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05/26/15
Wuhan Open Builds New $161M Stadium

The Wuhan Open is building a 1B renminbi ($161M) stadium that will "rival the size of Wimbledon’s Centre Court," according to Danielle Rossingh of BLOOMBERG. Wuhan Sports Development Investment Co. President Zhu Jianbin: "We hope we can build Wuhan into a city of tennis." Although only in its ...

Tags: Facilities, China

05/26/15
PCB Wants India To Be 'Home Ground'

The Pakistan Cricket Board wants to make India "home" where it can host all its int'l series, according to Harinder Baweja of the HINDUSTAN TIMES. PCB Chair Shahryar Khan said, "We would like to make India our home." Khan said that "the PCB has offers from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as well but woul ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

05/21/15
Japan To Host Korea In Premier 12 Opener

World No. 1 Japan "will open" this year’s inaugural World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier 12 on Nov. 8 at Sapporo Dome against chief Asian rival South Korea, according to KYODO. The groups for the Premier 12, which will pit the top 12 nations in the rankings of the WBSC, "were announc ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Japan, Asia

05/20/15
Tokyo Gov. Worried About Olympic Prep

As financing questions linger over the costly rebuilding of National Stadium for the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe "has lashed out at the central government," according to Shusuke Murai of the JAPAN TIMES. Masuzoe "was speaking Tuesday at a news conference at the Tokyo Metropolitan Govern ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

05/20/15
Indian Sports Ministry Gets Insurance Partner

The Indian Sports Ministry "roped in" Oriental Insurance Company Ltd. as its insurance partner under the Target Olympic Podium scheme for athletes, according to the PTI. The ministry said in a statement, "The said step of designating Insurance partner has been taken for the first time by the Departm ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, India

05/20/15
Koi: Presidents Cup Asian Debut Will Help Game Grow

South Korean golfer KJ Choi said that this year's Presidents Cup in Incheon "will not only spur the growth of golf in South Korea, it will encourage other Asian nations to bring the tournament to their shores and boost the sport's popularity throughout the region," according to Peter Rutherford of R ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Asia

05/19/15
Sony Six Acquires Copa América Rights

Multi Screen Media's sports channel Sony Six "acquired the live telecast rights to the 2015 edition of Copa América in South Asia," according to INDIAN TELEVISION. The tournament serves as the int'l football championship for South America and "is organized every four years by the CONMEBOL." T ...

Tags: Media, Asia

05/18/15
Abbott Sponsors Great Wall Marathon

Biotechnology firm Abbott sponsored the Great Wall Marathon in Tianjing, China, for the first time on Saturday, expanding its strategy of connecting with notable marathons it began in '14. The deal called for extensive branding on T-shirts, runners bibs, at the start/finish line and each kilometer m ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

05/18/15
OCA Blasts Athletes Over Asiad Bill

The Olympic Council of Malaysia "slammed the behavior of the nation's athletes" after being landed with a $40,000 bill for fines and damage to accommodation at last year's Asian Games, according to Nick Mulvenney of REUTERS. The 142,478 Malaysian Ringgit bill, sent by organizers of the Asiad in Inch ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

05/18/15
Singapore: SEA Games Will Meet Budget

Singapore, "still stung by the vast overspend" of hosting the inaugural Youth Olympics in '10, is confident that next month's Southeast Asian Games "will come in on budget after a boost in sponsorship," according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. Toh Boon Yi, part of the local organizing committee for ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

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