The 10 cities hoping to host the 2008 Summer Games left International Olympic Committee headquarters this week confident they would all clear the first hurdle in the bidding process.

Germany has entered the race to stage the 2006 World Cup finals after they officially handed in their initial bid document to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

FIFA head Sepp Blatter has advised Africa to endorse a single bidder to stage the 2006 World Cup finals on the continent for the first time.

Accra's Sports Stadium has been banned from hosting next month's African Super Cup and the match switched to nearby Kumasi in Ghana, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced in Cairo.

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

Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch has gaven a clean bill of health to Chinese sport and said Beijing was now an example to the world of how to fight against drug cheats.

Manchester United will take another step towards global brand status by opening a chain of retail shops in the Middle East.

Egyptian club Zamalek are asking the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for a switch in the venue of this year's African Super Cup from Ghana because of concerns about safety.

A formidable army of supporters lined up to back England's World Cup 2006 bid, are claiming that the resignation of F.A. chief executive Graham Kelly would not hurt the nation's chances.

Egypt's national soccer manager Mahmoud el-Gohary and the board of the Egyptian Football Association have resigned following the national team's defeat last week in the Confederations Cup Championship in Mexico.

The Paris-Dakar rally returns to its geographical roots in 2001 when the race starts from the French capital on New Year's Day before a 10,000-km trek across Europe and north Africa takes competitors to the Senegal capital.

China has set up a 76-member committee to organise Beijing's bid for the 2008 Olympic Games.

The African Football Confederation (CAF) acknowledged for the first time that South Africa's 2006 World Cup bid could be damaged without the support of the entire continent.

Al-Dahshouri Harb has been appointed the new head of the Egypt Football Association (EFA) following the resignation of the EFA board.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has chosen Tunisia as host nation for the African Nations Cup finals in 2004.

The Extreme Sports Channel has extended its coverage beyond Europe after it signed a deal with pay-TV platform Showtime in the Middle East and Africa.