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Carol Anne Letheren, chief executive officer of the Canadian Olympic Association and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), remained in critical condition in intensive care in a Toronto hospital on Thursday.

Michael Weisman, the Emmy Award winning executive and sports producer, has joined the sports-based entertainment and e-commerce Internet company, SportsPrize Entertainment Inc?s, Board of Directors.

English cricket's ruling body was left red-faced after its own website criticised several members of the squad currently touring Sri Lanka, including captain Nasser Hussain.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Robert Steadward has declared the Paralympic Games, the best Games ever, as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Juan Antonio Samaranch had done on October 1. Steadward said the Paralympics had had been "an absolutely outstanding event".

Sporting goods manufacturer, Reebok, has published a report strongly criticising working conditions in factories in Indonesia manufacturing its own products.

The Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) has decided to move the $170,000 Sanyo Indonesia Open from Surabaya to Jakarta for security and sponsorship reasons.

ESPN STAR Sports, the joint venture between STAR TV and ESPN, has established a sales office in Taiwan led by sales director Simon Huang.

A threatened Asian boycott of the 2002 World Cup looks likely to be averted after the Asian Football Confederation cancelled an emergency meeting and asked member countries to enter the Cup's qualifying competition.

Sukom Ninety Eight Bhd, the organisers of the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, have admitted their merchandising programme for the Games had failed and they are unlikely to reap the projected income from it, the New Straits Times has reported.

Around $A2.94m worth of computer hardware has been despatched to the site of the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia.

The French capital announced it was bidding for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

Malaysia has ruled out the idea of a night Grand Prix at its Sepang circuit, deeming it too dangerous.

Basketball will be played at the Commonwealth Games for the first time in Melbourne in 2006 but cricket is likely to be ruled out, state officials have said.

A delegation of the Kuala Lumpur 2006 Asian Games bidding committee has arrived in Iran for a three-day campaigning visit.

ESPN Star Sports has made three new appointments to its team.

Sports, entertainment and events marketing and management firms Philadelphia-based RHB Ventures and Quintus Group in London, have merged to form Quintus, Incorporated.

Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) president Charlie Dempsey has said he had permission to vary his vote at the FIFA meeting that decided Germany would host the 2006 World Cup, not South Africa.

Heavyweight boxing’s postponed WBA title fight between Evander Holyfield and John Ruiz has been rescheduled for November in Beijing.

US sports marketing firm, Envision Sports and Entertainment, is expanding into Europe, appointing former ISL chiefs Chris Renner and Mark Devenport in the process.

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.

Chinese steel maker Shougang Corp will move its dirtiest plants out of heavily polluted Beijing, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, by the end of this year.

FIFA’s marketing and competitions director, Michael Black, has quit his job – less than 12 months before the World Cup kicks off in Japan and South Korea.

The International Association of Athletics Federations has appointed Japanese advertising giant Dentsu to handle worldwide television and sponsorship sales for its World Athletics Series.

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