Asia

Malysian Youth and Sports Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has welcomed theFootball Association of Malaysia (FAM) decision to stop foreign imports in the Malysian League and Cup tournaments from next season.

Malaysia?s Selangor State Government is launching a major sports tourism thrust by highlighting the many golf courses in the state.

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has verbally agreed to fight Nigerian David Izon in Kuala Lumpur in June, according to fight promoters.

Beijing is eyeing the 2008 Olympics as a cure for problems ranging from choking smog to taxi-clogged streets, and as an image boost for the Communist capital.

The IOC has confirmed that ten cities have submitted preliminary bids for the 2008 Summer Games.

Video-on-demand (VOD) firm Yes Television ? which hopes to become one of the leaders in on-demand sport ? has formed a joint venture with Sky Vision Corporation.

Octagon, the Interpublic-owned sports marketing and entertainment group, is expanding into South East Asia through a partnership with Singapore-based sports marketing firm RTA.

Singapore?s City TV will be the only free-to-air channel to bring viewers live television coverage of the UEFA Champions League this season.

Singapore's multi-million dollar sports industry can double its market value to S$1.4 billion by 2010 according to a recent report.

Four foreign soccer players in Singapore have been arrested in connection with a local match-fixing probe, according to a local media report.

Olympic leaders are to meet to discuss drug cheating in world sport.

Australian Olympics official Phil Coles said on Monday his resignation from the Sydney Olympics organising committee SOCOG was best for the 2000 Games.

The Bangkok Asian Games Organising Committee will decide tomorrow whether it will use the Muang Thong Thani sports complex of Bangkok Land Plc as a venue for the 13th Asian Games this December.

The Salt Lake City bribery scandal is likely to haunt the next president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in his first year in charge, according to prospective candidate Jacques Rogge.

Asia's financial crisis has cost the Asian Games $12 million in lost marketing revenue, the region's Olympic chief has said.

Eleven doping control laboratories were shown the "yellow card" by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for failing to comply with guidelines.

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.