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12/31/14
National Stadium Demolition Having Trouble

A series of problems "is delaying the demolition of National Stadium in central Tokyo to make way for a new main venue for the 2020 Olympic Games," according to JIJI. With the National Police Agency "stepping in due to suspicions of bid-rigging in a tender for the demolition work, there are concerns ...

Tags: Facilities, Japan

12/31/14
Malaysian Salaries Driving Foreign Coaches Away

Malaysia is "no longer an attractive place for foreign coaches to ply their trade," according to Lim Teik Huat of THE STAR. Malaysia national diving head coach Yang Zhuliang has "lost five of his back-up coaches" -- all from China -- over the last two months. Zhuliang said the five coaches “le ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

12/31/14
HK Olympic Sailors To Benefit From Funding

Sailing's formal elevation to the elite program at the Sports Institute -- a “major boost for sailors preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro” -- will come a “step closer on Wednesday when the two-year review cycle ends,” according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH C ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

12/31/14
Indian Captain Retires From Test Cricket

Indian cricket captain MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI "stunningly announced his retirement from Test cricket" Tuesday night after "defying Australia to see his side home to a draw at the MCG," according to Wayne Smith of THE AUSTRALIAN. VIRAT KOHLI , "the man the Australian team loves to hate, will captain ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, India

12/30/14
UFC To Continue Growing Global Brand

UFC is "continuing to boost its global presence for 2015 after staging a record 22 live fight events" outside the U.S. in '14, according to Alan Snel of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. UFC in '15 "will stage 23 live fight shows outside the United States." UFC in '13 "staged 10 foreign live fight event ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia, South America, Russia

12/30/14
ADT To Introduce New Thai Tournament

The Asian Development Tour "is set to sanction a new tournament in honour of Thai legend Boonchu Ruangkit which will be held in Thailand next month," according to the IANS. The 3M baht ($91,000) Boonchu Ruangkit Championship "will be played at the Rancho Charnvee Resort and Country Club on the outsk ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Asia

12/30/14
Atos, Panasonic Partner For Tokyo 2020

Olympic TOP sponsors Atos and Panasonic announced that they will jointly develop technology-based solutions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Under this agreement, Atos and Panasonic will each provide their expertise in their respective fields. Together, the two companies will create ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Japan

12/29/14
I-League Bengaluru In Talks With Arsenal

I-League side Bengaluru FC has confirmed that it is in talks with a Premier League side to "come and play a pre-season friendly" in India sometime in July, according to the DHNS. BFC CEO Parth Jindal said, "I can't obviously give the name of the team but yes there have been talks with a (Premier Lea ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, India

12/29/14
BeIN Media Group CEO Acquires Digiturk Stake

Reports have emerged in Turkey that "a prominent Qatari businessman has agreed to pay" $820M for a 53% stake in Turkish pay-TV platform Digiturk, according to ADVANCED TELEVISION. BeIN Media Group Chair & CEO Nasser Al Khelaifi "is understood to have acquired the stake from Turkey’s Saving ...

Tags: Media, Europe, Asia

12/29/14
Yomiuri Giants To Wear Under Armour

Nippon Professional Baseball club Yomiuri Giants "will be outfitted by Under Armour in 2015, under a new agreement," according to Jeff Barker of the BALTIMORE SUN. The multi-year apparel and accessories partnership "was announced in Tokyo by the team and Dome Corp., which is licensed to sell the Bal ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia

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