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Category: South and Central Asia

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‘It’s an act of hope’: the fairytale rise of the Real Kashmir football team

For 90 minutes, while their team plays, people of the war-torn Indian region of Kashmir forget curfews and protests and enjoy normalityBefore an away match, Mohammed Hammad used to call his mother in Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir and ask her …

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‘We worship the body’: India’s kushti mud wrestlers – a photo essay

Caste and religion are left at the door of India’s traditional wrestling academies, where the pursuit of physical grace and brute force is a pathway out of poverty By day Amol Patil, 23, is a security guard, standing in a sentry box outside a company o…

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India and Pakistan in social media dogfight before cricket clash

Pakistani channel releases spoof video of shot-down pilot, prompting outrage in IndiaIndia and Pakistan have had tempestuous relations since their birth as independent states. There have been wars, skirmishes, bad-natured exchanges, and prolonged diplo…

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Afghanistan’s football president banned for life for sexual abuse

• Keramuudin Karim fined a million Swiss dollars• Fifa says he abused his position of powerThe suspended Afghanistan Football Federation president, Keramuudin Karim, has been banned for life from all football-related activity and fined a million Swiss …

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Fifa aware of Afghanistan sexual abuse allegations two years ago, according to emails

• Fifa has said it was told of the claims in early 2018• Questions raised over Asian Football Confederation account tooFifa and Asian football’s governing body were made aware of sexual abuse allegations against senior Afghanistan football officials an…

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‘It’s humiliating for us’: village disowns Dutee Chand, India’s first openly gay athlete

Country’s fastest sprinter praised for courage, but family and locals say they cannot accept a gay relationship Supporters of India’s first openly gay athlete fear for her safety after her decision to come out prompted a backlash in her home village.Lo…

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Sprinter Dutee Chand becomes India’s first openly gay athlete

Runner reveals she is in relationship with woman from her village in Odisha stateIndian sprinter Dutee Chand has revealed she is in a same-sex relationship, becoming the country’s first openly gay athlete.Chand, 23, told the Indian Express she was in a…

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Bangladesh cricket team escape Christchurch mosque shooting

Batsman Tamim Iqbal says he and his teammates fled after shots were fired at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in the New Zealand city Follow latest updates on the Christchurch shootings‘Multiple fatalities’ in mosque shootingsWhat we know so farThe Bangladesh…

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Afghan football officials suspended over sexual and physical abuse allegations

• Country’s attorney general acts against six Afghan FA members• Allegations relate to abuse of the Afghanistan women’s teamThe Afghanistan attorney general, Farid Hamidi, has suspended six members of the Afghanistan Football Federation, including the …

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Facebook buys rights to show La Liga games in India

Company signs exclusive three-year agreement to screen all 380 Spanish top-flight football matches across south Asia Facebook has bought the rights to show Spanish top-flight football in the Indian subcontinent in the latest move by a US technology com…

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Imran Khan claims victory in Pakistan elections

Official count to follow with chance former cricketer’s party will have to form coalitionThe former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan has claimed victory in his country’s parliamentary elections, promising a new Pakistan following a vote that was marred b…

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Denis Ten in action: figure skater who won Olympic bronze – video

Kazakhstan’s first-ever Olympic skating medalist Denis Ten has died. The 25-year-old was killed during an attempted robbery in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Ten won a bronze at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and acquired podium finishes in both the 2013 & 2015 w…

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Denis Ten: Olympic figure skater who won bronze stabbed to death

Athlete won Kazakhstan’s first-ever Olympic skating medal25-year-old was killed during an attempted robberyDenis Ten, the first Kazakh figure-skater to win an Olympic medal, has been killed at the age of 25.Kazakh news agency Kazinform reported that Te…

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Indian chess champion quits competition in Iran over headscarf rule

Soumya Swaminathan has withdrawn from the Asian chess championship because of a rule requiring her to wear a headscarfAn Indian chess champion has withdrawn from an international competition in Iran, saying a rule requiring her to wear a headscarf woul…

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Leeds feel the heat in Myanmar, but are made to feel welcome

Championship club’s two-match tour has not been well received, but a few fans have made the 5,600-mile tripWe’re just here for the football,” the Leeds United manager said after the first game of their short but controversial close-season tour of Myanm…

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Leeds feel the heat in Myanmar, but are made to feel welcome

Championship club’s two-match tour has not been well received, but a few fans have made the 5,600-mile tripWe’re just here for the football,” the Leeds United manager said after the first game of their short but controversial close-season tour of Myanm…

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F1 tycoon Vijay Mallya’s superyacht impounded over wage dispute

Luxury $93m vessel seized in row over businessman’s failure to pay crew $1m in wagesA $93m (£67m) superyacht owned by Indian multimillionaire Vijay Mallya has been impounded in Malta in a dispute over the businessman’s failure to pay the crew more than…

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Sri Lankan bowler vomits in Delhi cricket match due to polluted air

Bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage are forced to take a break as harmful pollutants reach 12 times WHO safe limit A Sri Lankan player vomited on the field and was escorted off the ground as heavily polluted air continued to plague an internationa…

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Pollution stops play at Delhi Test match as bowlers struggle to breathe

Sri Lanka say conditions in smog-hit Indian capital left players vomiting, and some of them took to field wearing face masks A cricket Test match between India and Sri Lanka was repeatedly interrupted on Sunday with claims players were “continuously vo…

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Maria Sharapova under investigation for real estate conspiracy in India

Sharapova was used to endorse luxury housing project that never took offFive-time major champion is said to be reason most buyers put in moneyPlaintiff alleges builders disappeared after taking payments on apartmentsMaria Sharapova is being investigate…