrawal last year of Morocco, the second country to pull out. 

First-time hosts Egypt dominate Karate1 Premier League event

By Daniel Etchells

The latest event in the WKF Karate1 Premier League Series was dominated by hosts Egypt ©WKFEgypt marked its first-ever staging of a World Karate Federation (WKF) Karate1 Premier League event by claiming six gold medals in Sharm-El Sheikh.

Mourning place to be erected in Olympic Village as IOC bows to pressure over Munich Massacre

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

The IOC have long faced criticism they have not done enough to commemorate the victims of the 1972 Munich Massacre ©Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesA special place for athletes to mourn the loss of family and friends will be set up in the Olympic Village at Rio 2016, while a "moment of reflection" will be held during the Closing Ceremony, it has been revealed.

Tokyo 2020 switch for equestrian impresses world governing body

By Duncan Mackay at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Baji Park will host the equestrian events during Tokyo 2020 ©Japan Racing Authority Changes to the venue for the equestrian events at Tokyo 2020 have been welcomed by the sport's world governing body.

Iran to launch historic women's belt wrestling programme

By Emily Goddard

Iranian Wrestling Federation international department head Farnaz Panahi and United World Wrestling Bureau member Rodica Yaksi attended the Greco-Roman World Cup in Tehran with Badrolmolouk Kahrangi and a fellow dignitary ©Tim Foley/United World WrestlingThe Iranian Wrestling Federation has announced it will launch its first ever belt wrestling programme for women in the country to train and compete in the sport.

International Equestrian Federation strips UAE of two endurance events to protect horse welfare

By Michael Pavitt

UAE have been stripped of two international endurance events ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Executive Board has stripped the United Arab Emirates of two endurance races scheduled to be held later this month in an emergency measure, they claim, designed to protect horse welfare.

New Arab Sports Council set to fight for right for Muslim women to use hijab

By Duncan Mackay

The Union of Arab National Olympic Committees have proposed setting up an Arab Sports Council ©UANOCAn Arab Sports Council is set to be established after the idea was given the green-light during a meeting of the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees (UANOC) Executive Office in Oman. 
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