Qatar Hosts Iraqi Football; Liu Xiang Joins Communist Party; More Sochi Stamps

(ATR) Iraq’s "home" football qualifiers for 2012 Olympics and 2014 World Cup to be played in Qatar ... Olympic champion hurdler takes role in Chinese government ... Sochi 2014 releases new stamp set ... ATR's 1,000th Facebook follower ...

Federation Court decision on Wanniarachchi

Olympic Newsdesk - World Cup Bid Popular in Russia; Austrian NOC Lifts Bans

(ATR) Leaders for Russia's 2018 World Cup bid tell Around the Rings that public backing for its campaign will eclipse that of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi... The Austrian Olympic Committee has lifted the ban on all 12 officials linked to the blood doping scandal of the 2006 Turin Games

Olympic Newsdesk - Pollution Worse in Beijing Games; Underage Gymnast Case Examined

(ATR) A new study finds that pollution during the 2008 Beijing Games was worse than previous Olympics...The FIG turns over investigation of alleged underaged Chinese gymnasts to commission.

Olympic Briefs -- More Problems for Chambers; China Accused of Match-Fixing

(ATR) After winning gold in Turin, sprinter Dwain Chambers faces a bleak future...China accused of duplicitous behavior in badminton matches

Olympic Briefs -- IOC Member Loses NOC Election; Philippines NOC Row

(ATR) Andres Botero tells ATR that government influence cost him the election for president of the Colombian Olympic Committee... The rift between the two sports bodies in the Philippines grows

Olympic Briefs - Endorsements for Softball, Baseball; Irish Olympic Report

(ATR) Baseball and softball pick up endorsements from around the world in the sports' bids to rejoin the Olympic program... A report on Ireland's Olympic performance says more relationships between sports bodies are needed.

World Briefs--ISAF Annual Conference, Colangelo Elected USA Basketball Board Chairman, FIVB Sets 2010 World Championship Calendar

The tornado class multi-hull boast is cut from the sailing events for the 2012 Olympics.