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12/28/15
Hadid Alleges Collusion In Stadium Debacle

Architect Zaha Hadid, whose design for the new National Stadium was scrapped over "sky-high" costs, "has lashed out at a replacement chosen Tuesday," according to KYODO. She "alleged collusion by authorities and Japanese architects to kill off her project." A blueprint by rival Kengo Kuma "was picke ...

Tags: Facilities, Japan

12/28/15
Tokyo 2020 Creating Headache For PM Abe

Japan PM Shinzo Abe's hopes of using the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to boost the int'l prestige of his country -- and his leadership -- "are only causing him Olympian-sized headaches," according to Kirk Spitzer of USA TODAY. This week, Abe announced that Japan "selected a new traditiona ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/23/15
Japan Picks Tokyo 2020 Stadium Design

After scrapping the first design in July, the Japanese government Tuesday "picked a less-costly and greenery-rich plan by architect Kengo Kuma for the new National Stadium that will serve as the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," according to Shusuke Murai of the JAPAN TIMES. The winning propo ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/22/15
China Sports Expects To Reach $1.1T

The Chinese sports sector is expected to expand to 7T yuan ($1.1T) by '25, "2 trillion more than the central government's 5 trillion target," according to He Lanying of YUTANG SPORTS. That is according to the local governments, after they reported their goals for their sports sectors. Earlier this m ...

Tags: Finance, China

12/22/15
Team Effort Key To Populous' Winning Bid

Populous' global collaboration between its North American and Australian firms delivered the winning bid to design Korean Baseball Organization club NC Dinos' proposed $100M ballpark. When the city of Changwon, South Korea, brought the architecture firm on board to create a new home for the club, it ...

Tags: Facilities, Asia

12/22/15
Toyoda Resigns From Tokyo 2020

Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics "sank deeper into trouble on Monday when the president of Toyota abruptly stepped down" from the Games’ main organizing committee, according to Leo Lewis of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The resignation of Akio Toyoda, whose company has "taken an unprecedented" ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/22/15
Mark Hammett Named Sunwolves Coach

New Zealander Mark Hammett "was confirmed as the inaugural coach of Japan's new Super Rugby team the Sunwolves on Monday," according to Nick Mulvenney of REUTERS. The former All Blacks player, who had four seasons in charge at the Wellington Hurricanes, "also revealed the Tokyo and Singapore-based t ...

Tags: Franchises, Japan

12/21/15
Chinese FA Chief Unveils World Cup Vision

Chinese FA President Cai Zhenhua "unveiled an ambitious plan" for China's national football team that he said "would make the team a consistent World Cup contender in two decades, and crack the global top 30 regularly," according to Sun Xiaochen of XINHUA. His solution: "management reform and league ...

Tags: International Football, China

12/21/15
Tokyo 2020 Facing Budget Increase

Japanese public broadcaster NHK said that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will cost the organizing committee "six times than their original estimate," and come in at around 1.8T yen ($14.9B), according to Junko Fujita of REUTERS. The cost blow out "was caused by unexpected payments for building lanes ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/21/15
Coal India Inks $2M Deal With HIL

Coal India "will be the title sponsor of Hockey India League 2016," according to Subhro Niyogi of the TIMES OF INDIA. The '17 and '18 editions of the tournament "may also be called Coal India-Hockey League if the CIL board gives its nod." The state-owned coal firm signed a multi-crore deal with Hock ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, India

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