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Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of hampering its access to Gulf meet on coronavirus

DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of allowing a protracted dispute to hinder Gulf Arab coordination over the coronavirus outbreak by denying the Qatari health minister timely access to a meeting of regional health ministers in Riyadh.

Football

Qatar brings first new World Cup stadium to life as FIFA mulls expansion

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar inaugurated the first of seven new World Cup 2022 stadiums on Thursday, just weeks before a crucial FIFA summit will decide whether to expand the tournament and potentially push it beyond the tiny Gulf state's borders to accommodate a larger format.

Motorsport

F1 goes free-to-air in Middle East under new MBC deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One will be broadcast live and free-to-air in the Middle East and North Africa under a new five-year deal with MBC Group, the sport announced on Wednesday.

Football

AFC gets experts to combat pirate TV channel beoutQ

(Reuters) - The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is roping in experts to step up its fight against Intellectual Property (IP) theft by pirate channel beoutQ that illegally broadcast last month's Asian Cup, the confederation said on Tuesday.

Other Sport

Qatar aims to build $20 billion sports sector ahead of World Cup

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar wants to attract more sports companies to the Gulf state, aiming to develop a $20 billion (15.51 billion pounds) sports sector ahead of the 2022 World Cup, a senior official said on Sunday.

Tennis

NBA, U.S. Tennis, Sky, urge U.S. action on alleged Saudi TV piracy

DOHA (Reuters) - A group of sports bodies and broadcasters including the U.S. National Basketball Association, U.S. Tennis Association and Sky has called for the United States to add Saudi Arabia to its "priority watch list" over alleged TV piracy, filings show.

Motorsport

Motor racing - Qatar's beIN says it is not renewing F1 deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Qatar-based beIN Sports said on Friday it had decided not to renew a contract for the rights to broadcast Formula One in the Middle East and North Africa as a consequence of piracy in the region.

Other Sport

Zaccheroni backs fast-improving Asian Cup hosts to get past Qatar

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Alberto Zaccheroni believes it will be much harder to win the Asian Cup this year than when he led Japan to their 2011 triumph but is confident his fast-improving United Arab Emirates side will get past Qatar in Tuesday's semi-final.