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2017 World Athletics Championships Host London Aims To Secure Sport's Legacy

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 01 / 15

The handover of the IAAF flag to London, venue of the next World Athletics Championships, "could be the start of the next big stage of securing a legacy for the sport after the London Olympics," according to Ron Lewis of the LONDON TIMES. London will follow Beijing as host of the world championships...

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AFL Freezes Finals Ticket Prices

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Qatar, Pakistan Closer To Agreement

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Dakar Rally To Bypass Peru

Dakar Rally organizers said on Monday that the annual South American off-road race "will be rerouted," according to Mitra Taj of REUTERS. Peru withdrew as a host due to forecasts for a strong El Niño weather pattern "which has caused floods and landslides there in the past." Peru "also c ...

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EPL Attendance Dips Below 95%

Three weeks into the Premier League season, the attendance figures have dipped below 95% average capacity for the first time, to 94.82%, according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Average capacity in Week 1 was 97.36%, dropping to 95.82% last week. More tickets were available in Week ...

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Bryant: Rugby Fans Being Ripped Off

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Russia Adds To World Cup Budget

The Russian government proposed a 2% increase to its budget for the 2018 World Cup on Monday, "reversing a trend of repeated cuts this year," according to the AP. A document written by the Sports Ministry envisages an increase of 12.5B rubles ($175M), taking the budget to 643.8B rubles ($9B). That d ...

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Russian GP Considering Night Race

Russian Grand Prix promoters "are close to making a final decision about whether or not to push ahead with plans for a night race in 2017," according to Jonathan Noble of MOTORSPORT. Sochi organizers "have been open from the start about their interest in turning the event into a night race." During ...

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Hawk-Eye To Focus On Foul Play At RWC

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AFL Richmond's Attendance Up 10,000

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Event Notes

China's eastern city of Hangzhou has submitted a bid to host the 2022 Asian Games, state media has reported. The Olympic Council of Asia "will pick the host city at a meeting next month." If Hangzhou wins, it would be the third time a Chinese city has hosted the regional games following Be ...

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