non-Olympic Sports

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. 

Japan's Women's Baseball World Cup victory adds to Tokyo 2020 momentum, claims WBSC

By Paul Osborne 

Public support for baseball and softball's inclusion at Tokyo 2020 is growing claims ©WBSCJapan's victory in the Women's Baseball World Cup has added to the growing public support for baseball and softball's inclusion at Tokyo 2020, it has been claimed by officials pushing for the sports to be reintroduced to the Olympic programme. 

Turkey make use of home advantage to top gold medal haul at Karate Premier League event in Istanbul

By Gary Anderson

Turkey emerged with four gold medals at the WKF Premier League meeting in Istanbul ©WKFThe fans inside the Asli Cakir Alptekin Sports Hall in Istanbul celebrated four gold medals for Turkish athletes as the host nation topped the standings at the weekend's World Karate Federation Premier League meeting.

Japan and the United States to face off in Women's Baseball World Cup final

By Paul Osborne

Japan and America are set to go head to head in the Women's Baseball World Cup final ©FacebookThe world's top two teams, Japan and the United States, will meet in the gold medal showdown of the 2014 Women's Baseball World Cup.

Istanbul ready to welcome world's best for Karate Premier League event

By Zjan Shirinian

Some of the world's best karatekas will compete in Istanbul this weekend ©JKFan/WKFIstanbul will welcome some of the world's best karatekas this weekend for the Karate 1 Premier League meeting.

Parkour sets up new organisation in what could be first step towards Olympic recognition

By Duncan Mackay

A new international organisation to help promote parkour has been set-up ©The Mouvement Parkour has taken a significant step on the journey to one day joining the Olympic programme by creating a new international organisation to help promote the sport, which is also known as freerunning or l'art du déplacement.

Karate officials meet with Japanese Olympic Committee to discuss Agenda 2020

By Gary Anderson

WKF officials have met with JOC President and Tokyo 2020 vice-President Tsunekazu Takeda following a Premier League event in Okinawa ©WKFOfficials from the World Karate Federation (WKF) have met with President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and vice-president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tsunekazu Takeda, in a meeting discussing the sport's potential inclusion on the Olympic programme in six years' time.
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