Wednesday, September 25th 2013 - 07:59 UTC

FIFA confirms it will discuss timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Blatter promised in July that he would put the proposal to the executive committee

FIFA has confirmed that it will discuss the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at its next executive committee meeting. The agenda for the meeting on Oct. 3-4, published on Tuesday, included the item “FIFA World Cup Qatar, period of the competition.”

Wednesday, September 25th 2013 - 05:08 UTC

IATA forecasts a strong 2014 for the industry, but airlines on average only retain 5 dollars per passenger

CEO Tyler believes 2014 could become the second strongest year this century after the record breaking in 2010

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revised its 2013 global industry outlook downwards to 11.7 billion on revenues of 708 billion dollars, but anticipates that all regions during 2014 will see improved profitability, with divergence in performance and with strong emphasis in North America with 6.3 billion net profits.

Monday, September 23rd 2013 - 16:29 UTC

Brazilian media warns that upgrading or airports is way behind schedule

Porto Alegre and Curitiba in the south are some of the worst cases

Delays are plaguing work at airports in seven of the 12 Brazilian cities that will host the World Cup nine months from now, the daily O Globo reported Sunday. Citing a survey by Infraero, the federal airports agency, the paper said the worst delay was in the southern city of Porto Alegre, where work on expanding terminal at a cost of 69 million dollars has not even begun.

Friday, September 20th 2013 - 20:48 UTC

UEFA agree in principle to move date of 2022 World Cup in Qatar

“I would say that the ball is at the feet of the president of FIFA”, said UEFA president Platini

The 54 member federations of European governing body UEFA are unanimously in favor “in principle” of moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to a different time of the year, UEFA president Michel Platini confirmed on Friday.

Friday, September 20th 2013 - 20:35 UTC

Gibraltar granted by UEFA a place in the Champions and Europa Leagues

One of the most popular teams in the BOT is the local “Manchester United”

There could be two Manchester Uniteds in European club competition next season after UEFA on Friday granted Gibraltar one place each in the Champions League and Europa League qualifying rounds.

Friday, September 20th 2013 - 07:30 UTC

Brazil with no labs to handle drug testing for the 2014 World Cup

The only existing Rio lab was stripped of accreditation by the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA for ''repeated failures''

With one lab suspended and its replacement unfinished, Brazil won't be able to handle drug testing for the 2014 World Cup alone and is looking overseas for help. The executive director of the country's anti-doping authority said the new lab in Rio de Janeiro should be running a year before the 2016 Olympics. But, Marco Aurelio Klein added, the lab won't be ready for the World Cup next June and July.

Thursday, September 19th 2013 - 07:50 UTC

Blatter admits ‘political influence’ for 2022 Qatar World Cup; Europe wants change of venue

Blatter: “Yes, there was definitely direct political influence”

Europe’s 54 soccer nations are prepared to support moving the 2022 Qatar World Cup from the summer heat to playing in January. Allegedly European soccer leaders gave UEFA President Michel Platini a mandate for change on Wednesday.

Monday, September 16th 2013 - 01:32 UTC

Colombia denies registry of the ‘Escobar’ trademark to family members

The Escobar T-shirts had an avid market in the US and Mexico

Colombia’s government has refused registration as a trademark of the full name “Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria” the country most notorious narcotics criminal. According to local news in Bogotá the application was filed by Maria Isabel Santos Cabalerro, Juana Manuela Marroquín Santos and Juan Sebastian Marroquín Santos, Escobar’s widow and children respectively who changed their names after settling in Argentina in the late 1990.

Tuesday, September 10th 2013 - 22:52 UTC

Germany’s Thomas Bach with a long career in Olympic affairs elected IOC president

Bach polled 49 of the available 93 votes, beating Puerto Rican Richard Carrion

Thomas Bach was elected president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The German became only the ninth president in the body's 119-year history after succeeding Belgium's Jacques Rogge who stepped down after 12 years at the helm.

Saturday, September 7th 2013 - 18:26 UTC

How the Madrid 2020 Olympic dream was shattered to pieces

Blanco, head of the Spanish Olympic Committee

The Spanish delegation arrived in Buenos Aires as favourites to host the 2020 Olympics in Madrid. They had top credentials: the future King (Prince Felipe) himself a sports enthusiast; the least demanding and irritating budget, (based on Brazil’s ongoing experience) and ample public opinion support in Spain despite the economic situation and record unemployment.

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