Their country may not be renowned for its frozen conditions, but Mar-yam Bin-ali and Yazid Al-ya-fei made sporting history when Qatar faced Wales at the World Curling Championship in Sweden.
A year out from the 2018 Winter Olympics and everything in Pyeongchang seems under control. Stadiums are built, tickets are ready and events are decided but not everyone in South Korea is convinced it'll all go smoothly.
The International Olympic Committee has made the protection of human rights a specific reference in its contract with host cities. Leading rights groups, including HRW and Amnesty, have praised the move.
A damning report over state-run doping is heaping pressure on Russia's sports minister. But President Vladimir Putin is sticking by his old St. Petersburg pal, Vitaly Mutko. The pair go back more than two decades.
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