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SBD Global/February 26, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

League Notes: CONCACAF Backs FIFA Proposal To Restrict Presidential Terms

CONCACAF is backing FIFA’s proposal "to restrict future presidents to eight years in office, and 12 years for executive committee members." The governing body said that "it fully endorses a 10-point plan suggested by a FIFA working group on anti-corruption reforms," which meets Tuesday in Zurich (AP, 2/25). ... Top tennis officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meet on Monday in Bangkok "under the aegis of Asian Tennis Federation" to coordinate a joint effort in persuading the Myanmar Olympic Committee to reconsider its decision to drop tennis from the 2013 Southeast Asian Games this December. Tennis, "which has been a medal sport since the inception of the SEA Games in 1958," was omitted by the organizers, citing lack of facilities as one of the prime reasons (THE PHNOM PENH POST, 2/25). ... Denmark’s Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen "has no intention of moving the Badminton World Federation" headquarters back to Europe if he becomes the governing body's new president. The 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Gold Medallist "is happy with the headquarters’ being in the heart of Asia" -- in Kuala Lumpur (THE STAR, 2/25). ...  Rugby Canada received funding from Own the Podium in an effort to increase in medals at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Rugby Sevens is the newest Summer Olympic Sport, and Canada will have the opportunity to medal in both men’s and women’s competition (Ultimate Rugby Sevens).

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