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UAE set to host IPL 2020 cricket tournament beginning next month

The matches are slated to be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah

Saudi Arabia’s PIF abandons bid for Newcastle United

The consortium formally withdrew its interest because of the prolonged process and current challenges

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Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament for 2020 cancelled

A local tournament may be held in Dubai in December, the official announcement of which is expected on August 10

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Abu Dhabi’s ‘safe zone’ at UFC Fight Island ensures maximum safety for all

An 11-square-kilometre stretch of Yas Island has been blocked off from the public to create a safety bubble for all those involved with the ongoing UFC event

Abu Dhabi resumes indoor sporting activities, gyms can operate for 24 hours

Showers, saunas, changing rooms and prayer rooms are not to be used

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Seven winners split Dhs1m in UAE’s Emirates Loto draw

The winning combination of numbers were 5, 11, 16, 20, 23 and 38.

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Saudi’s Gamers Without Borders championship becomes world’s largest charity esports event

The ongoing esports fundraiser has already donated $6.5m to various global charities fighting the Covid-19 pandemic

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UAE Football Association to cut salaries of players and coaches

Contracts which are expiring will be extended beyond June and transfer deals due to be completed this summer will be delayed until the next season begins

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Dubai Sports Council and ASICS to organise ‘Marathon at Home’ on April 10

The top three finishers in the Men and Women category will receive an entry ticket to the Moscow Marathon

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UAE-linked esports governing body IESF signs agreement with Asian counterpart

There are believed to be close to 2.5 billion gamers worldwide

Tokyo Olympics delayed a year as virus wipes out 2020 plans

The Olympic torch relay that was supposed to start later this week had already been called off

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Dubai World Cup 2020 is postponed to next year

On Thursday, the country’s federal sports authority suspended all sporting tournaments and competitions

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Dubai World Cup to be held without spectators at the venue

Fans will not miss out on the action altogether though as the event will be televised live

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No spectators allowed at this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix event

The race weekend will proceed ahead as a televised event

Olympics have a $900m reserve fund for canceled games

The fund, established in 2001 with a $105m budget, grew to $422m by 2008

Saudi-led investor group said to be in talks to buy Newcastle United

The investor group has reportedly shown intent to purchase the soccer team, owned by British billionaire Mike Ashley, for $445m

UAE’s Sheikh Sultan appointed to the board of global esports body IESF

The International Esports Federation is also expanding into the Middle East

UAE’s Emirates celebrated 50 years of Dubai Rugby Sevens

The 50th edition of the Dubai Rugby Sevens took place from December 5-7

International Esports Federation to expand into the Middle East

The regional Esports segment has seen strong growth in recent months

Saudi, UAE and Bahrain to attend Gulf Cup in Qatar

The three Gulf Arab states cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017

Wrestling group WWE inks deal for Saudi events

The partnership with the Saudi General Entertainment Authority runs through 2027

The rise of sports tourism in the Middle East

A number of high-profile sporting events in the region could just be the beginning for a booming industry

Saudi prince wins court battle to control football club Sheffield United

The UK high court ordered the British co-owner of the club to sell his 50 per cent share to Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad

More big fights coming to UAE after Abu Dhabi Showdown Week – UFC president

UFC 242 event also featuring professional women’s MMA fights in the UAE

Saudi Arabia to host world’s richest horse race in 2020

The Saudi Cup, which will be run over nine furlongs on dirt on Feb. 29, will award the winner $10m

Saudi could host Formula One race by 2021 – report

The Middle East already hosts two races, at Sakhir in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina

IOC lifts ban on Kuwait ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Kuwait was suspended back in October 2015 over a new sports law

Ex-UEFA head Platini released after being questioned over Qatar World Cup

Platini’s lawyer, William Bourdon, said his client was innocent of all charges

Former UEFA chief Platini questioned in Qatar World Cup probe

Prosecutors are investigating suspected corruption and bribery in the process of awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Emirates to screen football finals live on flights to and from England

The finals of the UEFA Europa League will be shown live inflight on May 29 and the Champions League final on June 1