non-Olympic Sports

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

International Surfing Association President Fernando Aguerre, pictured at the Sports Lab in Nanjing, has painted an optimistic picture about the future of his sport ©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.

Day eight a washout at Women's Softball World Championships in Haarlem

By Gary Anderson

Torrential rain in Haarlem has forced the cancellation of play on day eight of the Women's Softball World Championships ©Haarlem 2014Torrential downpours meant no action was possible on day eight of the Women's Softball World Championships in Haarlem.

Expanded broadcast coverage of Women's Softball World Championship announced in United States and Japan

By Gary Anderson

The final stages of the Women's Softball World Champinships in Haarlem will be broadcast to large audiences in the US and Japan after new deal announced ©Haarlem 2014Expanded coverage of the Women's Softball World Championship will be provided in the United States and Japan as the event enters the playoff stages, it has been announced. 
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