A maintenance worker mops steps at the Beijing Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, in Beijing, Thursday. Final preparations are being World Athletics Championships
A worker conducts surveying at the construction site of Japan’s new National Stadium in Tokyo. Japan’s new National Stadium has been ditched as the main venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup because its proposed design will be scrapped to cut costs and it won’t be ready in time, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday
A stadium after it was destroyed by an air strike in Ibb, the central city in Yemen
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Lightning strikes delay the start of play before the round 21 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City FC at Pirtek Stadium on Wednesday in Sydney, Australia
Iran fans cheer before the start of their Asian Cup Group C soccer match against UAE at the Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane on Monday
Fans stand outside a ticketing office ahead of the opening African Cup of Nations Group A soccer match in Bata, Equatorial Guinea on Friday
Part of the crowd holding Kenyan flags cheer as Kenyan President arrives at the Nyayo National Stadium Nairobi, Kenya on Friday, during the 51st Madaraka Day or Independence from British Rule celebrations
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Members of Kenya’s provincial administration salute during Mashujaa Day (Hero’s Day) celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on Monday. The national holiday commemorates those who had taken part in the country’s struggle for liberation.
A mechanical installation named “Long Ma”, operated by French performance art company La Machine, performs in front of the National Stadium in Beijing.
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Celebrations of Maulidur Rasul, the birth of Prophet Mohammed, take place at Shah Alam stadium outside Kuala Lumpur.
Children play around a man dressed as Batman in the Favela do Metro shantytown, near the Maracanã stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Families living in this area refuse to have their homes demolished as part of a project to renovate the district before the Fifa World Cup begins in June.
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Construction work at the Arena da Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil, venue of the 2014 World Cup, has been suspended after a worker died in an accident over the weekend
A worker cleans the seats of the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, southern France. The Riviera, with 35,000 seats, is the first of three new stadiums that will be built for the Uefa Euro 2016 football tournament
A smiling Kim Jong-eun, the North Korean leader, (front, second right) watches the final of the Torch Cup football match between the April 25 Team of the Korean People’s Army and Sonbong Team of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards at the Kim Il Sung stadium in Pyongyang on Thursday