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SBD Global/October 21, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

League Notes: Tennis, Volleyball Leading Rise In Popularity Of Women's Sports In Spain

The popularity of women's sports "continues to grow" in terms of "attendance and competition." Women's tennis "was one of the first to take advantage of exploiting image to increase its popularity, and it is now equivalent to men's tennis." Both circuits "generate the same benefits and it is one of the few sports where a woman earns the same as a man." Another sport "taking advantage of its image is women's volleyball, the beach version of above all." Betting houses "are not unaffected by this and have offered masculine and feminine audiences betting opportunities." Women's tennis "remains the most offered, but little by little, other women's sports are being incorporated into both the male and female betting audiences" (LIBERTAD DIGITAL, 10/18). ... The Rajasthan High Court has stayed the communication sent by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to the Rajasthan Cricket Association restraining former Indian Premier League Chair Lalit Modi "from participating in activities of affiliated and constituent units of the Indian board." The petition also said that Modi, being an NDCA member, "was entitled to contest the RCA elections in November" (ESPN, 10/18). ... A majority of a five-man commission "has refused to approve Worawi Makudi's win in Thursday's election for president of the FA of Thailand." Worawi beat Virach Champanich 42-24, "but the former national team manager would not concede defeat, saying there were irregularities." Election commission member Chanin Kaenhirun said that "three of the five members of the panel would not endorse the result citing the election was not clean" (BANGKOK POST, 10/19).
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