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Vietnam Announces It Will Not Host 2019 Asian Games, Citing Lack Of Preparation

04 / 18 / 14

Vietnam "quit as host" of the 2019 Asian Games on Thursday, citing a "lack of preparedness and concerns that holding the multi-sport event would not prove financially viable," according to Nguyen Phuong Linh of REUTERS. Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung said that Vietnam was "suffering from the effects of ...

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Padang Could Host SEA Games Football

Singapore Sports Council CEO Lim Teck Yin said that when Singapore hosts the Southeast Asia Games next June, the "iconic Padang or the Marina Bay Floating Platform could host some of the competition's football matches," according to Sazali Abdul Aziz of THE NEW PAPER. Previously, it was known that t ...

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04/18/14
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FIBA on Wednesday announced the launch of the int'l tender process to identify the host nation for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup ( FIBA ). ... South Korea's "professional baseball and football games were subdued in response to the ferry disaster that left nine dead and 287 missing as of press t ...

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04/17/14
World Cup Eyes Transport Alternatives

Rio de Janeiro "is eyeing a new way to bring World Cup tourists to the city from the airport: hovercraft," according to David Biller of BLOOMBERG. Rio state’s Tourism Secretary Claudio Magnavita met with Transport Secretary Tatiana Vaz Carius on April 13 "and discussed the idea." The state "wo ...

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04/17/14
Final World Cup Tickets Phase Begins

The last ticket sales phase for the FIFA World Cup in Rio began Tuesday on FIFA.com, and “within four hours, 126,837 tickets had been sold,” according to Michelle Kaufman of the MIAMI HERALD. In all, 2.9 million tickets were “made available to fans, and 2.57 million had been sold&r ...

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04/17/14
UFC To Confirm Sport's Mexico Debut

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White will be in Mexico City on April 29 to "finally make an official announcement" of UFC's first fight to be held in Mexico, which is expected to take place in November at Mexico City Arena, according to Carlos Contreras Legaspi of LA AFICION. White vi ...

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04/17/14
IPL Arrives In Abu Dhabi

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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04/17/14
St. Petersburg To Lose Place On ATP Tour

Russian Tennis Federation VP Yevgeny Kafelnikov said that the St. Petersburg Open "is to lose its place on the ATP men’s tennis tour," according to R-SPORT. The indoor hard-court tournament, "usually held in September, has been an ATP event since 1995." It is an ATP 250 event, "the lowest rank ...

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04/17/14
Event Notes

In order to allow more member associations to be part of Asia’s flagship competition, the Asian Football Confederation exec committee "approved a proposal to increase the number of teams in the Asian Cup from the current 16 to 24" starting from the '19 edition ( KYODO, 4/16 ). ... The Irania ...

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04/16/14
French Open To Increase Prize Money

French Open singles champions will get a record €1.65M ($2.3M) each, "with first-week losers receiving the biggest raise as the tennis tournament responds to players’ demands for more even prize money," according to Danielle Rossingh of BLOOMBERG. The tournament "has lifted prize money f ...

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04/16/14
Commonwealth Games Medals Unveiled

With their "interlocking circles and elegant design," the medals for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow "lived up to the city’s stylish reputation when they were unveiled" Monday night, according to Shân Ross of the SCOTSMAN. The unveiling of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were r ...

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