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The much-criticised decision by the International Sailing Federation to cut the multihull class out of the Olympic Games in 2012 has been reversed for 2016 at the annual general meeting in Athens .

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Oman Air Majan skipper Sidney Gavignet was rescued after reporting he had major damage on the third day of the singlehanded Route du Rhum Race from St.Malo to Guadeloupe , to the front beam and had been dismasted. His 105-foot trimaran was sailing upwind in 20 knots.

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Two new challenges for the next America’s Cup in 2013 have been received on the first day of an entry window which extends until 31 March next year.

Maid 'died of stress' after five nights stuck in Oman airport

Authorities in Delhi are to investigate the death of an Indian domestic servant who died in transit from the Middle East after she lost her passport and was forced to spend five nights sleeping in an airport.

Sam Wallace: Why on Earth does Cahill have to play in January's Asian Cup? Because this isn't Earth, it's Planet Fifa

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Investors are being quietly approached by the State of Oman about purchasing a stake in the large Bishops Square complex near London's Spitalfields market.

Militants caused blast on Japanese tanker, says UAE

Militants have attacked a Japanese supertanker with explosives near the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most important shipping routes, the United Arab Emirates said yesterday.

Hayward's yacht wins at Cowes Week.

At last a winning moment for the beleaguered and soon to be ex-chief executive of BP, Tony Hayward as the yacht in which he has a half share, Bob, won the Queen’s Trophy on the opening day of Cowes Week.

Ayton and Clark win women's 470 class

The partnership of double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton and crew Saskia Clark won the women's 470 class in Kiel Week, an encouraging move forward for the new pairing with its sights on the next Olympic Games.

Somali pirates free UK-flagged ship after ransom

Somali pirates have released a British-flagged ship they seized on 1 January, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said on yesterday, and the European Union Naval Force said the release came after a ransom was paid.

Air passenger found with circuits in shoes

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Cycling: Arrest warrant issued for Landis over data hacking

A French judge has issued an international arrest warrant for the US cyclist Floyd Landis in connection with a case of data hacking at a doping laboratory.

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