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Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 26 / 14

The Greek Super League elected Asteras Tripolis President GIORGOS BOROVILOS as president on Monday "after he secured 13 votes out of the 16 teams in the league," with Panthrakikos President DIMITRIS TZELEPIS elected as his deputy ( REUTERS, 11/25 ). ... The NBA announced that JAN MENNEKEN h...

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11/26/14
Qatar Looks To Enter F1 Circuit

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone revealed that "Qatar is planning to host a grand prix in a bid to build up the sporting legacy in the tiny Gulf state which controversially won the right to stage the 2022 World Cup," according to Christian Sylt for the London INDEPENDENT. A grand prix in Qatar "would bring ...

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11/26/14
Healthpoint Partners With Man City

Mubadala-owned medical company Healthpoint "has agreed to a three-year deal" to become Man City’s regional healthcare provider and partner, according to Adam Bouyamourn of THE NATIONAL. Healthpoint, which specializes in orthopaedics, sports medicine, and physical therapy, "will provide clinica ...

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11/26/14
Qatar's Late Pledge Prompts Concerns

Doha offered $37M of new backing to track and field’s governing body "minutes before officials voted to make the Qatar city host of the 2019 world championships, raising questions about how the Gulf state uses finance to bargain for sports events," according to Alex Duff of BLOOMBERG. The prop ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Middle East

11/25/14
Etihad Airways Extends F1 Deal

Etihad Airways "extended its title sponsorship of the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix," according to Gary Meenaghan of THE NATIONAL. The cost of the new deal remains undisclosed, but it will run until '21 to make the Abu Dhabi carrier one of the sport’s longest-standing title sponsors, "havin ...

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11/25/14
Report: IHF Promised Wildcard To Germany

A report by German public broadcaster ARD revealed that "regardless of Germany’s results during qualifying" for the 2015 World Handball Championship in Qatar (Jan. 17-Feb.1), the Int'l Handball Federation "promised a wildcard to the German team," according to L’EQUIPE. In June, Germany ...

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11/21/14
Qatar Whistleblower Worried About Safety

Whistleblower Phaedra Al-Majid claimed that "she was targeted by Qataris after making corruption allegations against the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid," according to the PA. Al-Majid, who worked for the Qatar 2022 bid team before losing her job in '10, claimed that "she will live the rest of her life i ...

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11/20/14
IAAF Bends Over Backwards For Doha

A "floodlit marathon and a state-of-the-art stadium that could feature an air-cooling system were two of the ambitious proposals that resulted in the IAAF awarding the 2019 World Athletics Championships to Doha" on Tuesday, according to Ron Lewis of the LONDON TIMES. Eager to avoid the sort of fea ...

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11/20/14
Qatar Claims Conditions Improving

Qatar has claimed that the "working conditions and human rights situation in the Gulf state have improved, in the wake of a recent Amnesty International report which claimed otherwise," according to Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN. 2022 World Cup Organization Committee CEO Nasser Al-Khater said, "We had no ...

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11/20/14
F1 CEO Helps Caterham Return To Grid

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has handed "financially-troubled" Caterham a boost as it returns to the grid at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, according to the BBC. Ecclestone has "waived freight costs and chartered a plane for staff attending the season-ending race." Caterham, which went into administration in ...

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11/19/14
Doha To Host Athletics Championships

Qatar's "emergence as a global sporting hub gained further clout when Doha was chosen as host city for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships on Tuesday," according to Martyn Herman of REUTERS. The "fast-growing city alongside the Arabian Gulf will become the first from the Middle East to stage ...

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