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09/29/15
Tokyo 2020 Wants Five New Sports

Leagues and governing federations of the five new possible Olympic sports were quick to cheer the Tokyo Olympic committee’s proposal to expand the 2020 Olympic program, though final decisions will not be made until next August. Tokyo organizers on Monday proposed 18 new med ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

09/28/15
Japan Sports Minister Resigns

Japan Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura, a close conservative ally of PM Shinzo Abe, "has tendered his resignation over the scrapping of plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics centerpiece stadium after a cost blowout," according to Sieg & Kaneko of REUTERS. Shimomura told a post-cabinet meeting news ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

09/28/15
Nike Reports Quarterly Sales Bump

Nike in its Q1 report on Thursday "posted a 23% jump in quarterly profits and particularly strong sales gains in China," according to Germano & Stynes of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. The company "reported a three-month profit" to begin FY '16 of $1.18B, as sales rose 5% from a year earlier to $8.41B ...

Tags: Finance, Asia

09/25/15
China To Prosecute Former Sports Minister

The Chinese Communist Party's corruption watchdog said on Thursday that former Deputy Sports Minister Xiao Tian, who once sat on China's Olympics committee, "will be prosecuted for graft after an investigation found he abused his position and took bribes," according to Ben Blanchard of REUTERS. Chi ...

Tags: International Football, China

09/24/15
Singapore Edging Hong Kong For EPL

Hong Kong is losing to Singapore in terms of facilities, "casting doubt on the return of the ever-popular EPL Asia Trophy in the near future," according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. English Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore said that it had made "no decision about the next even ...

Tags: Facilities, Asia

09/24/15
Stay On Meeting Overshadows BCCI Race

The death of Board of Control for Cricket in India President Jagmohan Dalmiya has "triggered a race" within the BCCI for the post of interim president, but the Supreme Court's "stay on working committee meetings may throw a spanner in the works," according to IANS. According to section 16/d of ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

09/24/15
BWF To Implement Changes

Badminton is seeking a "sexy" new image to bring in fans and revenue, according to TNP. Even in China, "where badminton has mass participation and world-beating stars, its visibility dims in the glare of more glamorous rivals like NBA basketball, football and tennis." Everything "is on the table as ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, China

09/23/15
BCCI Divided After Dalmiya's Death

The "sudden demise" of Board of Control for Cricket in India President Jagmohan Dalmiya has turned the BCCI into a "divided house with the East Zone units deciding to prop up their own candidate, giving a new twist to the intense succession battle," according to the PTI. The East Zone ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

09/23/15
LeTV Wins Broadcasting Rights To EPL

Mainland Chinese web entertainment portal LeTV "has become the world’s first internet company to win exclusive broadcasting rights to the English Premier League" in a deal worth a reported $400M, according to Vivienne Chow of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. LeTV made the announcement "in front o ...

Tags: Media, China

09/23/15
POCOG Organizers Break Ground On Village

The organizing committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics (POCOG) "held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the launch of construction of the Athletes Village on Tuesday," according to Peter Rutherford of REUTERS. Construction "is due to be completed in 2017 and will house around 3,500 athlete ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

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