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FIFA Urged To Back Garcia's Probe Into Voting For Qatar World Cup

04 / 24 / 14

FIFA's anti-corruption advisers said that the governing body's reputation "depends on resolving allegations about Qatar's selection as 2022 World Cup host," according to the AP. The expert panel chaired by Swiss law professor Mark Pieth "gave its full support on Wednesday to a FIFA investigation of ...

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04/22/13
No Incidents At Bahrain F1 Grand Prix

Protesters "blocked several roads and police fired teargas at a school in Bahrain on Sunday" as the Gulf state staged an F1 race "promoted by the government as pure sport but seen by the opposition as a public relations stunt," according to Alexander Dziadosz of REUTERS. Scores of police cars and a ...

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04/22/13
ITV News Crew Forced Out Of Bahrain

Members of an ITV News team were "forced to leave Bahrain" ahead of last weekend's "controversial Formula One race following a dispute with the authorities," according to Mark Sweney of the London GUARDIAN. Former BBC foreign correspondent and ITV journalist Rageh Omaar, an ITV News cameraman and pr ...

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04/19/13
Bahrain F1 Leaders Confident

FIA President Jean Todt has told pro-democracy protestors in Bahrain that the Bahrain Grand Prix "can have a healing effect on the divided nation," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. Todt, "who is not attending the event, replied by letter to representatives of democracy campaigners in al ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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