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V8 Supercars Australia "will discuss capping the number of manufacturers in the championship following Volvo's decision to join the competition next year," according to the AAP. The Swedish manufacturer announced on Monday "it will form a team called Volvo Polestar Racing" with existing outfit Garry Rogers Motorsport in a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal. The team will race two of the manufacturer's S60 model sedans, "raising the number of makes on the V8s grid to five from next year with Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Holden and Ford already racing in the category." V8 Supercars Chair Mark Skaife said, "Five manufacturers by 2014 will have met the short-term objectives of Car of the Future. For them (Volvo) to come back into our game is a real endorsement of what we're doing." Skaife "will hold discussions" with incoming CEO James Warburton about "whether to keep pursuing manufacturers or whether to set a cap on the number of makes competing in the championship." GRM Owner Garry Rogers was the "big winner out of Monday's decision." Rogers has been operating a V8 team since '96 "with limited backing from Holden." Rogers said about securing Volvo's support, "From a team perspective, it's vital" (AAP, 6/17).
DOWN THE ROAD: In Brisbane, Andrew Maclean reported V8 Supercars "may be forced to ditch its V8 roots by the end of the decade as car makers continue to move away from large-capacity engines." Skaife said that the sport "is currently evaluating its long-term future to remain as relevant to the car-buying public as possible and build on its ability to attract new manufacturers to the sport." He "did not discount the probability" the sport would eventually have to undergo one of the most significant shake-ups since it ditched the global Group A rules in '93 to form V8 Supercars. Skaife said, "We cannot lose the customer appeal that our sport has generated and at no point can we move away from the spectacle we have" (BRISBANE TIMES, 6/17).
Usain Bolt's coach Glen Mills said that the Jamaican government "needs to establish an accredited anti-doping laboratory to protect its world-class athletes from taking contaminated substances," according to Kayon Raynor of REUTERS. Mills, who mentors Bolt and world 100m champion Yohan Blake, said that Jamaican athletes "faced a minefield of substances and had little way of checking their validity." He said, "It's definitely a time for (the) nation to step forward and provide with a service that athletes can use to ensure the purity of substances that they have to use for treatment or whatever" (REUTERS, 6/17).
SHOCK REACTION: The JAMAICA OBSERVER reported the Jamaican Diaspora "reacted with shock to the positive drug test of Olympic champion Veronica Campbell Brown, but gave her support with the hope her name would be cleared." Former U.S. North East Diaspora Board member Patrick Beckford said, "I think that we are sensationalizing the whole issue. We should wait until all the facts come out. I don't think that she or the management are stupid; and from what I have read that masking agent can be used for a lot of things" (JAMAICA OBSERVER, 6/17).
With spot-fixing under the scanner in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is showing video clips of the scandal involving young Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Aamer to educate its U19 and U25 players "against falling prey to corrupt practices," according to Mirza & Phatarpekar of the HINDUSTAN TIMES. The BCCI is educating the U25 team "at their off-season National Cricket Academy camp" in Mysore, India. The program, designed by the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, "includes video clips from the infamous Lord's Test" of '10. According to a top BCCI official, "with the players being groomed for senior cricket, the board wants to educate them at the junior level itself." Aamer was just 18 years old "when he was caught in the fixing scandal" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 6/17). The HINDUSTAN TIMES also reported the BCCI's two-member inquiry panel and the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit Officer Ravi Sawani "will hold a meeting this week to iron out issues before the probe starts in the betting and spot-fixing case." A top board official said, "The Board has faced criticism over the appointment of the panel. And the issue looks complicated and the probe cannot go forward without the cooperation of the police and the courts" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 6/17).
STILL IN POLICE CUSTODY: The PTI reported suspended cricketer Ajit Chandila, arrested in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case, was on Monday "remanded in fresh police custody for three days by a Delhi court after the agency said he was required to corroborate evidence collected from other accused" after invoking Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain said, "The matter is being investigated under the provision of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. The prosecution is to be given full chance to unearth the entire crime. The accused is remanded in 3-days of police custody" (PTI, 6/17).
Abu Dhabi, UAE "will unleash a mammoth promotional charm offensive at this month’s British Grand Prix, running June 27-30 at Silverstone Circuit, to drive ticket sales" for November’s F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (MIDDLE EAST ONLINE, 6/16). ... There are growing calls in the Korea Baseball Organization "to expand instant video review by umpires after one wrong decision" in Saturday's critical rival match between the Nexen Heroes and the LG Twins (KOREA TIMES, 6/17).