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Indy racing revolution
We look at football in Brazil, the Afghan Olympic team and motorsport in the US.
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2008 10:30 GMT

Motorsport is seeing a new era in the US

We start with motorsport, which is seeing a new era in the US. This year the two different auto-racing organisations merged.

It has caused some scheduling chaos, as well as plenty of adjustments for some of the newer drivers.

But, as Al Jazeera's Brendan Connor reports, it has also provided a bigger stage for a couple of drivers whose fame is growing - on and off the track.

Poverty project 

Brazil is the most successful footballing nation in the world, and so it is no surprise that a new initiative is aiming to use the sport to reach out to street children.

The project's main aim is to take children out of poverty and keep them off the streets. But with Fifa's backing they could unearth the next Pele.

Joanna Gasiorowska reports.

Afghan Olympic athletes 

  Afghanistan is hoping to send athletes to
the Olympics this summer
With the Olympics less than two months away, the focus of the world is switching to those competitors looking to qualify for the world's greatest sporting spectacle.

Afghanistan is hoping to send a team of five athletes to Beijing this summer, as they did in Athens four years ago.

They may not have won any medals in 2004, but the Afghan athletes won many fans simply for overcoming the odds to compete.

Sportsworld's Andy Richardson reports.

The oldest Olympian

Here is a story for those of you who think it is too late to realise your Olympic ambitions. This summer in Beijing a 67-year-old will represent Japan at the games.

But he is not the oldest competitor in Olympic history. Louise Potter explains.

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This episode of Sportsworld aired on Monday, June 02, 2008

Source:
Al Jazeera
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