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Biggest women's football World Cup can be platform for global growth - FIFA

LONDON (Reuters) - A record breaking women's World Cup next year in France would be the perfect platform to inspire more young girls to take up soccer around the globe, FIFA's Chief Women's Football Officer Sarai Bareman has told Reuters.

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Olympic status fuels rugby's global growth

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - It's been so long since a gold medal has been awarded in Olympic rugby that the United States was the country to win it.

Athletics

We must embrace innovation for global growth - Coe

(Reuters) - Athletics must embrace innovation and respond to social,

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Rugby: Japan, New Zealand and South Africa in close World Cup race

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: New Zealand will emphasize passion and tradition, Japan will offer global growth and a marketplace and South Africa will stress a proven record when rivals to host the 2011 World Cup make final pitches Thursday to the International Rugby Board in Ireland.

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Table tennis - Chinese players to partner rivals at Korea Open

(Reuters) - Chinese table tennis players will pair up with international rivals for the first time at this week's Korea Open in a bid to improve competition and boost the sport's global growth.

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Table tennis - Chinese players to partner rivals at Korea Open

(Reuters) - Chinese table tennis players will pair up with international rivals for the first time at this week's Korea Open in a bid to improve competition and boost the sport's global growth.

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Lengthy absences force Yao Ming to announce his retirement

SHANGHAI: Basketball star Yao Ming announced his retirement yesterday after a trail-blazing career that made him China's best-known athlete abroad and helped spur the game's global growth.

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Stars want Presidents Cup staged in Asia, South America

HOPING to increase golf's global growth, top Internationals players Ernie Els and Angel Cabrera pushed on Wednesday for the Presidents Cup to be staged in Asia and South America.

Football

Sports-free Swiss economy set for worst performance in eight years

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's economy will fall short of 1 percent growth this year, the government forecast on Thursday, the weakest performance in eight years at least partly the result of a lack of global sporting events.