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  • Indian Badminton League Seeks To Add Four Franchises After First Season

    Hyderabad Hotshots player Saina Nehwal kisses the Badminton League Champion 2013 trophy Friday in Mumbai, India.

    The inaugural Indian Badminton League has been a grand success with the organizers, players, commercial partners and the audience "left thirsting for more in the next season," according to Vinay Nayudu of the TIMES OF INDIA. Four more new franchises and more global shuttling stars "are likely additions to the excitement in IBL 2." Badminton Association of India President Akhilesh Das Gupta revealed that an offer of Rs 20 crore ($3M) "to buy a new franchise for the next year has been made from Kolkata." Das Gupta said, "We shall have four more teams and to see the valuation go up is a great sign." Initially, the IBL was valued at around Rs 50 crores ($7.5M) "but the commercial partners are claiming the value to be double the amount." IBL promoters Sporty Solutionz CEO Ashish Chadha said, "We are more than delighted. The ticket sales itself have fetched us Rs 2.5 crores ($378,800)." Shuttler Saina Nehwal, "who had an unbeaten run that helped Hyderabad Hotshots lift the inaugural IBL title," said that she expects the $1M event to become as big as cricket's Indian Premier League in the coming years (TIMES OF INDIA, 9/2). The AFP reported a BAI official said that next year "efforts will be made to get the powerful Chinese on board." The official said, "The Chinese backed out this year because of prior commitments, but I am sure they will reconsider when they hear good things about the inaugural edition" (AFP, 9/1).

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  • Board Of Control For Cricket In India Likely To Impose Lifetime Ban On Lalit Modi

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India "in all likelihood will impose a life ban" on former Indian Premier League Commissioner and VP Lalit Modi at a special general meeting to be convened in Chennai on Sept. 25, according to the PTI. A senior BCCI official on Monday "informed that the contents of the exhaustive report filed by disciplinary committee comprising of Jyotiraditya Scindia and Arun Jaitley was discussed at the Working Committee meeting in Kolkata on Sunday." To impose a life ban on Modi, the BCCI will need a two-third majority at the special general meeting, "which means a minimum of 21 members will have to vote in favour of the ban." Modi was the IPL chairman-cum-commissioner during the first three editions but was suspended immediately after the closing ceremony in '10 "on charges of financial irregularities in running of the league as well as improper practices during auction of two new teams before the third edition" (PTI, 9/2).

    BACK IN ACTION: The PTI also reported N. Srinivasan was given the go ahead to perform the BCCI's "constitutional and statutory functions" by the Working Committee, which also invited him to attend the Board's annual general meeting on Sept. 29 in Chennai. Srinivasan, who was forced to step aside in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing scandal in which his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was implicated, "attended the working committee meeting in Kolkata on Sunday" (PTI, 9/1).

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  • Cricket South Africa Set To Lose Millions In Revenue For Appointing New CEO

    Any country that does not adhere to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s commands "should be prepared to lose millions of dollars in revenue," according to K.R. Nayar of GULF NEWS. This is the scenario facing the Cricket South Africa board for appointing Haroon Lorgat as its CEO "against the wishes of the BCCI." Many "call the members of the body the ‘bullies’ of world cricket as they make sure that all board officials are people who will not voice their opinion strongly against them." Lorgat, who became the Int'l Cricket Council CEO in '08, "committed the ‘mistake’ of pushing for the Decision Review System against the wishes of the BCCI." He also got the Lord Woolf Commission "to do an independent review of the affairs of the ICC, which was also not to the liking of the BCCI." When CSA appointed Lorgat as its CEO, Patrick Compton, a South African journalist and the son of England batsman Dennis Compton, tweeted, "Well done, CSA, for appointing Lorgat and defying the bullying BCCI" (GULF NEWS, 9/2).

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  • NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato Denies Altered Ball Related To Increase In HRs

    Nippon Professional Baseball Commissioner Ryozo Kato said that "the baseball secretly altered by the Japanese league this season has nothing to do with the record-chasing 52 home runs hit by Tokyo Yakult Swallows outfielder Wladimir Balentien," according to KYODO. This season, Japanese baseball "has seen a marked increase in the number of home runs hit using the livelier ball." Balentien on Friday hit his 52nd home run of the season, "moving to within three of NPB’s record of 55." There are "still 28 games remaining for him to break the record." A third-party panel investigating why NPB altered its baseballs in secret "is set to produce a report on the scandal at the end of September" (KYODO, 9/2).

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  • League Notes: Indonesia National Sports Committee Recognizes Rugby Union As Sport

    Rugby players and supporters in Jakarta "were in a celebratory mood as the Indonesia National Sports Committee officially recognized rugby union as a national sport during a ceremony in Jakarta on Wednesday last week" (JAKARTA GLOBE, 9/2). ... The Indian Boxing Federation on Monday "formed a three-member disciplinary committee to look into the allegations of manipulation in the World Championship trials, levelled by three boxers who were not picked for the event" (PTI, 9/2). ... Pakistan "did not play in the inaugural Hockey India League and it is extremely unlikely that they will also feature in the next year's event" as Pakistan Hockey Federation is reluctant to send its field hockey players to India "because of the current tension prevailing between the two nations" (PTI, 9/2).

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