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Taliban say women won't be allowed to play sport

Afghan women, including the country’s women’s cricket team, will be banned from playing sport under the new Taliban government, according to an official in the group. In an interview with the Australian broadcaster …

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Afghanistan not to take part in Tokyo Paralympics

The Afghanistan Paralympic team will not compete in the Tokyo games with all commercial flights grounded as the Taliban seizes control of the country.  "Due to the serious ongoing situation in the country, all airports are …

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Iran’s karateka wins gold at Tokyo Olympics

Iran’s Sajad Ganjzadeh won the Olympic gold medal in men’s over 75 kg karate (Kumite) defeating in the finals Saudi Arabia’s Tareg Hamedi with a score (4:0).  The bronze medals went to Japan’s Ryutaro Araga …

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Judo Grand Prix moved from Azerbaijan to Turkey

The International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) Judo Committee has moved its Grand Prix competition in Baku to Antalya due to COVID-19 restrictions. Despite the switch to Turkey, the event will still be organised by the National …

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North Korea to skip Tokyo Olympics in 2021

North Korea will not take part in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo this year in order to protect its athletes from the coronavirus infection, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. The decision was made at the March meeting of the …

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Olympics torch relay starts in Fukushima

The Olympic torch relay set off from Fukushima on Thursday, beginning a four-month countdown to the summer Games in Tokyo, delayed from 2020 and the first ever organised during a global pandemic. About 10,000 runners will carry the …

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Mesut Ozil joins Fenerbahce from Arsenal

The long-running saga between Mesut Ozil and Arsenal came to an end on Sunday as it was announced that the midfielder has joined Fenerbahce on a three-and-a-half-year deal. Ozil, who scored 44 goals in 254 appearances for the …

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Iranian defender joins Azerbaijan's Sumgayit

Azerbaijani football club Sumgayit FK has completed the signing of Iranian center-back Hojjat Haghverdi on Monday. Haghverdi joined Sumgayit after he canceled his contract with Iran's Paykan last week, Tehran Times daily …

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Pool masks invented in Japan (PHOTO)

Special masks for the pool were invented in Japan, the Asahi newspaper reported. Pools that were closed amid the coronavirus pandemic were reopened on June 1, as the authorities considered that with a sufficient concentration of …

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Turkmenistan restarts football season

Turkmenistan rebooted its domestic football season yesterday, with fans returning to stadiums in one of the few countries yet to declare a case of coronavirus. Around 300 people attended a top-of-the table clash between last …

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Fed Cup event can be moved from China to Kazakhstan

A Fed Cup event has had to be moved to Kazakhstan because of health scares caused by the lethal coronavirus in China, the International Tennis Federation said. "The decision to move the event to a different venue was taken due to …

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Iranian women attend first football match in 40 years

Iranian women watched the country’s national football team for the first time in 40 years, celebrating their long-awaited access to the national stadium. About 3,500 women have attended the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification …

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