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FIA Clears Ferrari, New Haas Team, Citing Ambiguities In Regulations

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 30 / 15

Ferrari and the new Haas team "have been cleared of breaking rules restricting research and development," according to Andrew Benson of the BBC. Mercedes had asked FIA for clarification on the rules governing aerodynamic testing and "other ways of sharing information." Their questions came...

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Television Crew Arrested In Qatar

A TV crew "was arrested, interrogated and had its equipment deleted and destroyed by Qatari authorities while filming a documentary about the 2022 World Cup," according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. A reporter, cameraman, camera assistant and driver "were denied permission" to leave the Gul ...

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Iran Reveals Plans To Build F1 Circuit

F1 could be set for another race in the Middle East should Iran's new plans to "lure the world championship by building a world-class circuit come to fruition," according to FOX SPORTS. The Iranian government has "announced plans" to construct an F1 circuit in Qeshm Island, a small island off t ...

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Abu Dhabi TV Launches New Channel

Abu Dhabi Media will "launch EDGE Sport HD, an all-action sports channel focused on extreme sports such as skateboarding, surfing and kiteboarding," according to THE NATIONAL. The channel, launched in collaboration with the global media and sports management group IMG, "will be the first English-la ...

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PFA: Palestine Wants Israel Out Of FIFA

Palestine FA President Jibril Rajoub said that Palestine "will seek Israel's expulsion" from FIFA at this month's FIFA Congress, according to Mike Collett of REUTERS. Last year, Rajoub agreed to drop a resolution urging delegates to take sanctions against Israel at FIFA's Congress in São Paul ...

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Qatar Reconsiders SportAccord Alliance

The Qatar Olympic Committee "is reconsidering its sponsorship of a major international sports convention following the blistering attack on the IOC by the head of the conference," according to the AP. SportAccord President Marius Vizer "criticized" the IOC and IOC President Thomas Bach. Vizer, whose ...

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Qatar Paid £17B To Host 2022 World Cup

New research has shown how much Qatar spent on deals -- "including legitimate trade deals" -- in the course of lobbying in the run-up to the '10 vote for the 2022 World Cup, according to Nick Harris of the London DAILY MAIL. Analysis suggests that Qatar spent £17.2B "directly and indirectly on ...

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Qatar Releases Al Rayyan Stadium Design

Qatar unveiled the design for its fifth World Cup stadium, "a 40,000-seater ground built in 'the gateway to the desert' and featuring air conditioning for the comfort of players and fans," according to Oliver Todd of the London DAILY MAIL. The Al Rayyan Stadium "is inspired by sand dunes" and its d ...

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Qatar F1 Race Hopes Remain Distant

Qatar's hopes of joining the F1 calendar in the near future "appear to have receded" after F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "indicated he was unlikely to add a third Middle Eastern race to the schedule just yet," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Ecclestone: "I think we've got enough here, don't you?" M ...

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UAE To Bid For 2021 Rugby League WC

The UAE "is planning an audacious bid to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup," according to the PA. UAE Rugby League President Sol Mokdad said that while the sport is in its infancy in the Middle East, the UAE government "is keen to boost the country’s international profile." Mokdad believes ...

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IFA Fights Palestinian Call For FIFA Ban

Israel FA Chair Ofer Eini and CEO Rotem Kamer "will head to Switzerland on Monday to meet with UEFA President Michel Platini," according to David Ben Shimol of YNETNEWS. Eini and Kamer's departure "comes after FIFA decided to accept the Palestinians' request to discuss the option of suspending Is ...

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