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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

AFC General Secretary Alex Soosay Quits

Suspended Asian Football Confederation General Secretary Alex Soosay quit on Wednesday "rather than fight to clear his name amid allegations he tried to interfere with a corruption probe of the regional governing body," according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. Soosay was suspended last month b ...

Tags: International Football, Asia

PyeongChang 2018 Unveils Plans

The organizing committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics "unveiled its construction plans and official name for the athletes' villages, Tuesday," according to Baek Byung-yeul of the KOREA TIMES. PyeongChang Organizing Committee spokesperson Sung Baik-you said, "With a total construction cos ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

Singapore 'Unlikely' To Bid For SEA Games

A Singapore bid to host the Asian Games "appeared unlikely" despite its successful Southeast Asian Games held in state-of-the-art facilities this month, according to the AFP. Senior sports officials "gave a thumbs-down to an Asiad in Singapore," signaling that hosting Asia's version of the Olympics ...

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