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The Int'l Tennis Federation told Israel on Thursday that "it could not host its Davis Cup World Group playoff against Argentina in Tel Aviv next month because of safety concerns caused by the conflict in the Gaza Strip," according to Ori Lewis of REUTERS. The ruling body that organizes the men's team competition said that "while the military conflict seemed to be slowing down, there was no certainty that this would be the case at the time of the tie that is due to take place in five weeks." The Davis Cup committee said that it "felt that its first priority was to ensure the safety of the players, officials and the public, and regretfully decided that the tie would not be held in Israel as originally scheduled." Israel "has been given until next Thursday to nominate an alternative venue to host the Sept. 12-14 tie." An Israeli Tennis Association spokesperson said that venues in eastern Europe, the U.S. or Canada "are seen as possible options." On Monday, the inaugural $1M ATP Israel Open that had been scheduled to be held in Tel Aviv "was canceled by the governing body of men's tennis because of the Gaza conflict" (REUTERS, 8/7).
The Spanish basketball team began its preparations for the FIBA World Cup by beating Canada 82-70, according to Juan José Mateo of EL PAIS. It was the first of the team's eight exhibition games ahead of the Aug. 30 start of the FIBA World Cup. The team will play in seven cities -- six in Spain and one in Istanbul -- including a "'sprint' of six games in 11 days" from Sunday-Aug. 21. Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) President José Luis Sáez said, "We know we are not football, but we want to create an attractive sport. The basic plan is to value our assets, and one of them is the men's national team, which serves as a catalyst for future generations. For friendlies, we're looking for €200,000-€250,000 ($267,000-$334,000)." He added, "But our objective is not to earn this money but to invest in the future by reinvesting it and helping basketball become present in all aspects, in families when they decide what sports their kids will play, in schools and in entertainment" (EL PAIS, 8/6).
Russia "is testing visa entry procedures in advance of the 2018 World Cup at the world rowing championships" that started Wednesday. The country has promised that "visa entry into the country will be made a much simpler and faster process for the 2018 World Cup" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 8/7). ... The new National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub "will host an international football friendly between Brazil and Japan" on Oct. 14. The match against the defending Asian champions "will likely be new Brazil head coach Dunga's first game in charge" (STRAITS TIMES, 8/7).