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Indian Premier League Marks Its Abu Dhabi Arrival With Celebratory Gala

04 / 17 / 14

Abu Dhabi "heralded the arrival" of the Indian Premier League with an evening of "fireworks, music, dance and celebration," according to Kyle Sinclair of THE NATIONAL. All eight of the IPL teams were "present to mark the start of the cricket tournament and were treated to performances from Bollywood...

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04/19/13
Mumbai Tigers Confirm I-League Bid

Rajen Kilachand, chairman of Dubai-based conglomerate Dodsal Group, which owns Indian second tier side FC Mumbai Tigers, "has confirmed his intention to bid for an I-League franchise in next month's auction," according to Ashley Hammond of GULF NEWS. The All India Football Federation is accepting bi ...

Tags: Franchises, Middle East, India

04/19/13
Star Bets Big On Sports Growth

When Star India paid the Board of Control for Cricket in India $770M last year for int'l cricket media rights for domesitc matches, it showed that it was becoming "unusually aggressive in chasing the sports business," according to Vanita Kohli-Khandekar of the BUSINESS STANDARD. The deal covere ...

Tags: Media, Middle East

04/18/13
FIA President Will Not Be In Bahrain

FIA President Jean Todt will not attend this weekend’s controversial Bahrain Grand Prix, but officials "played down the significance of his absence on Wednesday," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. An FIA spokesperson said that "the Frenchman had never had Bahrain on his schedule after bein ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Middle East

04/17/13
Ecclestone: Race Will Go As Scheduled

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has assured protesters in Bahrain that he "understands their grievances and is willing to meet opposition figures ahead of the most controversial F1 race of the year this weekend," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Ecclestone: "I'm happy to talk to anybody about this, as ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Middle East

04/17/13
Merkel: Fair Tender For Qatar World Cup

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Qatar "to ensure a reliable legal framework for companies bidding for the multi-million dollar infrastructure projects" for the 2022 World Cup, according to Sarah Marsh of REUTERS. Merkel: "For the engagement of German companies in Qatar, it is very important th ...

Tags: Facilities, Middle East, Europe

04/16/13
Bahrain Explosions Fuel Fears; Race A Go

A series of explosions in Bahrain "has raised security fears ahead of the kingdom’s premier international sporting event" -- this weekend's F1 Grand Prix motor race, according to Simeon Kerr of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The interior ministry said on Monday that "it would boost security after 'terro ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Middle East

04/15/13
Sponsors Wary Of Bahrain F1 Race

The Bahrain Grand Prix may be going ahead this weekend, but "will not do so with everyone involved seemingly as happy about it" as F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, according to CRASH. While motorsports governing body FIA "has refused to confirm its stance" on the political situation within the Gu ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Middle East

04/15/13
Facility Notes

ManU "will go ahead with a coaching school in Bahrain" hosted by striker Denis Law "despite the volatile political situation in the Gulf State" ( AFP, 4/12 ). ... FIFA President Sepp Blatter "will inaugurate the new headquarters of the Federation of Haitian Football, next week." The former headqua ...

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04/10/13
Man Pleads Not Guilty In Sex Bribes Case

A Singapore businessman accused of bribing three Lebanese football match officials with prostitutes "has been released on bail after he entered a not guilty plea in court on Tuesday," according to Kevin Lim of REUTERS. Businessman Eric Ding Si Yang, who once worked for the local New Paper tabloid as ...

Tags: International Football, Middle East

04/10/13
Names In The News

AC Milan striker MARIO BALOTELLI "has been suspended for the next three Serie A games after insulting an official in Milan's match against Fiorentina on Sunday." Balotelli "will miss Milan's crucial matches" against Napoli and Juventus as well as the visit of Catania ( AP, 4/9 ). ... South Afric ...

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