Kuerten's farewell
Plus, Pistorius gets Olympic okay, we meet Mike Tyson, and snowboarding in China.
Last Modified: 30 May 2008 07:46 GMT

Gustavo Kuerten bids farewell to tennis
The tennis world is turning its attention to the second Grand Slam event of the year. The French Open begins in Paris on Sunday.

This year's tournament will feature some nostalgia and a fond farewell to a player the fans have loved for years - a three-time champion at Roland Garros.

Al Jazeera's Brendan Connor recently caught up with Gustavo Kuerten.

Olympic okay

Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympian dubbed the "bladerunner" because of his carbon fibre running aids, has been given the go ahead to try to qualify for this summer's Beijing Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision overturns a ban imposed on the South African by the governing body of world athletics, the IAAF.

As Joanna Gasiorowska reports, it is a decision that could set a remarkable precedent.

World Rally in Jordan

Jordan was the first country in the Middle East
to host a World Rally Championship round
Motorsport is currently enjoying a boom in the Middle East.

The region already hosts a Formula One grand prix in Bahrain. Abu Dhabi will hold its first F1 race next season. Meanwhile, Qatar recently became the first country to hold a MotoGP race under lights.

Rallying has also had a rich history in the region - the sport has been popular in Jordan since the late 1950's but this year the kingdom became the first country in the Middle East to host a round of the World Rally Championship.

Rahul Pathak reports.

Snowboarding in China

As the world focuses on the upcoming summer Olympics in Beijing, those in the Chinese winter sports fraternity are reflecting on another highly successful season.

Snowboarding, in particular, is booming in China, as millions flock to small pistes dotted around the major cities.

Wayne Hay checked out the scene.

Tyson's film

Mike Tyson discusses the new documentary
that tells the story of his life
And finally, he is one of the most controversial men in sport.

Once the world's youngest heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson's career ended in scandal both inside and outside the ring.

Now, Tyson is telling his own story in a documentary, which, he says, pulls no punches.

Al Jazeera's Amanda Palmer reports from the premiere at the Cannes film festival.

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