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Almaty Battles Perceptions In 2022 Bid

The execs in charge of bringing the 2022 Winter Olympics to Almaty, Kazakhstan "are far more serious" than the last time a former Soviet republic from Central Asia bid to host an Olympics in '92, when "the entire thing was considered a joke," according to Sam Borden of the N.Y. TIMES. They do n ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

IOA President Demands $2M Defamation Notice

Indian Olympic Association President N. Ramachandran has "slapped a defamation notice" on Hockey India President Narinder Batra by demanding Rs 10 crore ($1.6M) for allegedly "damaging his reputation by his bribery allegations," even as Batra "dared the IOA boss to sue him in a court of law," accord ...

Tags: Olympics, India

BCCI Invites Tenders For '15-19

The Board of Control for Cricket in India "published an invitation to tender" for the title sponsorship relating to the BCCI home series and tournaments -- both int'l and domestic -- for the '15-16, '16-17, '17-18 and '18-19 seasons, according to INDIAN TELEVISION. The rights on offer "include spons ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, India

Tokyo Shortlists Baseball, Softball, Karate

Tokyo "has shortlisted baseball, softball and karate among nine additional candidate events for the 2020 Olympics in Japan’s capital," according to Isabel Reynolds of BLOOMBERG. Bowling, roller sports, climbing, squash, surfing and wushu "were also listed" Monday by the Tokyo 2020 Additional E ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

JFA Denies Buying CONMEBOL Support

A senior official of the Japan FA "denied allegations that it paid" $1.5M to the sport’s South American confederation for supporting its co-hosting of the 2002 World Cup, according to the AFP. JFA Honorary President Junji Ogura said, "It’s impossible." On Friday, Spanish sports daily Dia ...

Tags: International Football, Japan

NSDF Gives Out More Than $960,000

In "its attempt to improve the standard of sports in the country," the Indian government gave assistance of Rs 6.1 crore ($961,000) for the training of 31 athletes and to eight organizations in the first quarter of the current year '15-16 from the National Sports Development Fund, according to INDIA ...

Tags: Finance, India

South Korea Nixes Buying L.A. Dodgers Stake

Sources familiar with the matter said that South Korea's sovereign wealth fund has "abandoned its plan to buy a stake" in MLB club L.A. Dodgers as part of a broader move to "diversify its investment portfolio," according to YONHAP. The Korea Investment Corp., which "manages assets entrusted by ...

Tags: Finance, Asia

Star Extends Indian Hockey Rights

Star India, which launched eight sports channels including four HD channels since '13, "is keen on taking India from being a cricket nation to a sports nation," according to INDIAN TELEVISION. Star India, which had "joined hands" with Hockey India to promote the sport in '12 for an initial period of ...

Tags: Media, India

HKFA Fights For More Tickets To Qualifier

Hong Kong "will fight for a bigger-than-normal away ticket allocation for their much-anticipated ‘local derby’ against China" in a World Cup qualifier in Shenzhen in September, according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Both of Hong Kong’s opening group C qualifying ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

Euroleague Unveils Partnership In China

Euroleague Basketball and HBN announced an agreement worth more than €30M ($34M) "for its aggregate duration" to form a brand new company in China that "will manage the rights of Europe's premier professional basketball league and further grow its commercial opportunities in Asia's biggest mar ...

Tags: Europe, China

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