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Barcelona double pays off with yet another revenue record

BARCELONA: Spanish champions Barcelona have reported record revenues of €679m for 2015-16 as they continue to head towards the target of reaching €1bn by 2021. The revenue figure marks a significant increase on projections for the 2015-16 season, a campaign in which Barcelona won the ...
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World Cup finals expansion to 40 teams still high on Infantino agenda

ABUJA: FIFA president Gianni Infantino remains firmly fixed in favour of expanding the World Cup finals to 40 teams. Infantino indicated his continuing pursuit of a manifesto pledge ahead of his election in February during a visit, with secretary-general Fatma Samoura, to Nigeria. Read More

Niersbach’s FIFA and UEFA status at issue after ethics panel bans him for a year

ZURICH: Former German federation president Wolfgang Niersbach has been let off more lightly than he may have feared by the ethics committee of world football governing body FIFA writes KEIR RADNEDGE. The investigatory chamber had recommended a two-year ban and fine for Niersbach for his ...
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Neymar . . . chasing goals and glory in Rio

Golden dream driving Neymar and Brazil in Rio bid to make it fourth Olympic time lucky

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTING —- Brazilian superstar Neymar leads the parade of 504 players who go to the Olympic Games football tournament in Rio de Janeiro  – and Russia is not involved in either men’s or women’s competition so no confusion there. The host nation have never won ...
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It’s natural justice not weakness, says Bach as Russia avoids Olympic ban

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS —- Thomas Bach used a need for ‘natural justice’ in defending the decision of the IOC’s executive board to spare Russia a blanket ban from the Olympic Games which start in less than a fortnight in Rio de Janeiro. The German president of ...
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Roma 2024

Roma 2024 Bid Committee, Stratos Safioleas as Strategic Advisor for Communication       —- Rome, 26 July 2016 - Stratos Safioleas joins the Roma 2024 Bid Committee as a strategic advisor for Communication, International Media and Social Media, he will report directly to Fabio Guadagnini, Head of ...
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Kidnappers seize mother-in-law of Formula One boss Ecclestone

RIO DE JANEIRO: The mother-in-law of Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One supremo, has been kidnapped in Brazil with criminals demanding a ransom of $36.5m. Aparecida Schunck, the 67-year-old mother of Ecclestone’s wife Fabiana Flosi, was seized in Sao Paulo on Friday night, Veja and Globo reported. ...
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Rio blow for Russian swimmers as FINA bars seven from Olympic Games

LAUSANNE: FINA, the world aquatics federation, has barred seven Russian swimmers from its competitions at the Rio Olympic Games on the basis of evidence from Richard McLaren’s report to the World Anti-Doping Agency. Those deemed ineligible for Rio include Yulia Efimova, a 200m bronze medallist ...
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Stepanova ready to contest IOC betrayal of doping whistleblowers

LAUSANNE: The IOC’s decision to snub both Yulia Stepanova and the world athletics federation has been tackled by the whistleblower herself. On Sunday the executive board of the International Olympic Committee barred the 800m runner from the Rio Olympics even though it was her evidence ...
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