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Michelin Says Tires Used In Formula E Could Hit Roads In Three To Five Years

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 01 / 15

Michelin’s involvement in Formula E is accelerating the implementation of new developments in road tires, according to a senior exec at the company. The technological aspect is one of three pillars Michelin looks at when entering a motorsports series, said Chris Baker, motorsports director at...

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10/28/14
Capello Angers Russian Legislators

Russia national football coach Fabio Capello "incurred the wrath of Russian legislators after declining an invitation to a State Duma session on Monday that was discussing the 2018 World Cup finals," according to Dmitriy Rogovitskiy of REUTERS. The 68-year-old Italian, "under fire already" over hi ...

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10/23/14
UEFA Mulls Discipline For Racism At Games

UEFA President Michel Platini "is mulling whether to allow only women and children into matches rather than completely closing stadiums as punishment for supporters' racist abuse," according to Rob Harris of the AP. The European body "could emulate rules introduced by Turkey's football association i ...

Tags: International Football, Russia

10/22/14
Russia 2018 CEO Dismisses Racism Issues

Russia 2018 World Cup CEO Alexei Sorokin "has laughed off suggestions that the country has a problem with racism, ahead of CSKA Moscow’s Champions League tie against Manchester City, which will be played behind closed doors because of fans’ alleged violence and use of racist banners," ac ...

Tags: Russia, International Football

10/21/14
IOC Demands Explanation From RTF Chief

Related story: Serena Williams Responds To Slur The IOC is demanding that Russian member Shamil Tarpischev "explain comments he made about Venus and Serena Williams earlier this month," according to Danielle Rossingh of BLOOMBERG. Tarpischev, also president of the Russia ...

Tags: Olympics, Russia

10/21/14
Russia's Luzhniki Ahead Of Schedule

FIFA has insisted that the £340M ($549M) reconstruction of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium -- the venue for the 2018 World Cup Final -- is "ahead of schedule" following an inspection visit of the venue on Monday, according to Mark Ogden of the London TELEGRAPH. FIFA's inspection team has "spen ...

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10/20/14
Serena Williams Responds To Slur

SERENA WILLIAMS "slammed" Russian Tennis Federation President SHAMIL TARPISHCHEV for using "extremely sexist, racist and bullying" comments after he described "her and sister VENUS as the 'Williams brothers,'" according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. The WTA "took swift action," fined Tarpish ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, Russia

10/20/14
Lokomotiv To Appeal RFS Decision

In a rare case when a dispute between a football club and a sacked coach over a payoff is taken to outside arbitration, Lokomotiv Moscow said it will appeal a decision by the Russian Football Union (RFS) that it has to pay €1.8M ($2.3M) to recently fired coach Leonid Kuchuk. "We disagree with [ ...

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10/17/14
FIFA Confident Zenit Arena Will Be Ready

FIFA has "no doubts" the Zenit Arena in St. Petersburg will be "completed in time" for the 2018 World Cup after an inspection on Thursday, according to the AFP.  After his team "toured the construction site of the 70,000-seat venue," FIFA Inspection Committee Head Christian Unger said, "There a ...

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10/16/14
Champagne Urges RFU To Combat Racism

FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne urged the Russian Football Union "to increase punishments for clubs whose fans are guilty of racism to help eradicate the problem before the 2018 World Cup finals there," according to Mike Collett of REUTERS. Champagne said that "he was pleased the RFU ha ...

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10/16/14
Russia Considering Reducing WC Budget

Russia 2018 World Cup CEO Alexei Sorokin said that Russia's budget for hosting the World Cup "may face a squeeze as the ruble's fall against the U.S. dollar makes imported construction materials more expensive," according to the AP. The ruble has fallen by "almost a third against the dollar since th ...

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