Asia

Lawrence Wong, the chief executive of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, has called for betting duty to be scrapped in what he regards would be the “ultimate solution” to the severe competition coming from on-line gambling sites.

India's professional golf tour has no plans to hand the commercial rights for the coming season to a fresh bidder, the Indian Professional Golfers' Association (PGAI) said on Monday.

Chung Mong Joon, vice-president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA and co-chairman of Korea’s 2002 World Cup organising committee, said he thinks that the tournament, which it will co-host with Japan, will help bring political stability and prosperity to Asia.

Chung Mong Joon, South Korean vice-president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA has urged its president Sepp Blatter to reveal all he knows about the financial collapse of its marketing agent ISL-ISMM.

FIFA have put back by 24 hours an executive committee meeting expected to discuss the collapse of ISL-ISMM, world soccer's governing body said on Wednesday.

A new regional Australian sports and recreation body, Sports Industry Queensland (SIQ), has been set up to give sports industry professionals in the State of Queensland a better chance of competing for international and domestic business.

FIFA Marketing – the new unit set up within soccer’s governing body following the collapse of ISL – is celebrating after clinching a hat-trick of deals.

Sepp Blatter, president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA, played down the chances of North Korea hosting any matches in next year's World Cup finals, but said he would still probably visit the country later this year.

Cricket fans will be able to listen to live commentary on the internet for the current one-day international cricket series involving England, Pakistan and Australia.

Turkey's Olympic chief looks disdainfully upon the report that may crush Istanbul's bid to host the 2008 Olympics.

The future of the Olympic Games looks set to pass into the hands of a Belgian surgeon-cum-yachtsman who has earned a reputation for a calm touch in a storm.

A squad of top NBA players will visit China and Taiwan in September for two exhibition games, the National Basketball Association has announced.

Badminton's prestigious World Grand Prix finals are to be scrapped in their present format.

The biggest names from last year's Sydney Olympics are back in Australia for the Goodwill Games with the event's organisers hoping Maurice Greene, Marion Jones and Ian Thorpe can save the event from oblivion.