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Tonga Will Not Host 2019 Pacific Games

Tonga reportedly withdrew from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games over "funding concerns," according to Amlan Chakraborty of REUTERS. The cost of organizing large-scale multi-sports events "deterred bids from many prospective hosts in recent years" and a spokesperson for the Tongan cabinet said that Pre ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Asia

IOC Monitoring Korean Peninsula

The IOC is "closely monitoring tensions" on the Korean Peninsula but it has "no contingency plans to move next year's Winter Games" from PyeongChang, according to Steve Keating of REUTERS. IOC Olympic Games Exec Dir Christophe Dubi said, "In a context like this one it is to follow the situation, it' ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

Vaughan: England Slow To Adopt T20

The English cricketing authorities were not “brave enough” to produce a Twenty20 tournament to rival the Indian Premier League, according to former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan. Vaughan was speaking on a panel called “Reinventing a Traditional Sport” on Wednesday a ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Australia, United Kingdom, India

Wyness: Brexit To Prompt Influx Of Chinese

The U.K.’s exit from the European Union will prompt a rush of Chinese players coming to play in England’s top football divisions, Chinese-owned Aston Villa CEO Keith Wyness said. He said that Brexit would likely prompt a quick trade deal between the U.K. and China which will lead ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom, Asia

Chinese Telecom Vivo Backs Pro Kabaddi

Pro Kabaddi League broadcaster Star Sports signed a record five-year deal worth a "whopping" Rs 300 crore ($45M) with Chinese telecom Vivo, according to the HINDUSTAN TIMES. Vivo had "already entered the Indian sports market" through the Indian Premier League, of which it is the title sponsor. The f ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, India

Indian Team To Play In Champions Trophy

The Indian cricket team will participate in next month's Champions Trophy after the Board of Control for Cricket in India "gave its all clear to the move in a Special General Meeting on Sunday, a massive climbdown from its initial aggressive stance," according to the PTI. The board announced that th ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

Advertisers Unsettled Over India's Uncertainty

A Star Sports exec said that the company has "raised concerns with cricket's governing body that advertisers might steer clear of the Champions Trophy if India opted against competing at the tournament in England," according to Sudipto Ganguly of REUTERS. At last week's Int'l Cricket Council meeting ...

Tags: Media, India

China's Hopes To Host 2030 WC Still Alive

China's "hopes of hosting the 2030 World Cup have been given a boost from FIFA," according to Graham Dunbar of the AP. Football's governing body proposed "giving its ruling council the power to decide that a continent could skip just one World Cup before hosting again." FIFA imposed a two-tournament ...

Tags: International Football, China

Aizawl Players Threaten To Fast

I-League winner Aizawl players have threatened to "fast unto death" after "finding themselves in the bizarre position of staring at relegation next season despite winning India's top division title on Sunday," according to Amlan Chakraborty of REUTERS. Based in India's northeast state of Mizoram, Ai ...

Tags: Franchises, India

English Players Hope To Rework IPL Deal

English players with "Indian Premier League ambitions" are "seeking a re-working of the agreement that sees them reimburse their counties for absence," according to Richard Gibson of the London DAILY MAIL. The bid to get the "long-standing wage deduction rates altered" coincides with concerns that t ...

Tags: Finance, India

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