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Work Underway For $100M Motorsports Racetrack, Leisure Park In Nigeria

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 18 / 17

West Africa's first motorsports racetrack and leisure park "is set to be open" in a $100M project, according to THE VOICE. The Ogun State Motorsport is a project proposed by event planner EMC3 Chair Baba Epega, who is based in London, and "nurtured and supported" by Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun S...

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Durban Will Not Host 2022 CWG

The 2022 Commonwealth Games "will no longer be held in Durban, South Africa," according to the BBC. Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg said that the city "did not meet the criteria" set by his organization, "and the search for a new host city had already begun." Durban was awarded th ...

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IOC Freezes Financial Support For Kenya

The IOC "froze financial support to Kenya on Thursday after the country's troubled Olympic Committee refused to make changes to its constitution -- a decision that could lead to a ban," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The IOC said that it would discuss the matter at its exec board meeting ...

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Durban Met CGF Requirements, Bid Chief Says

Durban, South Africa, has "done enough to satisfy the Commonwealth Games Federation" and "retain hosting rights of the 2022 Games," South African Sports Confederation & Olympic Committee CEO Tubby Reddy said, according to Nick Said of REUTERS. Durban was awarded the right to stage the Games in ' ...

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Liverpool Willing To Host CWG

Liverpool is "ready to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban warned it could be forced to surrender the event," according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson wrote to the Government last month "to inform it of the city's intention to step in" if the games wer ...

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Infantino Calls Africa 'Big Priority'

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said during a visit to Uganda that he had made Africa "a big priority" since coming into office, according to Andrew Jackson Oryada of the BBC. He said, "I decided to make Africa a big priority since I came to office last year. I started this by appointing an African ...

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Africa Wants 10 World Cup Places

Africa will be "looking to double the number of places it has at an expanded World Cup" from '26, according to the BBC. The continent's FA presidents have told FIFA "they want at least 10 spots in the 48-team World Cup." South African FA President Danny Jordaan said, "All associations back the idea ...

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NBA Announces Second Game In Africa

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced that NBA Africa Game 2017, the league's second game in Africa, will take place Aug. 5 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game, which will take place following the 15th edition of Basketball Without Borders Africa ...

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Infantino Calls Summit Of African FAs

FIFA President Gianni Infantino will meet more than 50 presidents of African FAs in an "unprecedented summit in Johannesburg this week," according to Mark Gleeson of REUTERS. Each of the continent’s 54 member countries has been invited to a day-long exec summit with Infantino, "called to discu ...

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Joost Van Der Westhuizen Dies, Aged 45

South African Rugby World Cup winner JOOST VAN DER WESTHUIZEN died, aged 45, according to Will Macpherson of the London GUARDIAN. The former scrum-half "had been living with motor neurone disease" since '11 and "was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday morning." The J9 Foundation, the c ...

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Hisense Signs Deal With Lions Rugby

TV and mobile handset maker Hisense South Africa signed a deal "to become the official electronics partner" of South African Super Rugby side Lions, according to BUSINESS TECH. The sponsorship "stretches across" the 2017 Super Rugby and Currie Cup competitions, with the Hisense logo appearing o ...

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