Dutch plan nationwide bid for 2019 European Games
Dutch plan nationwide bid for 2019 European Games

The Netherlands will launch a bid to host the second edition of the European Games in 2019, planning a financially low-risk nationwide concept for the continental competition.

Hollande raises Azerbaijan`s rights record in Baku talks

 French President Francois Hollande on Saturday raised rights abuses with ex-Soviet Azerbaijan`s President Ilham Aliyev at talks focused on its simmering dispute with Armenia over the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh.

Human rights record not overshadowing inaugural European Games: Simon Clegg
Human rights record not overshadowing inaugural European Games: Simon Clegg

Azerbaijan`s record on human rights is not overshadowing the build-up to the inaugural European Games being hosted by Baku in June, claimed its chief operating officer Simon Clegg on Thursday.

Monza in peril as Ecclestone considers future
Monza in peril as Ecclestone considers future

The future of the classic Italian Grand Prix at Monza remained uncertain Monday after it was revealed by Formula One commercial ring-master Bernie Ecclestone that he was considering dumping it from the calendar.

Azerbaijan jails prominent rights campaigner

A court in Azerbaijan on Thursday jailed a prominent human rights campaigner for six and a half years, a move denounced by his lawyer and rights groups as politically motivated.

Armenian troops kill Azerbaijani soldier in fresh clashes: Baku

 Armenian forces on Thursday killed an Azerbaijani soldier in the latest breach of a ceasefire between the arch-foes locked in a simmering conflict over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region, officials in Baku said.

Wanted Azeri rights activist hiding in Swiss embassy: Official

A prominent Azerbaijani rights activist, who is wanted by the tightly-controlled Caucasus country`s authorities and risks imminent arrest, is hiding in the Swiss embassy in Baku, officials said on Friday.

Joke is on European Games sceptics, says Pat Hickey
Joke is on European Games sceptics, says Pat Hickey

Those people who joked the European Games would never take place have been proved wrong, said European Olympic Committee president Pat Hickey, the driving force behind the idea.

Boston will be `strong` 2024 candidate: IOC chief
Boston will be `strong` 2024 candidate: IOC chief

IOC president Thomas Bach said Friday that Boston will be a "strong" candidate for the 2024 Olympic Games because of the US city`s sporting fervour and the United States` sporting power.

US-funded Radio Liberty in Azerbaijan raided

Prosecutors in Azerbaijan on Friday raided the offices of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty`s local service, according to its director who condemned the move as a crackdown on free media in the tightly-controlled Caucasus nation.

Armenia vows 'grave consequences' after helicopter downed

Armenia threatened 'grave consequences' on Wednesday after Azerbaijani forces shot down a military helicopter, sparking fears of a major escalation in the conflict over the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh.

Baku to host artistic, acrobatic gymnastics tournament

A tournament featuring artistic and acrobatic gymnastics, as well as tumbling, organised by the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation, will be held here Aug 6-7.

Journalists protest internet fee for Commonwealth Games

Sports journalists from more than 100 countries have signed a petition protesting the internet fee imposed by the organisers of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Five Azerbaijan troops killed in road crash

At least five Azerbaijan soldiers were killed and six seriously injured when their vehicle rammed into a tree and overturned, the government said.

Football is victim of corruption: FIFA chief

Baku: Football is the victim of corruption in every society, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said.

Doha and Baku cut from 2020 Olympic bid field

Doha and Baku were eliminated from the race for the 2020 Olympics on Wednesday as the IOC trimmed the field of candidates from five cities to three.

Qatar unveils logo of tree for 2020 Olympic bid

A multi-coloured tree has been selected as the logo for Doha`s bid to host the 2020 Olympics. Bid leaders said the idea of the tree was inspired by the Arabic word for Doha- ad-dawha.

I will happily take this bronze: Vikas

He could not better his senior Vijender Singh`s feat but teen Indian boxer Vikas Krishan is still quite happy with the bronze medal.

6 cities lodge bids for 2020 Olympics

Six cities from Europe, Asia and the Middle East are competing to host the 2020 Olympics.