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SBD Global/March 25, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

League Notes: Missing Malaysia Flight Relatives Moved Out Of Hotels For F1 Teams, Fans

More than 30 relatives of passengers on missing flight MH370 "have had to move hotels to make way for Formula One teams and fans arriving for the Malaysian Grand Prix." Hotel and airline officials said on Monday that thirty-two family members, including Chinese nationals, "have decamped from two hotels near Kuala Lumpur's international airport, which is also close to the Sepang racetrack" (London TELEGRAPH, 3/24). ... Referees Francisco Pastrana, James Leckie and Lorens Van der Merwe "have all paid the price for poor performances in Super Rugby" and were stood down by governing body SANZAR (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby) on Monday. SANZAR Game Manager Lyndon Bray said that "he would be conducting a purge of referees by the end of March in order to hold match officials more accountable for their performances" (REUTERS, 3/24). ... The IOC will oppose a reported bid by Russian businessman Dmitry Medvedev "to trademark the four-ring Olympic symbol displayed at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games." Medvedev, the owner of a company that builds luxury country homes, has told the Russian RBC news outlet that "he filed a patent application for the defective logo" (AP, 3/24).
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