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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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01/28/13
Israeli FC Fans Protest Muslim Players

The plans of Beitar Jerusalem, an Israeli football club "notorious for the anti-Arab chants of its fans," to recruit two Muslim players has led to fan protests in the stands, according to Ori Lewis of REUTERS. At a Israeli Premier League game on Saturday, Beitar supporters held a banner reading "Bei ...

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01/24/13
Pakistan Admits Warning May Affect PSL

Pakistan on Wednesday "tried to brush aside security worries over its first major Twenty20 league but admitted a warning from the international players association not to take part may have an impact," according to the AFP. Pakistan Super League adviser Haroon Lorgat insisted that the dire warnings ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Middle East

01/23/13
Eriksson Joins Al Nasr, Eyes Beckham

Swedish coach SVEN-GÖRAN ERIKSSON "will try to convince" former England captain DAVID BECKHAM to join him at UAE club Al Nasr after he signed an 18-month contract as a technical adviser, according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. When asked about the possibility of signing free agent Beckham ...

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01/23/13
Cricket Players Warned Over PSL Safety

Int'l cricketers "are being strongly advised to reject lucrative offers from Pakistan's new Twenty20 league because of security concerns," according to Sam Sheringham of the BBC. Organizers of the $100M Pakistan Super League said that they "have had interest from England, South Africa and Australia. ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Middle East

01/18/13
IOC Calls Meeting With POA, PSB

The IOC has summoned a meeting of representatives of the Pakistan Olympic Association and Pakistan Sports Board on Feb. 15 in Switzerland to discuss the "ongoing tussle between the two institutions and the present scenario of sports in Pakistan," according to PAKISTAN TODAY. POA President Syed Arif ...

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01/17/13
Women's Cricket World Cup To Relocate?

Pakistan Cricket Board Chair Zaka Ashraf has suggested moving the Women's World Cup from Mumbai, India to South Africa, following "simmering tensions on the Indo-Pak border,", according to the PTI. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has sought the Int'l Cricket Council's help "in taking a fin ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Middle East, India

01/16/13
Gulf Cup Wants FIFA Recognition

The Gulf Cup organizing committee "has backed an effort to get the event on the FIFA calendar during a meeting on the sidelines of the current competition" in Manama, Bahrain, according to Ashley Hammond of GULF NEWS. They "have accepted Oman’s proposal for a fixed schedule event to be held at ...

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01/15/13
ICC Can't Promise Security For Pakistan

A top official of the Int'l Cricket Council believes that it "is not in a position to convince cricketing nations to resume playing in Pakistan," according to the AP. Pakistan has not hosted any major test-playing nation since the '09 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus that killed six police officials ...

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01/11/13
Iraq To Host 2015 Gulf Cup

Iraq has revealed it is ready to host the 2015 Gulf Cup of Nations, with new facilities "almost ready for the first football tournament to be held in the country" since the U.S.-led invasion in '03, according to the GULF TIMES. The '13 tournament is currently being held in Manama, Bahrain but was in ...

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01/10/13
Longines To Sponsor Dubai World Cup

Luxury Swiss watch brand Longines "will sponsor the opening night of the eleven-programme Dubai World Cup Carnival, which gets underway on Thursday at the iconic Meydan racecourse," according to GULF NEWS. The seven-race card kicks off with the thoroughbred and purebred Arabian versions of the Al Ma ...

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