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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.

German sports brand Puma has unveiled the first phase of its 2002 World Cup advertising campaign which focuses on the fortunes of the Cameroon national team.

Tiger Beer has signed for a third time as title sponsor of Asian soccer’s Tiger 5s futsal tournament.

Next year's French Formula One Grand Prix has been pushed back to the end of July to avoid any clash with the 2002 World Cup soccer finals.

The England cricket team’s tour of India later this year looks set to be shelved because of the political crisis in the Middle East.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has dismissed claims New York should be automatically handed the 2012 Olympic Games in the wake of the suicide plane attacks in America.

IOC president Jacques Rogge has dismissed claims New York should be automatically handed the 2012 Olympic Games in the wake of the suicide plane attacks in America.

UK company Aggreko has won an exclusive contract to supply temporary power for broadcasters during next year’s FIFA World Cup in Japan.

Vietnam has earmarked a budget of about US$800m (B

Hockey’s Men’s Champions Trophy could be moved from Pakistan as a result of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States.

South Africa will consider enforcing no-fly zones over cricket stadiums at the 2003 World Cup after last week's terrorist attacks on the US – as sporting events around the world tighten up on security.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has changed the venue of its October Executive Board meeting from Pakistan to Malaysia, in recognition of recent world events and the uncertainty over the security aspects of international travel to the region.

Attheraces, the UK media consortium run by BSkyB, Channel 4 and Arena Leisure, has appointed Simon Cooper as its communications director.

The Indian government has indefinitely delayed the Afro-Asian Games due to be held in New Delhi between November 3 and 11.

Organisers of next summer’s soccer World Cup say they will work closely with the CIA and other international security agencies to ensure safety at the event.

Juan Margets has been re-elected as ITF executive vice-president during its annual general meeting in Mexico.

The three-nation cricket tournament between Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will go ahead as planned in October, organisers have said.

The International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit is visiting South Africa this week for a series of meetings linked to security planning for the World Cup in 2003.

Soccer legent Johan Cruyff will become the global ambassador for Hyundai during the World Cup next year in Japan and South Korea, following a deal with sports marketing giant Octagon.

The NBA has called a planned series of exhibition games in the Far East next week in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the US.

South Korea has unveiled the fourth of its ten World Cup stadiums today with a friendly international against Nigeria.

South Korea is to create no-fly zones during next year's World Cup above its stadia amid security concerns sparked by the US attacks earlier this week.