non-Olympic Sports

Boost for Olympic bid as Women's Baseball World Cup posts good TV figures

By Gary Anderson

Japan have opened their account at the Women's Baseball World Cup with a win over Australia ©WBSCThe Women's Baseball World Cup in Japan has opened up with impressive broadcast figures of the host country's clash with Australia via cable-network TV Asahi while the game was also broadcast globally online through Mexico City-based AYM Sports.

Japan dominate in Okinawa with 10 gold medals at WKF Premier League event

By Gary Anderson

Japanese athletes dominated the medal count at the WKF Premier League event in Okinawa ©JKFan/WKFJapan made home advantage count in Okinawa as 10 gold medals went the way of the host nation during the World Karate Federation Premier League meeting, which saw Iran and France as the only other two nations to top the podium.

Sambo deal with judo another boost for sport after European Games inclusion

By Duncan Mackay at the Traktor Sport Arena in Chelyabinsk

A deal to work together has been signed by Marius Vizer and Vasily Shestakov, the Presidents of the International Judo Federation and International Sambo Federation ©IJFSambo completed a good few days for the sport when it officially signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Judo Federation (IJF) here today.

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. 
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