Summer Sports

Van Praag promises to "modernise" FIFA if elected President

By Daniel Etchells

Michael van Praag, President of the Royal Dutch Football Association, said he intially wants to "normalise" FIFA if elected President ©Getty ImagesMichael van Praag, head of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), has promised to "modernise" FIFA in a single four-year term after officially announcing his candidacy to succeed Sepp Blatter as President of world football's governing body.

Hansen throws hat back in ring for European Athletics Presidency

By Mike Rowbottom

Svein Arne Hansen is running for the European Athletics Presidency from 2015-2019 ©BislettGamesSvein Arne Hansen, promoter of Oslo's Bislett Games from 1985 to 2009, will run for the European Athletics Presidency this year on a ticket of making "significant, sometimes difficult changes".

Qatar halt German run for historic semi-final place in World Handball Championships

By Mike Rowbottom

Qatar celebrate a historic first appearance in the World Handball Championships after a quarter-final win over Germany ©Getty ImagesHosts Qatar, already historic achievers having reached the last eight of the World Handball Championships for the first time, now face Poland for a place in the final after earning a 26-24 win over a German side which had won every previous match.

Former UCI President McQuaid claims Lance Armstrong has been made a "scapegoat" for doping in cycling

By Liam Morgan

Former UCI President Pat McQuaid feels sympathy for Lance Armstrong and says he has been made a scapegoat for cycling's doping scandal ©Getty ImagesFormer International Cycling Union (UCI) President Pat McQuaid claims disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has been made a "scapegoat" in the sport's doping scandal and been the victim of a "witch-hunt".

Djokovic continues quest for eighth Grand Slam title with dominant quarter-final win at Australian Open

By Liam Morgan

Novak Djokovic reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a dominant straight sets victory over Milos Raonic ©Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic maintained his quest for an eighth Grand Slam title as he breezed past Milos Raonic to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Portuguese legend Figo to run for FIFA President

By Duncan Mackay

Former Portuguese international Luis Figo has announced that he will stand for FIFA President ©Getty ImagesFormer Portuguese international Luis Figo today announced that he will run for President of FIFA and claimed he had obtained the necessary five nominations from National Associations to support his candidacy.

Park Tae-Hwan to face international hearing and being stripped of Asian Games medals after positive drugs test

By Liam Morgan

South Korea's Park Tae-Hwan could face a ban from swimming after testing positive for testosterone ©Getty ImagesSouth Korean Olympic gold medallist Park Tae-Hwan is facing an international doping hearing after he tested positive for a banned substance, the Korea Swimming Federation (KSF) have announced.

Bubka confirms he will stand against Coe to become IAAF President

By Duncan Mackay

Sergey Bubka has announced that he is to stand for the Presidency of the IAAF ©Sergey BubkaSergey Bubka today officially confirmed that he will stand to replace Lamine Diack as President of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), pitting him against Britain's Sebastian Coe.

International Table Tennis Federation to offer record prize money in 2015

By Michael Pavitt

China won both the men and women's titles at the 2015 World Team Cup at the start of what the ITTF are predicting will be a record year ©Getty ImagesA record amount of prize money will be on offer at its events this year, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has revealed. 
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