non-Olympic Sports

Karate returns to birthplace with Premier League event in Okinawa

By Gary Anderson

The WKF Premier League series is set to visit Okinawa in Japan ©AFP/Getty ImagesSome of the best karate exponents in the world will be in the spiritual home of the sport this weekend as Okinawa Island, Japan, hosts its inaugural World Karate Federation (WKF) Premier League event.

LG Electronics named title sponsor of new baseball event aimed at attracting more women to game

By Zjan Shirinian

The first LG Cup was held last week ©Getty ImagesLG Electronics has been named as the official title sponsor of a new annual international baseball event dedicated to the promotion of women athletes.

Surfing hoping to ride the wave of Agenda 2020 in quest for Olympic inclusion

By Nick Butler at the Han Yue Lou Hotel in Nanjing

New facilities such as the one in Snowdonia will make surfing possible at every Olympic Games ©ISAInternational Surfing Association (ISA) President Fernando Aguerre has revealed his sport was proposed for the Sports Lab here at the Summer Youth Olympic Games, and, although it was not included for logistical reasons, is confident it will feature on a future Olympic stage.

UN special adviser Lemke named as 2014 World Karate Championships patron

By Emily Goddard

Wilfried Lemke has been named as a patron the Bremen 2014 World Karate Championships ©WikipediaThe World Karate Federation (WKF) has revealed Wilfried Lemke, the special adviser of the secretary general of the United Nations on Sport for Development and Peace, as a patron of this year's World Karate Championships in Bremen, Germany.

Softball and baseball's Tokyo 2020 hopes "boosted by Japan's Championship success"

By Zjan Shirinian

Japan's softball world champions have shown their support to get the sport on to the programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics ©WBSCJapan's success at the Women's Softball World Championship has boosted the desire to bring the sport, together with baseball, back to the Olympic Games in time for Tokyo 2020, officials have claimed.

Exclusive: Skateboarding must retain "unique" identity even if it joins Olympics, they claim

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

ISF President Gary Ream hailed the success of the exhibition at the Skate Lab ©Nanjing 2014International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) President Gary Ream has claimed retaining the sport's "unique" identity is more important than joining the Olympic programme. 

Sport climbing hopes to "grow together" with IOC in future bid for Olympic inclusion

By Paul Osborne at the Sports Lab in Nanjing

Sport Climbing is optimistic for its future inclusion in the Olympic Games ©Getty ImagesGrowing together was the overriding message from the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) here as the sport looks to the future for a berth on the Olympic programme.

Japan retain title with win over US at Women's Softball World Championship

By Gary Anderson

Japan overcame the US in Haarlem to retain their world title ©Haarlem 2014Japan have successfully defended their Women's Softball World Championship title after overcoming the United States 4-1 in the gold medal match in Haarlem.

Japan secure spot in Women's Softball World Championship final as they chase second successive title

By Gary Anderson

A busy day in Haarlem saw the line-up for the medal matches decided at the Women's Softball World Championships ©Haarlem 2014Reigning champions Japan put in two impressive performances against main rivals the United States and Australia to secure a place in the gold medal match of the Women's Softball World Championships in Haarlem, The Netherlands.
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