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Beijing Says Probe Will Not Affect Bid

A spokesperson said that a corruption investigation into a deputy Chinese sports minister who had sat on the country's Olympic committee "will not impact Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics," according to Ben Blanchard of REUTERS. The Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog, the Central Commiss ...

Tags: Olympics, China

Osaka Raises $114M For New Stadium

Reigning J.League champions Gamba Osaka has raised ¥14B ($114M) for its new 40,000-seater stadium, slated to be completed this fall and be ready for use when the next season begins in March. The club has been raising money for the project since '10 and will now be able to add features including ...

Tags: Facilities, Japan

Japan Stadium To Cost More Than $2B

Officials said that Japan's "trouble-plagued" new National Stadium, the centerpiece of the 2020 Olympics, will cost more than $2B to build, nearly twice the original estimate, and be "completed two months later than first thought," according to Elaine Lies of REUTERS. The new stadium, which wil ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

Mayor Hopeful Of N. Korea Participation

The mayor of the South Korean host city for the upcoming Summer Universiade said on Monday that "he remains hopeful North Korea will overturn its boycott and take part in the athletic competition," according to YONHAP. Gwangju Mayor and Universiade Organizing Committee President Yoon Jang-hyun said ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Asia

KBL Reveals Measures On Match-Fixing

The Korean Basketball League announced on Monday its measures against match-fixing and illegal sports betting, which resurfaced after Anyang KGC head coach Chun Chang-jin was "investigated for allegedly betting against his own team," according to Nam Hyun-woo of the KOREA TIMES. However, league ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

Premier League Matches On Free TV

Bangkok Media & Broadcasting, the operator behind the PPTV HD TV channel, "has agreed a deal to show" Premier League matches in Thailand, according to Ian Ferris of TRIBAL FOOTBALL. Pay-TV operator Cable Thai Holding "holds the full broadcast rights to the Premier League in Thailand, but typical ...

Tags: Media, Asia

IOA Dismisses Hockey India Demand

Indian Olympic Association President N. Ramachandran on Friday "dismissed Narinder Batra’s claim of having requisite support to bring a no-confidence motion against him, saying that the Hockey India boss does not even have enough backers to call a Special General Meeting to propose the move," ...

Tags: Olympics, India

Fude Holdings Invests In Yanbian FC

Yanbian Changbaishan FC, a team from the Jia League, China's second tier, has "signed a four-year sponsorship deal with life insurance company Fude Holdings" worth CNY80M ($12.9M), according to SOCCEREX. Fude will invest CNY20M ($3.2M) a year into the Yanji-based club, contributing to the establishm ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

Baku Gears Up For F1 Debut In '16

Azerbaijan's capital Baku is set to host an F1 race next year, the country's "highest-profile sporting event," according to Tom Hayward of REUTERS. The inaugural European Games has "established Baku on the sporting map but the Azeri capital is already gearing up for a far bigger spectacle" next ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Asia

Star India To Broadcast Kabaddi

Pro Kabaddi League season two "has just got bigger," according to INDIAN TELEVISION. Star India, the official broadcaster of the league, "will telecast the sport in five languages across eight channels." The language feed "is in sync with Star’s effort to nurture and grow the sport, which witn ...

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