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05/27/14
Singapore Delays Malaysia Game

Singapore "has postponed a highly anticipated football match against arch-rivals Malaysia over concerns that its state-of-the-art new sports complex is not ready to host the fixture," according to the AFP. Officials said that "there was no new date yet for the game, which was planned for August 8 as ...

Tags: Facilities, Asia

05/27/14
HK Premier League Viability In Doubt

The viability of the inaugural Hong Kong Premier League, due to be launched in September, "is hanging in the balance, with several clubs reluctant to commit to the new format," according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Prospective teams "have been given until the end of this month to ...

Tags: International Football, Asia

05/27/14
HKCA Optimistic About Ground Expansion

Hong Kong Cricket Association Chair Rodney Miles is "buoyant on expansion," according to Alvin Sallay of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. With Hong Kong's elevation to one-day int'l status, "the need for more grounds has increased." As it is, "the game's growth has been stunted by the small number of f ...

Tags: Facilities, China

05/27/14
Bridgestone To Become Olympic Sponsor

Sources said that Bridgestone Corp. will pay about 35B yen ($344M) to become a major sponsor of the IOC "in a deal that will cover the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," according to the ASAHI SHIMBUN. The 10-year deal "will recognize Bridgestone as one of the 11 top-ranked worldwide sponsors under the TOP (The ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Japan

05/23/14
Hingis Approached By Hong Kong Open

Martina Hingis "is being chased" by Hong Kong Tennis Open organizers, hoping the former world No. 1 "will provide star power for the city's return to the big time in September," according to Alvin Sallay of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Hingis has been approached to play at the $250,000 WTA Champion ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

05/23/14
ARFU: Too Soon For Super Rugby In Asia

The head of the Asia Rugby Football Union said that Asia "is not ready to host a Super Rugby franchise," with no union or sponsor in a position to underwrite the $100M five-year cost of hosting the Southern Hemisphere competition's 18th team, according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. ARFU President ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

05/23/14
Supreme Court Denies BCCI's Srinivasan

The Supreme Court on Thursday "declined to reinstate" ousted Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan and "pulled him up" for seeking a modification of the previous order passed in the Indian Premier League corruption case, according to Utkarsh Anand of the INDIAN EXPRESS. A vac ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

05/22/14
AIFF Axes Four Clubs From I-League

In a "stunning development in Indian football," two-time champions Churchill Brothers were "thrown out of the I-League along with three other teams" for failing to fulfill the All India Football Federation's club licensing criteria, according to the PTI. The AIFF's Club Licensing Committee -- First ...

Tags: International Football, India

05/21/14
Japan Hopes Baseball Boosts Economy

A set of recommendations to lift growth in Japan's economy drafted by Japan PM Shinzo Abe's party "calls for slashing corporate taxes, reforming public pensions, and -- in a curve ball -- increasing the number of professional baseball teams to 16 from 12," according to Junko Fujita of REUTERS. The r ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Japan

05/21/14
Man City Invests In J.League Club

Man City has "bought a stake" in J.League club Yokohama F. Marinos, "expanding their links" with overseas football clubs, according to Keith Weir of REUTERS. Man City, owned by Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour, has already bought A-League side Melbourne Heart and is launching the MLS side N.Y. City FC nex ...

Tags: Finance, United Kingdom, Japan

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