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Egypt's Doha Hany hits a shot next to the Olympics rings logo to China's Chen Yufei in their women's singles badminton group stage match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza in Tokyo, Japan on July 25, 2021.

Egypt considers bid to host 2036 Olympics

'Egypt has solid sporting infrastructures, and if it can host the Olympic Games, it will be historic'

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Branding is displayed near the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, in Doha, Qatar, on March 31, 2022.

Qatar to show leniency toward World Cup fans for ‘minor offenses’

'Increased leniency pleases the international community' but risks upsetting those within the country

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A general view shows the Lusail Stadium, the 80,000-capacity venue that will host this year's World Cup final, on the outskirts of Qatar's capital Doha on September 2, 2022.

Israel confirms talks on temporary Qatar office for World Cup

'There was contact between Israeli and Qatari officials'

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This handout photo provided by Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy on September 12, 2022 shows an aerial view of Lusail stadium in the Qatari capital Doha.

Qatar World Cup stadium trial disappoints fans - report

The stadium was filled to its near-capacity with 77,575 people passing through the turnstiles

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Qataris gather at the capital Doha's traditional Souq Waqif market as the official logo of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is projected on the front of a building on September 3, 2019.

Report: Qatar seeking World Cup flights for Palestinians

Jerusalem and Doha coordinating Israeli travel to soccer tournament in Gulf state starting this November

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A bartender serves visitors on September 2, 2022, during the annual annual Oktoberfest beer festival in the village of Taybeh, east of the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Report: Qatar to allow beer sales at World Cup games

'Beer will be available when gates open, which is three hours before kick-off,' a source says

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A general view shows the newly-inaugurated 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum in the capital Doha, on March 18, 2022.

Qatar opens massive sports museum ahead of World Cup

Olympic and Sports Museum will be open to soccer fans throughout the duration of the tournament

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The Red Bull Drift Brothers, Elias and Johannes Hountondji, perform prior to the first practice session at the Red Bull Ring race track in Spielberg, Austria, on July 8, 2022.

Pros compete for Jordan's King of Drift title

'The more moves you make, the more smoke the car makes, the more the audience interacts with you'

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The official match ball for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 against the Doha skyline, April 1, 2022.

World Cup 2022 booking site replaces Israel with ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories’

The incident lasted for several hours and was not resolved until Wednesday morning

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A young fan cheers for Uruguay's national soccer team before a friendly match, the last before going to the 2022 Qatar World Cup, in Montevideo, Uruguay, on June 11, 2022.

Israeli startup to make 2022 World Cup deaf-accessible

'We don’t care where you come from... We just want to help deaf people be a part of society'

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Sagi Muki of Israel at the Tel Aviv 2022 Grand Prix Judo tournament, on February 18, 2022.

Judo: Iranian defector overcomes Israeli 'friend' in their first official bout

Iran forced Saeid Mollaei to throw his matches in order to avoid facing the Israeli

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A worker at the Qatar Education Stadium, one of the 2022 World Cup stadiums in Doha, Qatar, on December 15, 2019.

World Cup stadiums in Qatar to be alcohol-free - source

'Unlike previous World Cup fan zones, beer won't be served all day long, but at restricted times'

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A Qatar Airways Airbus A350 airplane takes off from Hamad International Airport near the Qatari capital Doha on January 11, 2021.

Qatar Airways reschedules flights for World Cup

'We have to withdraw from many destinations in order to relieve capacity and make room for others'

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Charles Schwartzel during the final round of the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational at the Centurion Club in St Albans, England, on June 11, 2022.

US lawmaker: Golfers on Saudi-backed tour sold themselves out 'for shekels’

'Shekels – not just Israeli currency, but a derogatory term used by white supremacists and neo-Nazis'

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Qataris gather at the capital Doha's traditional Souq Waqif market as the official logo of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is projected on the front of a building on September 3, 2019.

Taiwan condemns Qatar for making fans list as Chinese on World Cup applications

Taiwan says 'improper political factors' shouldn't interfere with sports

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Egypt's midfielder Mohamed Elneny (C) celebrates scoring the first goal of the match with team mates Ahmed Elmohamady (L) and Mohamed Salah during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final football match between Egypt and Cameroon on February 5, 2017

Egypt's head coach fired on air after two months in charge

'We are looking to correct our mistake,' head of Egypt's Football Association says in a popular TV show

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The official match ball for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 against the Doha skyline, April 1, 2022.

Israelis will be able to enter Qatar for the World Cup

'We are bringing today another political achievement that fills the hearts of fans,' says Yair Lapid

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah reacts during an English Premier League soccer match at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, December 4, 2021.

Egypt’s football star Mo Salah to stay in Liverpool next season

Player’s current contract expires in 12 months

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Ons Jabeur holds the winner's trophy at the end of the women's final at the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, on May 7, 2022.

Tunisian tennis star inspiring Arab women to take up the sport

'It doesn't matter, Tunisia or Egypt or Morocco, I really want to see more (Arab) players'

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Melbourne Victory Afghan women’s team player Manozh (2nd R) and teammates celebrate during their first match in a local league against ETA Buffalo SC in Melbourne, Australia, on April 24, 2022.

Afghan women's football team makes debut with Australia game

'We still continue our fight and our combat just to play for the Afghanistan people'

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Uri Levy, journalist and founder of the football news site Babagol speaks to i24NEWS from Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa, Israel, on April 20, 2022.

Israelis at Qatar World Cup a ‘headache’ for security establishment

'I didn’t expect these numbers already now, in seven months before the World Cup'

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Iranian women cheer during a soccer match between their national team and Cambodia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Azadi (Freedom) Stadium in Tehran, Iran, October 10, 2019.

Iran again bans women from football stadium

About 2,000 women who bought tickets to match against Lebanon denied entry

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Germany's players pose for a group photo with the wording "Human rights" on their T-shirts prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification football match in Duisburg, Germany on March 25, 2021.

German FA pressed on Qatar human rights stance ahead of World Cup

'We must put the political, social and all related issues on the table'

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Red Bull driver Max Verstappen steers his car during the Formula One Grand Prix in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March 25, 2022.

Saudi Arabia pledges max security for F1 drivers after Houthi attack

Despite recent attacks by Yemen's Houthi rebels, Formula One received 'assurances' the race can be held safely