non-Olympic Sports

Exclusive: Support from Sheikh Ahmad and Incheon 2014 success has boosted Tokyo 2020 bid, claim WBSC

By Nick Butler in the Main Media Centre in Incheon

Success at Incheon 2014 has been hailed as a major boost for baseball in its Olympic dream ©Getty ImagesExcitement, full stadia and media interest at the Asian Games, along with an endorsement from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President, have boosted baseball and softball as the sports bid for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, according to their world governing body. 

South Korea edge Taiwan for baseball gold to light up Asian Games

By Nick Butler at the Munhak Baseball Stadium in Incheon

South Korea celebrate their hard fought victory over Taiwan ©Getty ImagesBaseball delivered a strong pitch to the world here tonight in its bid for Olympic inclusion after South Korea won a topsy-turvy and engrossing final over tenacious Taiwanese opposition in an electrifying atmosphere at the Asian Games. 

Karate Premier League in Hanau breaks participation record

By Zjan Shirinian

A record number of athletes are registered to take part in the Premier League meeting in Hanau ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe World Karate Federation Premier League event in the German town of Hanau will break the participation record for the second time in a row.

Cairo awarded World Junior Squash Championships

By Duncan Mackay

The World Squash Federation have awarded the Women’s World Junior Team Squash Championship to Cairo ©WSFCario has been chosen to host the 2015 World Squash Federation (WSF) World Junior Championships, including the women's team where they will be defending the title they won in Wroclaw, Poland, last year. 

ICC moves WCL Division Three tournament to Malaysia amid Uganda security concerns

By Daniel Etchells

David Richardson, ICC chief executive, said "the safety and security of players and officials is of paramount importance" ©Getty ImagesThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has relocated its World Cricket League Division Three tournament to Malaysia due to safety and security concerns in Uganda. 

Hundreds of volunteers to offer support at World Senior Karate Championships

By Zjan Shirinian

Around 600 volunteers have signed up to help out during November's World Senior Karate Championships ©AFP/Getty ImagesAround 600 volunteers are preparing to lend a hand at the World Senior Karate Championships in the German city of Bremen.

World Karate Federation chief Espinos meets sport's key players during Fiji visit

By Zjan Shirinian

World Karate Federation President Antonio Espinos with Dr Robin Mitchell, Fiji's International Olympic Committee member and President of the Oceania National Olympic Committee ©World Karate FederationWorld Karate Federation (WKF) President Antonio Espinos met referees, coaches and senior athletes who are at the heart of developing the sport during a visit to Fiji.

Sochi track hosts first race ahead of Formula One debut

By Zjan Shirinian

The finishing touches are being put to the Sochi Autodrom, pictured here in February ©Getty ImagesRussia's preparations for its first Formula One race have taken a major step today with the newly constructed Sochi racetrack hosting its inaugural race.

Million players the target as SportAccord World Mind Games launch online tournament

By Duncan Mackay

The SportAccord World Mind Games are due to take place in Beijing in December ©SportAccordA target of a million gaming enthusiasts has been set by organisers of this year's SportAccord World Mind Games as they launched their online tournament to be run in conjunction with the event in Beijing. 
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