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Fifty killed in Egypt soccer pitch invasion - ministry

CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 50 people were killed after a soccer pitch invasion in the Egyptian city of Port Said, health ministry sources said, raising the official estimate of the death count from 25.

Smokers face tighter rules as Japanese capital eyes smoke-free Olympics

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan must make public places in Tokyo smoke-free by the time it hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics or risk falling afoul of International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules that call for a healthy games, activists said on Tuesday.

Pharmacists set a good example

The Kelantan delegation of pharmacists reigned supreme at the inaugural World Pharmacists Day (WPD) Games after emerging champions in the inter-state multi-sport event.

Athletes need health certificates to compete in Asean Para Games

PETALING JAYA: Only athletes with health certificates from their respective countries, certifying them as free from the influenza A(H1N1) virus, will be allowed to compete in the Asean Para Games here from Aug 15-19.

Brazil's Olympic marketing campaign victim of government paralysis

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Images of Brazilian beaches, samba and football should by now be lighting up television sets and adorning metro stations around the world, tempting tourists to flock to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games in August.

Japan's revised smoking measures threaten smoky 2020 Olympics, critics say

TOKYO (Reuters) - Two Japanese doctors on Wednesday raised concerns about the government's latest effort to prevent second-hand smoking, saying it could lead to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo being held in an "extremely smoky environment".

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 venues to be 100 percent smoke-free - organisers

TOKYO (Reuters) - All the venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be 100 percent smoke-free, the organisers said on Thursday.

Japan hopefully has time to build virus defences before Olympics - professor

TOKYO (Reuters) - Vaccines against a coronavirus that has killed 170 people in China probably won't be ready by the start of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, a professor who looked at health risks ahead of the Games said, adding that he hoped that there was enough time to build defences.

Fans put their hearts into organ donor campaign

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Not even death can sever fans' links with their beloved football team, promises a campaign to boost organ donations in Brazil which has helped to cut waiting lists for cornea and heart transplants to all-time lows.

Saudi Arabia to allow women's sports clubs - paper

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is to license women's sports clubs for the first time, al-Watan daily reported, in a major step for an ultra-religious country where clerics have warned against female exercise.