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04/08/15
Tokyo Focuses On 'Sustainable' Games

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics promised the most innovative, impeccably run and "sustainable" Games ever, according to Elaine Kurtenbach of the AP. With just a little more than five years to go, doubts "are growing whether they will deliver on the last pledge." The World Wide Fund for Nature ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

04/07/15
Player Exodus Concern For ARU

Super Rugby side NSW Waratahs player Matt Carraro said that the spate of players "taking up rich offers from Japanese clubs may not be ideal but it is the best scenario for Australian rugby in the face of a mass exodus," according to Jamie Pandaram of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Carraro said that st ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Japan, Australia

04/07/15
Indian Weightlifting To Suspend 3 Units

Indian Weightlifting Federation Secretary D. Chandrahas Rai said that the IWF will suspend "at least three of its regional units after 21 lifters tested positive for banned substances over the last 12 months," according to Amlan Chakraborty of REUTERS. The majority of the lifters who failed drug tes ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

04/07/15
Indonesia Resolves Olympic Ring Row

Related stories: PRSI Looses Funding Due To Ring Dispute Indonesia  is "set to retain the hosting rights of the 2018 Asian Games" and avoid an IOC ban "after resolving a row over the use of the Olympic rings logo," according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. The IO ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

04/07/15
Samsung Sponsors 2018 Winter Games

PyeongChang organizers (POCOG) said on Monday that South Korea's Samsung Group has signed a 100B won ($92.2M) local sponsorship contract to support the 2018 Winter Games, according to Peter Rutherford of REUTERS. Sponsors had initially been "slow to come forward" for PyeongChang, prompting the ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia

04/03/15
Sources: India To Bid For 2024 Olympics

Sources "confirmed the recent developments of a formal plan being worked upon" for India to host the 2024 Olympic Games in Ahmedabad, according to IBN LIVE. IOC President Thomas Bach "is scheduled to visit India later next month" in an official visit to meet India PM Narendra Modi. India "seems to b ...

Tags: Olympics, India

04/03/15
ISL Ignores Advice To Ban Clubs

The Indonesian Super League has set itself "on a collision course with the government after ignoring a recommendation to disqualify two teams in the new season over concerns about the clubs' owner," according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. The Indonesian Professional Sports Agency (BOPI), sanctione ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

04/03/15
LG Partners With Skeleton Team

South Korean appliances maker LG Electronics "signed a three-year deal to sponsor the country's skeleton team" ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, according to Peter Rutherford of REUTERS. South Korea "is hoping to medal in a number of different sports when it hosts Asia's first Winte ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia

04/01/15
Financial Boost Likely For HK Opens

Golf and tennis are in line to receive millions of dollars in funding from the "revamped" Mega Events Fund for each sport's "showpiece tournaments" later this year, a top government official said, according to Alvin Sallay of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The Hong Kong Opens in both golf and te ...

Tags: Finance, China

04/01/15
Qatar May Not Need Cooling For 2022

A winter World Cup in Qatar "may not require cooling systems to lower temperatures in the stadiums as proposed in the bid for a summer tournament," said an exec from the Gulf state's 2022 organizing committee, according to Amena Bakr of REUTERS. One of the biggest challenges of hosting the tour ...

Tags: Facilities, Asia

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