Costa Rica

Les McDonald, president of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), the world governing body of the Olympic sport, has been forced into a court case in Vancouver, British Columbia, over allegations that recent elections to his organisation were fixed, with some national federations being denied their right to vote.

The first person to be convicted on federal charges of running an illegal offshore Internet sports gambling operation has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison.

Costa Rica has set itself up as the offshore gambling capital of the world with large quantities of US cash entering the country in the lead up to the start of the American football season

Soccer outsiders Barbados, who shocked Costa Rica in their first 2002 World Cup qualifying match, may be forced to abandon their campaign because of lack of money.

Facts about the FIFA vote to decide who stages the 2006 World Cup finals, which will take place on Thursday in Zurich.

Sportingbet.com, the Channel Islands-based bookmaker, has acquired Betmaker.com, a Costa Rica-based internet gambling site, in a deal worth about #15million, reports the Financial Times.

Univision, the leading Spanish-language television broadcast company in the United States, is to broadcast the "Copa Oro 2000" (Gold Cup) tournament, beginning on Sunday, February 13.