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China Planning To Bid For AFC Asian Cup

Chinese Football Federation said on Wednesday that "China is planning to bid to host the AFC Asian up 2023," according to XINHUA. The tournament will be held in June or July '23 "with a total of 51 matches through 30 days." Twenty-four teams "will be divided into six groups." The winners and ru ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

KT Signs Contract For PyeongChang

KT said Tuesday that the mobile carrier has signed an exclusive contract with an organizing committee of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics "to provide the world's first fifth-generation (5G) network system at the upcoming sports event," according to Lee Min-hyung of the KOREA TIMES. KT is "one of the mo ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia

Sony Pictures Networks Acquires MCL Rights

Sony Pictures Networks India has "bagged the exclusive telecast rights to the first edition of the Masters Champions League," a T20 cricket league which is slated to begin on Jan. 28, according to INDIAN TELEVISION. Further "expanding its bouquet of international sporting events, Sony Six will telec ...

Tags: Media, India

Chinese Teams Raid Korean Clubs For Talent

The South Korean football league "is the most successful in Asia," but a new end-of-season tradition "is developing in its place," according to John Duerden of the N.Y. TIMES. As soon as the last ball has been kicked, K-League clubs "are becoming increasingly accustomed to dealing with wealthy Chine ...

Tags: International Football, China

BOJ: Tokyo Olympics To Boost Japan GDP

The Bank of Japan said that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games "will likely boost Japan's economy by 0.2-0.3 of a percentage point on average each year until 2018, offsetting some of the pain from another sales tax hike planned in 2017," according to Leika Kihara of REUTERS. The estimate by the central ba ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

Year In Review: Asia

China’s interest in the Olympics and the growth of domestic football put the country in the spotlight throughout the year. Large purchases by Chinese companies Dalian Wanda Group and Alibaba also showed the country’s growing sentiment to boost its presence and relevance on the global spo ...

Tags: Year End, Asia

Hadid Alleges Collusion In Stadium Debacle

Architect Zaha Hadid, whose design for the new National Stadium was scrapped over "sky-high" costs, "has lashed out at a replacement chosen Tuesday," according to KYODO. She "alleged collusion by authorities and Japanese architects to kill off her project." A blueprint by rival Kengo Kuma "was picke ...

Tags: Facilities, Japan

Tokyo 2020 Creating Headache For PM Abe

Japan PM Shinzo Abe's hopes of using the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to boost the int'l prestige of his country -- and his leadership -- "are only causing him Olympian-sized headaches," according to Kirk Spitzer of USA TODAY. This week, Abe announced that Japan "selected a new traditiona ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

Japan Picks Tokyo 2020 Stadium Design

After scrapping the first design in July, the Japanese government Tuesday "picked a less-costly and greenery-rich plan by architect Kengo Kuma for the new National Stadium that will serve as the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," according to Shusuke Murai of the JAPAN TIMES. The winning propo ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

China Sports Expects To Reach $1.1T

The Chinese sports sector is expected to expand to 7T yuan ($1.1T) by '25, "2 trillion more than the central government's 5 trillion target," according to He Lanying of YUTANG SPORTS. That is according to the local governments, after they reported their goals for their sports sectors. Earlier this m ...

Tags: Finance, China

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