Iraq

Football world governing body Fifa has allowed Iraq to host their national team's upcoming World Cup qualifying games in their southern city, Basra, following a "security assessment by a Fifa delegation"

Iraq has been awarded hosting rights for this year’s West Asia Football Federation (WAFF) Championship, with the event to mark the first time the country has hosted a national team tournament since the 1990s.

FIFA has banned the Iraqi Football Association (IFA) from hosting international games due to a major increase in nationwide violence, barely three months after world football’s governing body gave the green light for matches to resume.

FIFA has warned that Iraq faces being kicked out of world football competitions after the country’s football association was disbanded by the Iraqi Olympic Committee.

The Association for the Protection of Iraqi Athletes’ Rights is to file a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over its decision to uphold its ban on Iraq at the 2008 Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has upheld a ban on Iraqi teams at the 2008 Olympic Games after the government missed the deadline to address accusations of political interference.

Iraq will appeal its suspension by the International Olympic Committee and will send a high-level delegation to present its case.

David Gill, CEO of Premier League giants Manchester United, will be a keynote speaker at The Soccerex London Forum on April 5.

Organisers of next year’s FIFA World Cup have taken out a euros 158million insurance policy against its cancellation.

Teams from Arbil (North) and Basra (South) did battle on the field at Al Shaab Stadium in Baghdad for the Football United trophy, the climax of an initiative backed by the (English) Football Association.

The National Guard has reportedly pulled the plug on plans to snap up the naming rights to Washington’s Robert F Kennedy Stadium.

Friday this week (March 11) is the cut-off date for the early discount offer to The Soccerex London Forum at the Institute of Directors on April 20.

More than 70 trainees from across Iraq will participate in a coaching course founded on a learning programme developed by the English Football Association.

Icon Display, London-based specialists in sports event branding, provided the services of its newly-launched Icon Look division for the 17th Arabian Gulf Cup.

A UK project to promote participation and grassroots development in Iraqi soccer has seen a number of coaches successfully complete a Football Association training course.

Dolphin Energy Limited, the UAE-based energy company, has signed up as a main sponsor for the four-sport Arabian Gulf Cup.

Recently formed Etihad Airlines has secured its first sponsorship deal as platinum sponsor of the 17th Gulf Cup to be held in Doha, Qatar in December.

FIFA has voiced mounting concerns over government interference in the affairs of football associations.

Editorial director Kevin Roberts reviews the issues of the past seven days.

The English Football Association has teamed up with the UK government and the Iraqi Football Association to launch a project designed to develop grassroots football in Iraq.

Two of the most powerful men in world sport met in Switzerland yesterday – with the issue of doping taking centre stage.

Sport marketing consultancy IraqiSport has signed an agreement with ICTAS, the precursor administration to the National Olympic Committee of Iraq (NOCI), to assist in the development of sport and the management of rights and other commercial interests.

Despite the war in Iraq impacting on most US network's TV viewing figures, Fox Sports' coverage of the first half of the NASCAR season maintained its television audience levels from last year.

Meetings will take place in Kuwait this week to discuss how to rebuild the Iraqi Olympic programme, following the recent regime change in the country.

The sale of the new Wembley Stadium's premier seating and hospitality programme could not have been achieved last year to the slump in the economy, a senior IMG executive has confirmed.

London has finally confirmed it will bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, after months of delays.

The IOC is set to approve a recommendation at its Executive Board meeting next week for the establishment of a new Iraqi Olympic Committee.

London's hopes of bidding for the 2012 Olympic Games have received a timely boost after new research revealed seven out of 10 Londoners believed there would be long-term social benefits to hosting the event.

Basketball's Euroleague has reported an overall average attendance increase for the third consecutive year.

Media reports suggest that French president Jacques Chirac has officially confirmed Paris' intention to bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.

The FIFA World Youth Championships have been rescheduled.

Increased security costs will be the main impact on sport this summer following the current war in Iraq, according to hundreds of industry executives voting in the latest sportbusiness.com poll.

The ratings for the semi-finals of this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament are down on the previous year as the broadcasts compete with coverage of the war in Iraq.