Africa

South African soccer officials have confirmed they were dropping their campaign to get FIFA to vote again on the venue for the 2006 World Cup finals.

South African soccer officials have landed in Australia to meet Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) members in a quest to challenge the award of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

India's sports minister has said he has information that five or six Indian cricketers were involved in alleged match-fixing.

Federal investigators questioned India's former cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin for three hours on Thursday over his alleged involvement in match-fixing.

A South African restaurant chain has terminated a multi-million rand advertising contract with disgraced cricket captain Hansie Cronje.

The three nations with clubs in the Super 12 rugby competition have agreed to test a system for television officials to assist match referees this season, the New Zealand Rugby Union has confirmed.

Britain's first online tax-free betting service has launched into National Football League betting in the United States.

The NatWest Group will sponsor this summer's triangular one-day cricket competition between England, the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

IAAF president Lamine Diack said Tuesday there are "serious possibilities" that track and field's 2002 world cup could be held in the United States.

The president of Cameroon's Football Association, Vincent Onana, has been suspended following his detention over a World Cup ticket sales scandal

World soccer's governing body FIFA has made a grant of 15 million CFA francs ($26,500) to cash-strapped Congo Republic to enable the national soccer team to take part in the 2000 Olympics soccer championship, national soccer officials have said.

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 Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona, the venue for tonight's European Cup final, could soon be staging matches involving a Catlan "national" team.

Kenyan cricket chiefs have asked the sport's world governing body for more international matches following the recent West Indies tour of the country.

Ethiopia have withdrawn from the African Nations Cup qualifiers rather than play against neighbours Eritrea, the Confederation of African Football confirmed on Wednesday.

"Morocco is officially a candidate for the World Cup finals in 2006," Youth and Sports Minister Ahmed Moussaoui stated yesterday.

More than a dozen countries have declared an interest in hosting either of the next two editions of the World Club Championship, FIFA said on Thursday.

Soccer's world governing body FIFA said "no sanctions were foreseen" against Brazil for pulling out of the race to host the 2006 World Cup at the 11th hour.

South Africa's 2006 World Cup bid committee will concentrate on the "nuts and bolts" of staging the event in its campaign rather than an emotional appeal for Africa.

Soccer legend Pele has confirmed his support for South Africa's bid to stage the 2006 World Cup, saying he thought Brazil could be ready to stage the finals four years later.

African Games officials want to harmonise international sporting calendars to ensure their top athletes do not have to choose between lucrative overseas meetings and the continent's top event.

FIFA, world soccer?s governing body, appears to be back-tracking over a confidential report which ranked England's bid to stage the 2006 World Cup below that of rivals Germany and South Africa.

South Africa's quest to host the World Cup 2006 has been endorsed by the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Executive, adding an important component to the South Africa 2006 bid.

Morocco, in a move to reaffirm its bid to stage the 2006 World Cup, says it has no plans to withdraw from the competition to host the finals, an official statement said.