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Former Player Sachin Tendulkar Calls Reducing Teams In World Cup To 10 'Unfair'

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 03 / 05 / 15

Calling the Int'l Cricket Council's decision to reduce the number of teams in the 2019 World Cup "a backward step", former India captain Sachin Tendulkar said that "such a move is unfair to the Associate nations," according to the PTI. While the ICC "wants to curtail the number of teams participatin...

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Report: Russia Took Bribes

The agent for Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova said the runner paid the All-Russia Athletic Foundation €450,000 to avoid a doping suspension in ‘12, according to L’EQUIPE. The allegations arise from a deposition given to the IAAF from Shobukhova’s agent, Andreï B ...

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Hotel Chains To Double Russia Presence

Accounting firm Ernst & Young estimates that int'l hotel chains "will double their presence in Russia in the next few years" with rooms belonging to foreign companies set to rise to 61,000 by '20, according to Alexei Lossan of RUSSIA BEYOND THE HEADLINES. Only 50,000 rooms "are estimated to be r ...

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Samara To Spend $1.6B For Russia 2018

More details of infrastructure build and budgeted spends "are emerging for the 2018 World Cup in Russia," according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The Samara region is planning to spend more than 77B rubles ($1.6B) in its preparations. The stadium component of the cost is 13.4B rubles ( ...

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Nizhny Novgorod To Begin Construction

A government delegation led by Russian First Deputy PM Igor Shuvalov visited Nizhny Novgorod to check the pace of preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the city on the Volga River this week. The delegation inspected the site where the future 45,000-seat World Cup stadium will be built. Accordi ...

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Russia Keeping Stadium Budget Fixed

Russian First Deputy PM Igor Shuvalov has said that the "construction spend on stadia for the 2018 World Cup will remain fixed" at $6.4B -- the same figure that was set in '10, according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Shuvalov acknowledged that there were "cost issues at other stadiums" ...

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Bernstein Calls For 2018 WC Boycott

Former FA Chair David Bernstein said that Europe’s heavyweight nations "should pull out of the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia" unless FIFA undergoes drastic reforms, according to Mark Cue of the LONDON TIMES. The 71-year-old believes that the FA "must garner support" from within UEFA as FIF ...

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Russia Can't Afford To Pay National Coach

The Russian Football Union (FUR) has admitted that "it cannot afford to pay" coach Fabio Capello's £7M ($11M) salary, according to the BBC. The former England manager has not received any money since June and said earlier this month he was "getting close to the limit" of his patience. The It ...

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Russia Allocates Another $85M To WC

Russia's government announced a further 4B rubles ($85M) "increase in budget for the 2018 FIFA World Cup," according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The new funds "are earmarked for infrastructure and utilities projects." The money "will be allocated from the federal budget." Spending on ...

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Sochi Price Tag Deters Host Cities

One of the IOC’s main sponsors said that Russia’s record $51B spending on the Sochi Olympics and the expenses needed to bid for the games "is scaring away potential hosts," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. George Hamilton, outgoing VP of Olympic operations at Dow Chemical Co. , on ...

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Putin: World Cup Security To Be 'Effective'

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday security at the 2018 World Cup would be "effective but not intrusive," underlining to his security chiefs the need for subtle measures that will not scare off fans, according to Alexei Anishchuk of REUTERS. Putin "urged the security services to work t ...

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