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SBD Global/August 5, 2013/Events and AttractionsPrint All
The women's Tour of Britain, to be launched next year by SweetSpot, will be "a five-day event in the east of the country, probably with a date in May, and with daily coverage on terrestrial television," according to William Fotheringham of the London GUARDIAN. It will attempt, "most critically," to become the first women's cycling event to offer "absolute parity between men and women in terms of prize money and backup." Guy Elliott, who is directing the race, said, "The only cycling event in the world where women are not second best." Elliott described the disparity between the resources on offer for men and women at the highest level in cycling -- "be it prize money, team budgets or accommodation at their races -- as 'catastrophic'" and said that there is a "clear health and moral case for promoting women's sport as well as a sound business reason." Elliott is in search of "major sponsors to come in alongside councils who have expressed their interest and television companies." As with the men's Tour of Britain, the objective is to "have a number of key sponsors rather than be dependent on one." Elliott is adamant that a women's event "should stand alone rather than be bolted on to a men's race, partly to ensure it gains a greater profile but also so the social message is not diluted" (GUARDIAN, 8/4).
The 2013 Int'l Swimming Federation's (FINA) World Championships in Barcelona, which concluded Sunday, "have surpassed all predictions" that the Barcelona town council had made about the event's impact, according to the EFE. Barcelona Deputy Mayor Maite Fandos, who was also co-president of the event's organizing committee, said, "These World Championships have once again made Barcelona the worldwide capital of sports." Fandos said that the event sold "48% more tickets than expected," with the attendance of 267,000 easily exceeding the expected crowd of 200,000. Fandos: "We sold out for the opening ceremony, for two days of synchronized swimming, for two water polo matches and for four days of swimming events." Fandos added that the 32,000 in attendance for the synchronized swimming events "set an attendance record for a women's event in Spain." FINA President Julio César Maglione highlighted the "organizational and athletic success" of the event, calling Barcelona a "hospitable, touristic and beautiful" host. FINA, which spent €25M ($33.2M), has not yet completed its calculations of the money it made, but Maglione said, "I am sure, in any case, that the investment made by Barcelona and Spain has already been recovered, and then some. And what FINA spent also has been recovered thanks to the successes of these championships" (EFE, 8/4).
The German Touring Car Championship's (DTM) qualifying session at the Moscow Raceway on Saturday "was canceled ahead of time when Russian President Vladimir Putin flew over the circuit and led to the closure of the airspace." The result was that the track's medical helicopter "would have been unable to take off if there was a serious incident." The organizers "were told the delay would be two hours long, and so decided to scrap Q4, the final session of qualifying, and take the results from Q3" (HANDELSBLATT, 8/3). ... The National Rugby League and Australian Football League "are on a collision course for September, with the potential of five games in Sydney across three days leaving the codes to fight for priority at ANZ Stadium." As the "NRL ladder stands on Monday," the Sydney Roosters (first), South Sydney Rabbitohs (second), Cronulla Sharks (fifth) and Canterbury Bulldogs (sixth) would "all play home finals in Sydney in the opening weekend of the finals series," while the Sydney Swans (second) could play at the venue in the second week of the AFL finals (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/5). ... Jaypee Sports Int'l (JPSI) on Saturday announced the "commencement of ticket sales for the Formula One Indian Grand Prix" with the minimum price to watch the race set at Rs 1500 ($25). The third edition of the F1 race is set for Oct. 25-27 at the Buddh Int'l circuit. Organizers "have also divided the main Grand Stand in two tiers." The three-day ticket "in MGS lower-tier will cost" Rs 21,000 ($344), while "the Sunday-ticket at the same stand" has been priced at Rs 12,000 ($196) (PTI, 8/3). ... An official said on Thursday that Indonesia has "moved the venue for the Islamic Solidarity Games for a second time," this time to Palembang, which "co-hosted the ill-fated 2011 Southeast Asian Games" (AFP, 8/2).