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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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10/03/13
Report: Blatter Scuppered England's Bid

U.K. Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said that FIFA President Sepp Blatter "may have deliberately scuppered England's bid" to host the 2018 World Cup, according to SKY SPORTS. Robertson believes the entire bidding process for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was "strange and obscure." He said that t ...

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10/03/13
Trade Union: Qatari Response 'Weak'

The Int'l Trade Union Confederation said that "Qatar's response to allegations of maltreatment of migrant workers in the 2022 World Cup host nation has been 'weak and disappointing,'" according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The ITUC said on Friday that "4,000 lives would be at risk before a ball was ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Middle East

10/02/13
FIFA To Delay World Cup Date Decision

Despite "widespread speculation that FIFA will vote to switch the dates of the 2022 World Cup on Friday," the governing body "will probably delay making a decision," according to Mike Collett of REUTERS. FIFA is expected to instead "set up a task force to analyse the huge implications of moving the ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East

10/02/13
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Ramps Up Tourism

Abu Dhabi's hospitality industry "is set to benefit from the increased tourism numbers driven by next month's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix," according to Sananda Sahoo of THE NATIONAL. Accommodation at the Yas Viceroy is already "sold out for the race week" from Nov. 1-3. Though the hotel did not reveal "ho ...

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10/02/13
Cameron Urges Qatar To Learn From London

British PM David Cameron has said that Qatar should follow the example of London's construction of 2012 London Olympic venues, "in which no lives were lost," when building sites for the 2022 football World Cup, according to the AFP. Following reports migrant workers were dying on building ...

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10/01/13
Ward Promises Bahrain Investigation

The controversial Bahrain F1 Grand Prix "faces an investigation if the FIA appoints a new leader," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. David Ward, who is campaigning to take over from Jean Todt as president of motor racing’s ruling body, "criticised his rival’s 'poor decision-m ...

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10/01/13
U.K. Sports Minister Critical Of FIFA

U.K. Sports Minister Hugh Robertson has condemned FIFA for making "a mess" of handing the 2022 World Cup to Qatar "but sees no option other than moving the tournament to the winter," according to the PA. Robertson also believes that "those other countries who bid for 2022 should be compensated ...

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09/30/13
Qatar, U.S. Develop Technology For Cup

Qatar has joined forces with the U.S. "to develop new food and water security solutions off the back of the technology and infrastructure developed for the 2022 World Cup," according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee (Q22) and the Qatar National Food Securi ...

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09/30/13
UN Says Qatar Failing On Forced Labor

The United Nations Int'l Labour Organisation has warned "Qatar is failing to fully implement an international convention banning the use of forced labour ahead of the 2022 football World Cup," according to Booth & Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. ILO senior labour migration adviser in the Ara ...

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