Summer Sports

Taylor takes fifth straight Women's World Boxing Championships title as Bylon earns shock gold for Panama

By Paul Osborne

Katie Taylor won her fifth consecutive world title with victory in Jeju ©Getty ImagesOlympic champion Katie Taylor made history in South Korea today as she secured a fifth straight Women's World Boxing Championships title at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju City.

Chinese Olympic swimming champion served three month ban for doping

By Paul Osborne

Sun Yang served a three month ban for failing a doping test earlier this year ©Getty ImagesChinese Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang has served a three month ban for failing a doping test, China's anti-doping agency (Chinada) revealed today.

IAAF to launch new event bidding website as next wave of competitions draws closer

By Mike Rowbottom

IAAF President Lamine Diack attends the closing ceremony at this year's World Junior Championships in Oregon. Bids for the 2018 version will get underway next year with the help of a new dedicated IAAF website ©Getty ImagesA new online platform for potential hosts of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) events will be launched in January.

Woman arrested in Iran for watching volleyball freed on bail

By Duncan Mackay

Ghoncheh Ghavami, arrested for attending an FIVB World League match in Iran, has been released on bail from jail in Tehran ©FacebookA woman jailed for watching an International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World League match in Iran has been released from prison on bail, her family have revealed.

Olympic gold medallists make for star studded Women's World Boxing Championships finals

By Emily Goddard

Katie Taylor is through to the 60kg final at the Women's World Boxing Championships ©Getty ImagesOlympic gold medallists Katie Taylor and Claressa Shields are both through to their respective finals of the Women's World Boxing Championships at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju City.

Exclusive: North Korea hopes to host Weightlifting World Championships

By Brian Oliver

North Korea hopes to host the Weightlifting World Championships ©Getty ImagesNorth Korea, the world's most reclusive country, wants to host an International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships and the sport's world governing body is keen for it to happen - so, too, are rival teams across the globe.

Exclusive: Qatar's experience shows it will host a good World Cup, claims FIFA Executive Committee contender

By Nick Butler at the Holiday Inn Resort Hotel in Phuket

Prince Abdullah Shah believes Qatar would be able to hold a successful World Cup despite the criticism ©Getty ImagesMalaysia's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) vice-president and FIFA Executive Committee candidate, Prince Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has admitted Qatar was a controversial choice to host the 2022 World Cup but claimed they are "fully capable of making it happen".

Rutherford says he would back athlete boycott of Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships

By Daniel Etchells

Greg Rutherford said he'd "wholeheartedly support" any athlete who feels strong enough not to be involved in the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha ©Getty ImagesGreat Britain's Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has claimed he would support any athlete who chooses to boycott the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Doha.

Retallick crowned World Rugby Player of the Year 2014

By Emily Goddard

Brodie Retallick is World Rugby Player of the Year for 2014 ©World RugbyBrodie Retallick of New Zealand has been named the World Rugby Player of the Year for 2014.
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