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Badminton To Make Paralympics Debut

Badminton will make its Paralympics debut in Tokyo in '20 after the Int'l Paralympic Committee on Tuesday "included it in the first batch of approved sports for the event," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Badminton, "hugely popular in Asia, is already an Olympic sport." IPC President Phili ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

OCA President Slams India Over Cricket

The head of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) "has launched a scathing attack on India over its refusal to enter a cricket team at the Asian Games, saying its decision was 'killing' the sport," according to Julian Linden of REUTERS. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said that its players "we ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

Thailand Unveils New Racetrack

Locals said they hoped motorsports "could revitalise the economy of the northeastern province as the Chang International Circuit (CIC) was unveiled to the international community," according to Paritta Wangkiat of the BANGKOK POST. Former Cabinet Minister Newin Chidchob said, "Today is the day that ...

Tags: Facilities, Asia

Fox Sports, Star Sports Extend F1 Deal

Fox Sports and Star Sports will continue their exclusive broadcast of the FIA Formula One World Championship for another seven years in Asia, from '16 till the '22 season. The multi-territory deal with Formula One Management provides Fox Sports with exclusive broadcast rights (cable, satellite and t ...

Tags: Media, Asia

Thohir Wants Club To Be Like Media Business

Inter Milan Owner Erick Thohir wants the club "to be more like a media business," according to Ben Bland of the FINANCIAL TIMES. He "is a man on a mission to turn one of Italy’s top football clubs from fading icon into a thriving multinational business." Of the decline of Italian football on t ...

Tags: International Football, Asia, Europe

Typhoon Threatens Japanese F1 Race

A typhoon off the coast of Japan "could threaten the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix scheduled to take place at the Suzuka circuit this Sunday, the sport’s official weather forecaster warned on Thursday," according to Abhishek Takle of REUTERS. Forecaster UBIMET said that Typhoon Phanfone, cla ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Japan

Thailand Surprises ASO With Tour Plans

Thailand "boldly announced they were in talks to host the Tour de France on Thursday," much to the surprise of race organizers who said that "they were only discussing staging a low key one-day in the Southeast Asian nation," according to Lefevre & Pretot of REUTERS. The Tourism Authority of Tha ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Asia

IPC To Discuss Tokyo 2020 Program

The Int'l Paralympic Committee governing board will meet in Berlin on Tuesday "to discuss which sports should be included" in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic program, according to the BBC. Twenty-four sports are in the running for '20, including the 22 that will feature at Rio 2016 "together with para-bad ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

ISL Club Signs Title Deal With Muthoot

Gold loan business Muthoot Pappachan Group "has bagged title sponsorship" of Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters FC, which is co-owned by former cricket player Sachin Tendulkar, according to THE ECONOMIC TIMES. MPG "has taken the title sponsorship initially for a year," but with an option to re ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, India

India's Richest Race To Own Sports Teams

As "owning a sports club becomes the new status symbol for country's uber rich," it is India's wealthiest man -- Reliance Industries Chair Mukesh Ambani -- who "leads the pack" with his Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians being worth an estimated $200M, according to the PTI. Forbes reported th ...

Tags: Franchises, India

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