This could well be the year when Oman football breaks new ground as three young and talented players from the sultanate are undergoing trials with top Spanish clubs and there is a hope that one of them will land a worthy deal.
Stanislas Wawrinka had to pass a stern test lasting two hours before emerging with a 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (10/8) victory over Mikhail Youzhny for a third-round berth at the Toronto Masters.
President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the absence of top Russian competitors will "markedly lower" next month's Rio Games, as he met competitors set for Brazil and those barred over state-run doping.
The halfway point of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) will bring new challenges for Oman Air as it heads to Hamburg, Germany to try to consolidate its position at the top of the table on a compact city centre race course, which has become one of the trickiest on the circuit.
The International Tent Pegging Federation (ITPF) has honoured Oman with the Medal of Honour 2016 for the country's strong support to promote the game not only in the sultanate, but across the Gulf region.
Six members of Oman's national cricket team, all of them comprising the batting line-up, will head out to London, UK for a high-performance training stint that will take place from July 31-August 8.
Roger Federer said on Tuesday he will miss the remainder of the season, including next month's Olympic Games in Rio, as the 17-time Grand Slam champion recovers from a knee injury.
French Open champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain pulled out of her opening match at the WTA hardcourt tournament in Montreal on Tuesday minutes before she was to take on Britain's Naomi Broady.