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Wrestling 03 Feb 2017 | 9:52 PM

Iran bans US wrestlers in retaliation to Trump's visa ban - TV

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran said on Friday it had barred a U.S. wrestling team from participating in the Freestyle World Cup competition in retaliation for an executive order by President Donald Trump banning visas for Iranians, state television reported.

Football 01 Feb 2017 | 6:11 AM

Trump policies cloud potential U.S. World Cup bid

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's controversial immigration policies could hurt an expected U.S. bid to host the 2026 World Cup although plenty of time remains for concerns to ease before the decision by world soccer's governing body FIFA.

Other Sport 01 Feb 2017 | 4:29 AM

Olympians urge speedy resolution to Trump travel ban

(Reuters) - The World Olympians Association (WOA) expressed concern on Tuesday about the potential impact U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on visitors from some Muslim-majority nations could have on athletes and urged a quick resolution.

Other Sport 30 Jan 2017 | 8:51 AM

Olympian Mo Farah slams Trump ban, says makes him 'alien' in U.S.

LONDON (Reuters) - British Olympic champion Mo Farah said he was relieved he would be able to rejoin his family in the United States after the British government said late on Sunday the new U.S. travel restrictions did not apply to UK nationals born, like Farah, in one of the countries listed.

Other Sport 03 Oct 2016 | 12:36 AM

France can provide safe Games in 2024, says Hollande

PARIS (Reuters) - Should Paris be selected to host the 2024 Olympics, France is well equipped to stage a safe Games because of the security measures that are in place after the recent terror attacks, president Francois Hollande said on Sunday.

Other Sport 31 Jul 2016 | 11:09 AM

First-ever refugee team ascends to Rio's Christ statue

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Members of the first-ever Olympic refugee team visited Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ statue Saturday, with smiles as wide as their arms were outstretched, imitating the landmark's open embrace as they posed for photos.

Other Sport 25 Jul 2016 | 9:34 AM

Syria's first table tennis Olympian looking beyond Rio

(Reuters) - Teenager Heba Allejji, Syria's first Olympic table-tennis player, says she wants to show that the sport is alive and well in her country despite the civil war that is driving many fellow players abroad.

Football 11 Jun 2016 | 1:32 AM

Albania coach says impossible can happen

PARIS (Reuters) - Albania coach Gianni De Biasi hopes to emulate English Premier League champions Leicester City by making the "impossible" happen and disproving their underdog status when they meet Switzerland in Group A on Saturday.

Football 05 Jun 2016 | 11:29 PM

German anti-immigrant leader criticises Muslim football star Ozil

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has criticised midfielder Mesut Ozil for not singing the national anthem, in the latest dig from the anti-immigrant party against ethnic minority members of the national football team.

Other Sport 01 Jun 2016 | 11:10 PM

Brazil, after Europe attacks, raises guard against Olympic terror

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil is raising its guard and tightening security ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels and a threat by an alleged Islamic State militant.