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    FIFA Ethics Committee chairman Sebastian Coe.  
    FIFA: Ethics Commission, Executive Committee Meetings

    FIFA’s ethics committee announced that it plans to play a “central role” in the bidding procedure for the 2018 World Cup.

    The committee, meeting at federation headquarters in Zurich, says that it should have more say in deciding the host city for the football tournament. Committee chairman Sebastian Coe has been asked by the federation to “define the relevant principles to oversee this procedure and will include members of this body to perform the task,” according to a press release.

    "Having reported back to the committee on the exchange of correspondence and discussions I had in the summer with the FIFA administration, I have now received endorsement to strengthen the role of the committee,” said Coe. “ Our body is clearly positioned alongside the other judicial bodies of FIFA and will enjoy independence and support, benefiting from budgetary means, administrative and secretarial assistance as well being able to seek legal advice where deemed necessary."

    In other FIFA news, the ruling executive committee set a new altitude limit of 2,750 meters “without acclimatization”, relaxing its earlier limit.

    In May, FIFA banned matches at 2,500 meters or higher after its medical committee advised that playing at such a height was neither healthy nor fair.

    The limit has been relaxed after objections from Latin American countries.

    In other major decisions, FIFA has set up a $ 40 million referee training project and increased from 10 to 15 per cent the share of FIFA's subsidies that must be spent by each national association promoting the women's game.

    "Our sport has been, and still is, sport for men and boys. I'd say it's a macho sport," said FIFA president Sepp Blatter. "But in the past 15 years, women's sport has remarkably developed in all continents. Even in Iran and Saudi Arabia, women's football is in."

    Still No Confidence in Badminton Federation President

    The Council of the Badminton World Federation repeated a vote of no confidence in president Kang Young Joong at a meeting this week.

    “Council members expressed grave concerns about the President’s ability to provide effective leadership of the BWF and settle the internal tensions to which he was contributing,” reads a federation statement.

    The statement refers to tensions between Kang and his deputy Punch Gunalan.

    Kang has raised suspicions over the terms of contracts negotiated by Gunalan for TV rights and sponsorships.

    The council also announced a search for a new Secretary General, Commercial Director and Director of Development, as part of a restructuring at the federation.

    The vacancies, published last week, are to be filled in early 2008.

    “This will allow the BWF to continue its drive to building its business towards London 2012 and expand its services to members,” according to a federation statement.

    An Extraordinary General Meeting is now scheduled for early next year at a date to be determined.

    IAAF Prosthetics Reaction Postponed

    The IAAF
    The report on Oscar Pistorius will not be heard until Jan. 10. (Getty)  
    has received a report on double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius, but will not announce or comment on its findings until January 10. The report on Pistorius, who competes using two curved, carbon-fiber prosthetic blades attached below the knees, was first ordered in July to determine if his blades give him an unfair advantage.

    Women’s Handball World Championships

    Russia took home the gold medal at the 2007 Women’s Handball World Championships in France, the second consecutive year it has won the event. It is also the third gold medal in four championships for the country. Norway won the silver medal, and Germany was awarded the Bronze. The next women’s handball world championships will be held in China in 2009.

    New IBAF Anti-Doping Head

    The International Baseball Federation named Australian Nicki Vance as the federation’s new Anti-Doping Manager. Vance has over 19 years of experience with anti-doping programs and worked with the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2001.

    ITF World Champions

    Roger Federer and Justine Henin were named 2007 ITF World Champions. It is the fourth consecutive year that Federer has received the honor, and the third overall for Henin.

    2007 Sailing Worlds on DVD

    The International Sailing Federation has released the 2007 Sailing World Championships on DVD. The DVD is being sold through the federation’s website.

    2011 Badminton World Championships

    The Badminton World Federation announced the 2011 World Championships will be held in London a year before the 2012 Olympics.

    Written by Bryant Armstrong

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