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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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World Test Championship To Be Shelved

The World Test Championship, which was to be held in England in the summer of '17, is "expected to be laid quietly to rest by the end of the month," according to Andy Wilson of the London GUARDIAN. It will be the second -- and probably last -- time that the idea of a playoff between the top teams in ...

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01/14/14
Danger Of Dakar Rally Creates Controversy

The Dakar Rally "brings action and drama, but also death," according to Adrián Michelena of CLARIN. Of 431 vehicles "participating this year, 202 have already been abandoned, which is almost double last year's total." There have been three deaths this year, "increasing the total in the last ...

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01/14/14
Event Notes

The NBA Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark, Arsenal CCO Tom Fox, and Red Bull Racing F1 Team Principal Christian Horner will participate in The Leaders Sport Breakfast, a discussion about the globalization of sports and the role played by owners, talent, and commercial partnerships ...

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01/13/14
Tony Hawk To Perform At Aussie F1 Race

Tony Hawk "will take entertainment to new heights" at this year's Australian F1 Grand Prix "with a giant vertical ramp to be built at Albert Part to showcase death-defying stunts," according to Peter Rolfe of NEWS LIMITED. Hawk "will bring a troupe of riders from around the world as well as Australi ...

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01/13/14
Grand Slam Injects $216M Into Economy

The Australian Open will inject more than A$240M ($216M) into Melbourne's local economy "as hundreds of thousands flock to Melbourne Park and millions more watch on television," according to Rolfe & Langmaid of the HERALD SUN. More than 600,000 fans "are expected to attend, with the competition ...

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01/13/14
Red Bull Ring Prepares For F1 Return

Construction work at the Red Bull Ring, which will host the Austrian F1 Grand Prix, "has been in full swing," according to Elisabeth Holzer of the KURIER. The work at the racetrack "is being conducted 24/7 in three shifts." Back when the racetrack was called Ö-Ring and A1-Ring, the circuit "had ...

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01/13/14
Deaths Overshadow Dakar Rally

Belgian motorcyclist Eric Palante and two other spectators "were killed during Friday's sixth leg of the Dakar Rally," according to the AP. Organizers said that they "went out looking for the 50-year-old Palante after he failed to finish the fifth stage, which most riders completed on Thursday, and ...

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01/10/14
Dubai Adds Boost To Ping Pong In China

The 2013 World Tour Grand Final of table tennis, which begins Thursday in Dubai, is "possibly the first visible benefit of Dubai sponsoring the Chinese national table tennis team," according to Jaydip Sengupta of XPRESS. The tournament, sponsored by Chinese carmakers Guangzhou Automobile Company, is ...

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01/10/14
Event Notes

The World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany is no longer part of the Int'l Federation for Equestrian Sports' (FEI) jumping Nations Cup series. Michael Mronz, general director of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH, the company responsible for the marketing activities of the CHIO Aachen, said the deci ...

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01/09/14
Jockey Club Adds Music To Line-Up

The sound of rock music is "becoming as big a part of a day out at Britain’s horseraces as the sound of galloping hooves," according to Roger Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The country’s Jockey Club, which operates 15 leading racecourses, "has set itself the ambition of becoming an out-an ...

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