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Tokyo Unveils Logos For 2020 Olympics

Tokyo organizers on Friday unveiled the official logos for the '20 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to the AFP. The logos are "based around the letter 'T' for Tokyo and an upended '=' sign to represent equality." The Organizing Committee in a statement said, "The black colour of the central c ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

Toro Rosso Says F1 Right To Go To Baku

Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost defended F1's decision "to race in Azerbaijan next year while brushing off concerns about media freedom and the country's human rights record," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Asked at a Hungarian Grand Prix news conference "how he would react if some repor ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

Indian Cricketers Cleared Of Match-Fixing

Three high-profile cricketers at the center of the "biggest corruption scandal to hit the lucrative Indian Premier League have been cleared of match-fixing charges, further complicating attempts to clean up the tournament," according to Keohane & Crabtree of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The criminal cas ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

Scrapped Stadium To Cost Japan $47M

Officials and media said that Japan is "on the hook" to pay as much as 5.9B yen ($47M) "for its scrapped Olympic stadium even though not a single brick has been laid," according to the AFP. The revelation came days after Japan PM Shinzo Abe said the country was going "back to the drawing board" amid ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

Chinese Team In America's Cup Talks

America's Cup Events Authority CEO Russell Coutts said that a Chinese team "is one of three talking to America's Cup organisers about joining the five challengers so far entered for the 2017 edition," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Coutts: "This new entity that is looking to come in would be ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

Van Persie Heightens Stakes In Turkey

Fenerbahce "just bet the house on Robin van Persie," according to Ant & Finkel of BLOOMBERG. The Istanbul club "agreed last week" to pay the former ManU striker as much as $6.2M a year. While entry to the UEFA Champions League "would pay at least twice van Persie’s keep, failure risks infl ...

Tags: Finance, Europe, Asia

Tokyo '20 Head: IOC To Welcome Stadium

Tokyo Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori said that the IOC "may well welcome Japan's decision to scrap and completely revise plans for its controversial National Stadium since the move will save money," according to Elaine Lies of REUTERS. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said last week that "he had ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

Former FIFA VP Considering Top Job

South Korean powerbroker Chung Mong-joon "is leaning toward running for the FIFA presidency as a replacement for Sepp Blatter," and said that a non-European leader would help breathe "new wind" into football's int'l governing body, according to Kim Tong-Hyung of the AP. A former FIFA VP, Chung "also ...

Tags: International Football, Asia

Timeline Laid Out For Tokyo Stadium

Japan PM Shinzo Abe's government "set out Tuesday how it will tackle building the new National Stadium after scrapping plans widely derided as extravagant and costly," according to KYODO. Japan Education & Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura said that construction "will start on the new centerpiec ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

UBS Back As Hong Kong Open Sponsor

Swiss bank UBS "will make a surprise return as title sponsor of the Hong Kong Open in October, signalling a dramatic upswing in fortunes for the prestigious golf tournament," according to Noel Prentice of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Three years after ending an eight-year relationship with the Hong ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

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