Middle East

  • 28.06.2018 /
    The “Foundation for Sports Integrity” was recently launched in a lavish setting that made several participants ask about the source of the money. Two of them were Andreas Selliaas and Jan Jensen, who have tried to track the secret backers of the new initiative.
  • Photo: robfarrelltho/Flickr
    02.06.2017 /
    On 12 April 2017 CAS lifted the suspension of Kuwait Shooting Federation imposed by the General Assembly of the International Shooting Sport Federation. The CAS ruling could have a long term impact on Kuwait’s suspension from multiple sports and the associated international intrigues.
  • Photo: screenshot/www.HRW.org
    27.06.2016 /
    An international volleyball tournament in the Iranian capital has thrown into sharp relief a debate in international sporting associations on how to deal with nations that restrict women’s rights as athletes and/or spectators.
  • Photo: Lena Odgaard
    03.05.2016 /
    As the fourth annual Palestine Marathon was held this year, it highlighted again Palestinians’ lack of right to movement, as over 100 runners from Gaza were not allowed to participate. Still, its rapid growth and popularity among especially Palestinian women also tell a different story.
  • Photo: Katie/Flickr
    19.04.2016 /
    Sanctions on Kuwaiti sports form part of a local political power struggle that implicates international sports leaders, writes Danish newspaper.
  • Photo: Miuenski Miuenski/Flickr
    14.04.2016 /
    In a new book, James M. Dorsey sets out to explain the connection between football and politics in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Photo: Lenbj/Wikimedia
    06.11.2015 /
    Assertions by Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, a candidate for the presidency of world soccer body FIFA, that he was not involved in the arrest and abuse of sports executives and athletes in his native Bahrain in 2011 raise more questions than answers.
  • Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game
    28.10.2015 /
    Qatar’s success in securing the rights to host the 2022 World Cup will be cheaper than fighting a war and could improve workers’ rights but may not prove successful in garnering soft power. That was the message from a session titled ‘Qatar and the Soft Diplomacy of Sport’.

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