Asia

Gold and silver coins commemorating soccer's 2002 World Cup finals have been minted in South Korea, which is gearing up with Japan to co-host the biggest event in world football.

Soccer's world governing body FIFA resolved a ticketing row between South Korea and Japan by ruling the title of the 2002 World Cup will stay the same,.

Doubts have been cast over the suitability of the venue in Japan set to stage the 2002 World Cup Final after it was discovered the site was polluted.

?The X Games'' is fulfilling the two mandates that prompted ESPN to create them five years ago, according to Variety magazine.

Major Japanese Internet investor Softbank Corp has affirmed that its affiliate will start an online sports news service in a joint venture with Rivals.com Inc, a U.S. operator of Internet sports news.

NBBJ, the second largest architecture firm in the US, has promoted a number of staff members involved in sports facility design.

Power consumption surged to record levels in Sri Lanka last week when millions switched on their televisions to watch the World Cup cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Sri Lanka's cricket board has elected a new administration after one of the two main contenders pulled out at the 11th hour saying the vote was not fair.

Athletes from cash-strapped Laos and Cambodia will be given free accomodation at next week's Asian Games in Thailand, officials have said.

The people of East Timor will get to see the Olympics after all thanks to the help of an Australian broadcaster.

The World Boxing Council (WBC) has confirmed that Jakarta will host the 39th Annual World Convention in November.

Malaysia's Sports Ministry will market the main stadium, indoor stadium and other facilities built for the Commonwealth Games to those wishing to use them after September, the New Stratits Times reported.

The Nine Network has denied that it had to discount its sponsorship packages for the Commonwealth Games due to insufficient interest.

Tunku Imran, the Emeritus President of the World Squash Federation (WSF), has been elected President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia - succeeding by 66 votes to 33 the predecessor who had held the position for 23 years.

Malaysia's ruling soccer body will not support Asia's tentative boycott of the 2002 World Cup over an extra berth, according to local newspaper reports.

Goal celebration antics cost Malaysia's self-styled soccer 'Superman' 2,000 ringgit ($526) after a sponsor complained his display hid its company logo during a TV broadcast.

The first Grand Prix of next season, which takes place in Melbourne, Australia, will utilise ticketing services from Synchro Systems? sister company Ticketmaster 7 of Australia.