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05/26/16
JOC Establishes Tokyo 2020 Probe Team

The Japanese Olympic Committee on Wednesday "established a team to investigate whether any illegal payments were made during its successful bid for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics," according to Elaine Lies of REUTERS. The bid team reportedly made payments totaling more than $2M "to a Singapore bank account ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

05/26/16
IPL Attracting More Women Than Ever

As women "flock to the stands and take prominent positions in commentary boxes and boardrooms, cricket’s richest Twenty20 league is no longer solely a man’s world," according to the AFP. The days of "male-dominated crowds spending as much time ogling cheerleaders on the boundary as takin ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

05/25/16
SPN Launches Multi-Language Euro Feeds

Indian football fans will be able to watch the Euro 2016 tournament "in a range of languages after Sony Pictures Networks India announced multiple feeds for its live coverage," according to Rebecca Hawkes of RAPID TV NEWS. English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam speakers "will all ...

Tags: Media, India

05/25/16
14 Russians Test Positive From 2008 Games

Russia’s prospects of "being welcomed back into world athletics in time for the Rio Olympics appear increasingly doomed, with nearly half of a slew of new positive tests from the Beijing Games eight years ago reportedly belonging to competitors from the former Soviet republic," according to Ch ...

Tags: Olympics, China, Russia

05/24/16
HK Tennis Open Receives $1.2M Boost

This year’s Hong Kong Tennis Open "should see an upgrade in star power" after receiving a HK$2M ($260,000) boost in government support -- but fans of cricket and golf "are still facing an anxious wait to see if their local flagship events will be funded," according to Porteous & Careem of ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

05/24/16
French Open Partners With Sina Sports

Chinese online sports platform Sina Sports "announced a strategic partnership with the French Open," which kicked off Sunday, according to the GLOBAL TIMES. Under the terms of the agreement, Sina Sports will become the "Social Media Destination of Roland Garros in China" through the creation of a Ch ...

Tags: Media, China, Europe

05/23/16
BCCI Appoints Thakur As New President

India’s new cricket chief Anurag Thakur "is a close ally of right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a media-friendly administrator seen as capable of cleaning up the governing body’s tarnished image," according to the AFP. Thakur "is now charged with running the Board of Control for ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

05/23/16
LeSports Secures Euro 2016 Rights

LeSports Hong Kong has secured the broadcasting rights to Euro 2016. The competition represents LeSports HK's first local live streaming sports production, with full coverage of all 51 tournament matches. Game analysis and commentary will enrich the content, with the analysis to be anchored by a com ...

Tags: Media, China

05/23/16
Chinese Buyers Close To Stellar Group

Four Chinese investor groups are reportedly locked in a more than $140M "bidding war for one of the world's most powerful" football agencies, U.K.-based Stellar Group, a sign that "China's appetite for sport is outgrowing trophy club investments," according to Adam Jourdan of REUTERS. A source with ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, United Kingdom, China

05/23/16
Golf In Crosshairs Of Chinese Government

Golf has "suffered the brunt of Chinese President Xi Jinping's crackdown on all things unsavoury," according to Alex Jenkins of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Lumped together with "drugs, gambling, prostitution, ill-gotten wealth and conspicuous consumption, the game has been portrayed as a vice ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, China

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