Syrian Premier League football is set to make a return in late May, while the United Arab Emirates aims to restart its top-tier Pro League in August, after all football activities were suspended in theā€¦

World Chess Federation (FIDE) president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has declared 2016 to be a “year of chess” in the United States, despite being forced to transfer his financial authority in the country to vice-president Georgios Makropoulos amid sanctions imposed on him regarding alleged ties to Syria.