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Exclusive: California bid for 2024 Games would be "perfect" for surfing's Olympic ambitions, claims ISA President

By Mike Rowbottom

Fernando Aguerre, President of the International Surfing Association, feels his sport's Olympic ambitions are growing more realistic ©Getty ImagesFernando Aguerre, President of the International Surfing Association, believes it would be "perfect" for his sport's ambitions of joining the Olympic programme if the United States, expected to announce this week whether it intends to bid for the 2024 Summer Games, should choose a host city in California.

Kenyan-born Turks dominate men's race at European Cross Country Championships

By Nick Butler

The Turkish winner and runner-up celebrate after crossing the finish line ©TwitterKenyan-born Turks Polat Kemboi Arikan and Ali Kaya secured a 1-2 finish at the European Cross Country Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria today, while Gemma Steel and Kate Avery of Great Britain were similarly dominant in the women's race.

South Korea reign supreme again at World Bowling Men's Championships

By Daniel Etchells at the Khalifa International Bowling Centre, Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi

Kang Hee Won celebrates his masters success with his supporters ©ITGSouth Korea's Kang Hee Won won the masters competition gold medal after a 213-198 victory against the United States' Mike Fagan here at the 2014 World Bowling Men's Championships (WBMC). 

Armless table tennis phenomenon receives award for "bravery" and "fortitude"

By Nick Butler

Egyptian table tennis player Ibrahim Hamato will receive a special award ©TwitterEgyptian Para-table tennis player Ibrahim Hamato, whose exploits became a global internet sensation earlier this year, will receive a Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award in recognition of his "bravery" and "fortitude".

Ukraine and Russia share draughts titles at World Mind Games

By Nick Butler

Daria Tchachenko won gold in blitz draughts today at the World Mind Games ©SportAccordRussia's Alexander Shvartsman and Ukraine's Daria Tchachenko took male and female honours as the blitz draughts competition concluded at the SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing today.

Special training programme held to improve running of Gambia National Paralympic Committee

By Nick Butler

Gambian 800 metres wheelchair racer Isatou Nyang of Gambia competing during the women's T54 heats at London 2012 ©Getty ImagesA two-day "capacity building" training programme organised by the Gambia National Paralympic Committee (GNPC) in collaboration with the International Paralympic Committee has concluded in Bakau.

Teenage Japanese duo Hirano and Ito make table tennis history at ITTF Grand Finals

By Daniel Etchells

Japanese duo Miu Hirano (left) and Mima Ito (right) react to being told that they have won $40000 (£25,500/€32,100) ©ITTFHistory was made at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour Grand Finals as Japanese duo Miu Hirano and Mima Ito became the tournament's youngest ever women's doubles champions - at just 14.

Agenda 2020 has created "historic opportunity" for Budapest Olympic bid, claims leading official

By Nick Butler

Zsolt Borkai spoke enthusiastically about the prospect of a Budapest bid for the 2024 Olympics ©Hungarian Olympic CommitteeAn Extraordinary Session of the Hungarian Olympic Committee (HOC) will take place in February to analyse the feasibility of a Budapest bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics following the outcome of the Agenda 2020 reform process.

FEI Presidential candidates outline manifestos in Baku on eve of election

By Paul Osborne

The five FEI Presidential candidates outlined their manifestos in Baku today ©FEIThe five candidates bidding to become head of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) tomorrow presented their visions for the future of the sport today in a three hour "Meet the Presidents" session in Baku.
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