Afghanistan

Asian Games organisers has said the Olympic Council of Asia and the International Olympic Committee had withdrawn recognition from Afghanistan as two political parties claimed to represent the country.

The draw for the 2002 World Cup, the biggest in the tournament's 69-year history, will involve 195 nations and be seen live on Tuesday by a television audience of about one billion people.

The draw for the 2002 World Cup, the biggest in the tournament's 69-year history, will involve 195 nations and be seen live on Tuesday by a television audience of about one billion people.

Asian sports broadcaster ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) has acquired the exclusive terrestrial, cable and satellite television broadcast rights of the English Premier League for the next three seasons beginning August 2001.

Russians have commemorated the 20th anniversary of the opening of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, seen in the country as an unqualified success despite a debilitating boycott by Western countries.

Sports-loving mayor Yuri Luzhkov has said he wants Moscow to stage the 2012 Olympics.

Afghanistan is hoping to take part in a cricket tournament in Pakistan next month despite the fragile political situation in the region in the wake of the recent US terrorist attacks.

Kuwait has postponed next month's second West Asian Games because of tensions in the area following the attacks on the United States.

International sports leaders like to pretend to others, if not themselves, that sport is blissfully removed from politics.