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Athletes Won't Compete Under India Flag

India's athletes lost all hope on Wednesday of competing under the national flag at the Winter Olympics after the country's suspended Olympic association said it would hold elections two days after the Games open in Sochi. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will hold a poll to elect new lead ...

Tags: Olympics, India

'Seven-Star' Cricket League Planned

A new seven-a-side corporate cricket league -- to be called 7PL -- "is set to be launched this week," according to K. Shriniwas Rao of the TIMES OF INDIA. The league will be bankrolled by a UAE-based conglomerate, and "if everything goes as planned, is all set to get underway this year." India capta ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

Lin Signs With Adidas, Will Tour Asia

NBA Houston Rockets player Jeremy Lin’s new endorsement contract with adidas includes public appearances in Asia, where he said that he "will be counted on to help the company overtake Nike," according to Scott Soshnick of BLOOMBERG. Lin: "I definitely have international appeal. There will be ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia

HKFA Tightens Financial Screening

The Hong Kong FA "plans to introduce tougher measures to screen the financial background of individual club backers" when it establishes a new Premier League in September, according to Chan & Lo of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The development comes after several football players from First Div ...

Tags: International Football, China

Tokyo 2020's $191B Economic Impact

The Institute for Urban Strategies said on Monday that Tokyo’s hosting of the 2020 Olympic Games will generate up to 20T yen ($191B) "in spillover effects for the economy," according to KYODO. The institute said in its report that "hosting the Olympics could create roughly 1.21 million jobs n ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

Korea Vice Minister Fights Match-Fixing

South Korea Vice Minister of Sports Kim Chong promised "more effective measures to combat the culture of match-fixing in the country’s professional sports," according to Jung Min-ho of the KOREA TIMES. Kim, who is also a member of the IOC’s working group fighting irregular and illegal be ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

China Sports Venues Underfunded

A report by China's General Administration of Sport revealed that the country's major sports venues "are experiencing difficulty in their management, with several of them lacking the budget for their operation," according to the WANT CHINA TIMES. Academics "are also pessimistic that the report is li ...

Tags: Facilities, China

Star India Acquires Asia Cup TV Rights

Star India "has acquired the television and sponsorship rights of Asia Cup 2014 to be held in Bangladesh," according to CABLE QUEST. Without "revealing much" about the bidding process, the Asian Cricket Council said that its exec board met in Colombo on Saturday and "accepted the bid for broadcast a ...

Tags: Media, India

Striker's Death Highlights PSSI Crisis

Sporting glory drew Cameroonian striker Salomon Bengondo to Indonesia -- "but his story ended in poverty, illness and an untimely death, in a country failing to pay its footballers," according to Sam Reeves of the AFP. Int'l players' union FIFPro said that the withholding of wages by Indonesian club ...

Tags: International Football, Asia

ICC To Improve TV Umpire Technology

The Int'l Cricket Council "is testing a new review system for TV umpires that aims to improve the accuracy and reduce the time taken to reach their decisions," according to the AP. The Officiating Replay System, developed by Hawk-Eye, "is being assessed by former elite panel umpire Simon Taufel, w ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

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