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Japan Super Rugby Team Named

The Japanese Super Rugby franchise "is officially in the competition," according to the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. The team "will be known as the Sunwolves after an engagement with fans from all over the world to help devise an identity." Interim ...

Tags: Franchises, Japan

Japan To Allow Test Of Self-Driving Taxis

Japan "will allow tests of self-driving taxis on public roads with passengers from next year as the country readies itself to showcase the technology by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," according to Jie Ma of BLOOMBERG. The government "will work with the Japanese social media and gaming company DeNA Co. to ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

Srinivasan Denied Entry To Meeting

The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday denied former Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan legroom for a comeback to BCCI management by dismissing the board's plea for review of its Jan. 22 order "disqualifying persons with commercial interest in cricket from being part of the a ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

Ronaldo To Open 30 Schools In China

Former Brazilian footballer Ronaldo "will open 30 football schools in China," the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year said on Tuesday, as China continues with "ambitious reforms aimed at making themselves world beaters," according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. Xinhua news reported the franchi ...

Tags: International Football, China

PyeongChang 2018 Partners With SK Group

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games signed an official domestic sponsorship agreement with SK Group. Under the agreement, SK Group will become an official partner for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games for the "semiconductors an ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

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

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

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

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

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

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