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.

Saturday, September 7th 2013 - 17:19 UTC

Olympics return to Japan despite Fukushima; in final vote Tokyo defeated Istanbul

Japanese delegation celebrating

Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics on Saturday, capitalizing on its reputation as a “safe pair of hands” and defying concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Tokyo defeated Istanbul 60-36 in the final round of secret voting Saturday by the International Olympic Committee. Madrid was eliminated earlier after an initial tie with Istanbul.

Saturday, September 7th 2013 - 02:13 UTC

Final presentation from three PMs to decide what city will host 2020 Olympics

Shinzo Abe of Japan, Mariano Rajoy of Spain and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey will be in Buenos Aires on Saturday

From the Fukushima nuclear leak to the war in Syria to Europe's economic crisis, the choice of the host city for the 2020 Olympics is fraught with risks. Picking the site with the least risks shapes up as the challenge for the International Olympic Committee on Saturday in a tight three-city contest that members say is too close to call.

Friday, September 6th 2013 - 01:42 UTC

Debt-struck Madrid believes its modest budget will end hosting the 2020 Olympics

Spanish Olympic Committee president Alejandro Blanco: “we have the citizens’ support”

Debt-struck Madrid is betting its penny-pinching bid to host the Olympics in 2020 will reap rich economic dividends for recession-hit Spain. The Spanish capital is banking on a low-cost 5 billion dollars Olympic bid that relies heavily on existing stadiums to surprise Tokyo and Istanbul when Olympic chiefs make their decision in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Thursday, September 5th 2013 - 02:25 UTC

Brazil’s protests will affect IOC future decisions; Madrid favourite for 2020

President Rogge: convincing the wider public about the benefits of staging sports’ biggest event

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said his organization and future games hosts must overcome the challenge of convincing the wider public about the benefits of staging sports’ biggest event.

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