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07/23/15
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

07/22/15
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

07/22/15
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

07/21/15
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

07/21/15
SPFL Agrees New Live TV Deal For China

The Scottish Professional Football League "has agreed a deal to show live Scottish football on mainstream television in China for the first time," according to Chris McLaughlin of the BBC. Thought to be worth about £500,000 ($778,000) a year for three years, the deal "is with Letv Sports, Chin ...

Tags: Media, China, United Kingdom

07/20/15
World Rugby Seeks Answers From Japan

World Rugby officials "are seeking urgent talks with organizers of the 2019 rugby World Cup following Friday's surprise announcement that Japan's proposed new national stadium won't be ready in time for the tournament," according to Julian Linden of REUTERS. The 80,000-seat stadium "was scheduled t ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Japan

07/20/15
Abe Pulls Plug On Olympic Stadium Plan

To reduce the estimated construction cost of 252B yen ($2B) and ease growing criticism, Japan PM Shinzo Abe said Friday that "the new National Stadium to be built for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be redesigned from scratch," according to Reiji Yoshida of the JAPAN TIMES. Abe said, "I’ve decide ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

07/17/15
IPL Chair Says League Remains 'Robust'

Indian Premier League Chair Rajeev Shukla said on Thursday that "the controversy-ridden league remains a 'robust' product, insisting that the event will come back stronger with a minimum of eight teams," according to the PTI. Shukla, among a host of questions, "was asked about the future of IPL and ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

07/17/15
Kabaddi League Ropes In 10 Sponsors

Kabaddi "is back on Star Sports and in its second season, the Pro Kabaddi League is bigger and better," according to INDIAN TELEVISION. Star India "has roped in as many as 10 sponsors for the second season, which will be telecast across eight of its channels in five languages." This time around, Sta ...

Tags: Media, India

07/17/15
JSW Shelves Plan To Buy IPL Club

India's JSW Group, an $11B conglomerate with interests "ranging from steel to power," is shelving plans to buy a cricket team in the "lucrative" Indian Premier League, citing the "negative aura" of the corruption-hit competition, according to Shah & Chatterjee of REUTERS. Domestic media had repo ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

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