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Tokyo Organizers Accepting Mascot Ideas

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Tuesday "began accepting applications from the public" on ideas for the Games' official mascots, according to Ayano Shimizu of KYODO. Japanese nationals and foreign residents can "submit designs and profiles of mascots electronically" unt ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

ICC Needs BCCI Cooperation

Cricket was last played in the Olympics in the 1900 Paris Games and now the Int'l Cricket Council is "pushing for a return of the T20 variant of the sport" in the '24 event, according to Dwaipayan Datta of TNN. But for that to happen, the ICC needs the Board of Control for Cricket in India, "a firm ...

Tags: Olympics, India

Curry, Irving Lead Way For Shoe Brands

The timing of recent visits to the Far East by NBA Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving may have been coincidental, but the trips "shared a common goal" in promoting "basketball and their respective sports brands," according to Jeff Barker of the BALTI ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia, North America

Indian Broadcasters Losing Patience

Indian broadcasters "have expressed their frustration at an Australian pay war that threatens a limited-overs tour of the subcontinent," according to Pierik & Barrett of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The two parties negotiated on Friday "in a bid to avoid arbitration" and discussions continued over ...

Tags: Australia, Media, India

UFC To Hold First Fight In China

UFC will "hold its first fight in mainland China, as it seeks a larger slice of the country's vast sports market," according to Tom Hancock of the FINANCIAL TIMES. UFC SVP Joe Carr said, "We anticipate an exciting future in the China market." The event in Shanghai in November will be jointly or ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

Lander Holdings Still Without Funds

The Chinese company negotiating a £200M ($160M) stake in Premier League side Southampton is "still yet to have the funds" for its investment transferred out of China and risks "losing the chance" to buy a controlling stake in the club, accord ...

Tags: Finance, China, United Kingdom

Pro Kabaddi League Racking Up Sponsors

In '14, Season 1 of the Pro Kabaddi League had no sponsors, according to Nikita Rana of FIRST POST. Season 5, which began on Friday, has nine. Title sponsor Vivo reportedly signed a Rs 300 crore ($45M) deal for five years with the league. Associate sponsors -- Gillette, TVS Motors, Association of Mu ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, India

F1 CEO Sees China As Long-Term Play

Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey said that F1 views China as a "long-term play" and a second grand prix in the nation of 1.3 billion people "remains years away," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Carey said, "China is a little bit like the U.S. -- two enormous markets. It will clearly take time.&n ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, China

China's Sport Sector Projected To Double

China’s sports industry could be "about to come of age," as "growing public enthusiasm" for participatory athletic events coupled with the government’s efforts to promote sport awareness are seen as "powerful catalysts for a sector still at an early stage of development by global standar ...

Tags: Finance, China

Samsung To Sponsor Star Sports' EPL Broadcasts

Samsung India was announced as the presenting sponsor for Star Sports' broadcast of the Premier League, according to TELEVISION POST. Star Sports will "bring live matches to football fans in India on Star Sports Select and Star Sports Select HD." The '17-18 EPL season will "witness first-o ...

Tags: Media, India

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