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  • Cricket Cut From 2018 Asian Games To Save Money For Indonesian Organizers

    Cricket "has been cut from the list of sports" at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, according to WISDEN INDIA. With organizers "keen on saving costs," the number of events for the Games in Jakarta and Palembang is reportedly being reduced from 439 to 431. With "no consensus among cricket bodies around the world on including the sport in the Olympics," the move by the Olympic Council of Asia will come as another "blow to efforts to feature cricket in multi-sport events" (WISDEN INDIA, 4/20). INDIAN EXPRESS reported skateboarding, sambo and surfing are among the other sports which have been removed from the program to "reduce the burden" on Indonesian organizers. Meanwhile, there will also be "reduced competitions" in the sports of jiu jitsu, jet ski, sport climbing, paragliding, bridge and wushu. No changes, however, have "yet been made to any of the other 28 permanent Summer Olympic sports due to be contested" (INDIAN EXPRESS, 4/20).

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  • Rome Poised To Join Formula E Calendar For Season Four As City Approves Permits

    Rome is "poised to join the Formula E calendar for season four after the Italian capital's local authority cleared a major hurdle," according to Scott Mitchell of MOTORSPORT. It was agreed unanimously on Thursday to approve the permits to host a race in Rome's residential and business district, EUR, located south of the city center. This included the consideration of a track Formula E "already conducted a feasibility study for." Formula E stakeholders need to discuss the addition of the race to the schedule before it is made official, and the track "would need FIA homologation," but the hope is a Rome ePrix will be on the '17-18 calendar. The approval from the city is valid for five years (MOTORSPORT, 4/20).

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  • Event Notes: AFL Side Essendon Criticized For Anzac Day Price Hike

    Australian Football League fans criticized Essendon and the AFL after ticket prices for next week’s Anzac Day game were increased by up to 80%. The Bombers "have used the AFL’s contentious dynamic pricing," which permits home clubs to set their own prices to list some level four seats at A$72 ($54.20), up from A$40 in '16. It comes amid "renewed calls" for the Anzac Day clash to be made a “declared event’’ to punish scalpers as online resale sites list tickets to Tuesday’s match for up to A$458 ($345) (HERALD SUN, 4/20).

    Man City
    is "so far yet to sell" its ticket allocation for the FA Cup semifinal against Arsenal at Wembley, the club confirmed. Man City took up its full allocation of 33,000 seats for Sunday's match, "but due to a number of factors" the club is "yet to sell them all." Supporters "have been put off by the Sunday afternoon kick-off time as it would involve getting back to Manchester late on Sunday night" (SKY SPORTS, 4/20).

    Australian Football League side Port Adelaide's historic game in China -- the first regular season AFL match outside Australia and New Zealand -- has sold out. The remaining tickets went on sale on Thursday afternoon at 2pm, and were sold within the first hour. Over 5,000 Port Adelaide supporters are expected to make the trip to Shanghai (Port Adelaide).

    Panasonic is organizing the ongoing Panasonic Open Golf Championship 2017 from Thursday-Sunday at the Chiba Country Club's Umesato Course in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, as well as the LPGA Step Up Tour, Panasonic Open Ladies 2017 at the Noda Course, which started Wednesday. Panasonic will organize various events for golf lovers, as well as spectators new to golf or who have come as a family (Panasonic).

    Ironman announced that it awarded the rights to the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon to Nice, France. The event will take place from Sept. 7-8, 2019, and will be the first Ironman event in France. The organization also announced that a new Ironman 70.3 event will be held in Nice on Sept. 16, 2018. This qualifying event will continue in '20 as part of the Ironman 70.3 European Tour (Ironman). 

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