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All-Russian Athletics Federation President Valentin Balakhnichev said on Tuesday that with the closure of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium and no "suitable alternative venue to host track and field events, there is little chance the Russian capital will be able to stage top-level athletics competitions in the near future," according to R-SPORT. Following the Sunday closing ceremony of the World Athletics Championships, host venue Luzhniki "was effectively shuttered" until '17 for an $800M refurbishment program to prepare for the 2018 World Cup. Balakhnichev said, "In the near future we’ll be able to carry virtually no major athletics championships in Moscow. Now there’s a great danger that the development of athletics in Moscow will be hindered." Balakhnichev added that discussions with Int'l Association of Athletics Federations President Lamine Diack about "adding Moscow to the Diamond League circuit went nowhere 'because we do not have the appropriate stadium'" (R-SPORT, 8/20).
Singapore-based sports complex SportsHub, in a partnership with New Era Tickets, Tuesday announced Sports Hub Tix as its new ticketing system. Powered by a ticketing and marketing technology software, Paciolan, New Era Tickets' system is designed to serve Singapore Sports Hub venues, including the National Stadium, Singapore Indoor Stadium, Aquatic Centre, Waterfront and Sports Halls. Sports Hub Tix will go live Oct. 1. Sports Hub Tix will allow users to see the view from the section before making a purchase; print their tickets at home or have them delivered to their smartphone. The system can also be set to allow tickets to be forwarded to others if they are unable to make the event or want to share their tickets. Customers can also purchase parking space, merchandise and concession items together with their tickets (SportsHub).