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04/05/16
Tokyo 2020 CEO Weighs In On Security

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said that security "is his greatest concern but believes Japan will be safe from the kind of mass street protests currently overshadowing this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Games," according to Andrew McKirdy of the JAPAN TIMES. He said, "If I had to choose just one ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

04/01/16
Figure Skating To Be Held In Mornings

All figure skating competitions during the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics will start at 10am local time, which will "put the events in prime time in North America," according to longtime Olympics writer Philip Hersh. The "day-of-competition final practice will be earlier in the morning." There is a 13-ho ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

03/31/16
IPL Contributed $172M To Indian GDP

Many of the world’s top cricketers "will gather in India next month to compete in a league that didn’t exist 10 years ago, yet now contributes billions of rupees to the country’s economy," according to Colin Simpson of BLOOMBERG. The Indian Premier League "features eight franchise ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

03/30/16
CSA Warns Swimmers For Clenbuterol Use

The Chinese Swimming Association has announced it will be issuing a "warning penalty" to swimmers Wang Lizhuo and An Jiabao after they tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, according to Jessica Macy Yu of REUTERS. A "terse" CSA statement posted online on Monday said that it would "al ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, China

03/29/16
Hebei Promises Clean-Up For 2022 Games

The top official in China's northern province of Hebei, one of the country's most polluted, "has vowed to use the staging of the 2022 Winter Olympics to drive efforts to cut smog, promote clean energy and ease dependence on heavy industry," according to Stanway & Chen of REUTERS. The city of Zha ...

Tags: Olympics, China

03/29/16
NHK Starting Tokyo Games Int'l Marketing

Japan's public broadcaster NHK World TV has partnered with Virgin Media to target U.K. consumers "as it starts to push its brand ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," according to Charlotte McEleny of THE DRUM. The three-day campaign "marks the start of activity in which it promotes its English la ...

Tags: Media, Japan

03/29/16
Wanda Chair Makes Troubling Remarks

When Wanda Group Chair Wang Jianlin said that his company would "willingly support a Chinese bid to host the FIFA World Cup, it came as a surprise to no one," according to Mark Dreyer of the GLOBAL TIMES. Wang and his firm have "long talked about this goal, with Wanda's agreement last week to become ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

03/24/16
FIS Plans To Install Alpine Asian Tour

The Int'l Ski Federation (FIS) "sees Asia as the market with the biggest growth potential for winter sports," according Valentin Oetterli of the NEUEN ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG. As a result, FIS President Gian Franco Kasper "plans install an 'Asian Tour' in the long term." Kasper: "One of my wishes is to ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia, Europe

03/24/16
JCA Wants To Build First Int'l Cricket Ground

The Japan Cricket Association announced on Wednesday the first steps toward "building an international standard ground in Tochigi Prefecture, the first such ground in the country," according to KYODO. JCA outlined the importance of the decision in a press release, and said, "The significance of ...

Tags: Facilities, Japan

03/24/16
China Orders 'Ostentation' To Be Banished

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said that organizers of the 2022 Winter Olympics must ensure the event is not tainted by "ostentation, waste or luxury," according to Ben Blanchard of REUTERS. Beijing, along with the nearby city of Zhangjiakou, "won the right to host the Games last year." The run-up ...

Tags: Olympics, China

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