Kelmendi shows why she is Kosovo's best hope for Rio 2016 glory with Abu Dhabi victory

By Daniel Etchells

Kosovo's Majlinda Kelmendi (near) repeated her win against Romania's Andreea Chitu (far) in this year's World Championships final ©IJFMajlinda Kelmendi celebrated the news that Kosovo will be eligible to make its Olympic debut at Rio 2016 by claiming victory in the women's under 52 kilogram category on the opening day of the inaugural Abu Dhabi International Judo Federation (IJF) Grand Slam at the FGB Arena.

Marathon runners will be kept in the dark if Doha win bid to host 2019 IAAF World Championships

By Nick Butler at the Qatar Olympic Committee Building in Doha

IAAF Evaluation Comission chief Sebastian Coe (second left) spoke alongside Doha 2019 and other IAAF officials following the conclusion of the inspection visit ©ITGA 2019 World Championships in Doha would take place at the end of September and the beginning of October, with marathon races being held in the dark to ensure cooler temperatures, it was officially revealed here today.

Morocco still set to host FIFA Club World Cup despite Ebola concerns

By Daniel Etchells

FIFA is comfortable that the Ebola virus poses no threat to the staging of the Club World Cup in Morocco as things stand ©Getty ImagesThe FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco is still set to go ahead as planned in December, despite the country's request to be replaced as host of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) the following month due to fears over the spread of the Ebola epidemic.

World Marathon Majors postpones award ceremony after Kenyan Rita Jeptoo tests positive for EPO

By Paul Osborne

Rita Jeptoo has allegedly tested positive for a banned substance in a urin sample taken last month ©Getty ImagesKenya's Rita Jeptoo has allegedly tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) prior to her victory at the Chicago Marathon earlier this month, leading the World Marathon Majors (WMM) to postpone this weekend's awards ceremony.

Doha has learnt lessons of failed 2017 bid, claims Qatari athletics chief

By Nick Butler at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha

Dahlan Al Hamad (third right) pictured during the opening day of the IAAF Evaluation Commission visit today ©Doha 2019Qatar Athletics Federation President Dahlan Al Hamad claimed it is the "right time" for Doha to host the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships.

France and South Korea submit bids for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

By Gary Anderson

France and South Korea have formally submitted their bid documents for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 ©AFP/Getty ImagesDelegations from the Football Associations of France and South Korea were at FIFA headquarters in Zurich today to submit their final bids for the 2019 Women's World Cup.

Abu Dhabi gearing up to host first Judo Grand Slam

By Gary Anderson

The draw for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Slam took place today ahead of three days of judo action ©IJFAbu Dhabi is getting ready to host its first International Judo Federation (IJF) Grand Slam event this week after successfully staging Grand Prix tournaments for the past five years.

Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup should be held in April and May, European clubs body claims

By Nick Butler at the InterContinental Hotel in Doha
Holding Qatar 2022 in April and May would be best, the ECA have claimed ©ECAHolding the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup in April and May would be the "best option" both in terms of climate and the football calendar, the European Club Association (ECA) has claimed.

Ernst & Young announced as business advisor of Rugby World Cup 2015

By Gary Anderson

Ernst & Young has been unveiled as the official business partner of the Rugby World Cup 2015 ©Ernst & YoungProfessional services firm Ernst & Young has been announced as the official business advisor of Rugby World Cup 2015.
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