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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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UEFA "has announced that the qualifying draw for Euro 2016 will take place in Nice on Feb. 23." For the first time in UEFA European Championship history, "24 countries will contest the finals" ( WORLD FOOTBALL INSIDER, 12/16 ). ... Australian-born Croatia defender Josip Simunic "will miss the Worl ...

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12/17/13
V8 Supercars Takes Attendance Lead

V8 Supercars is "beating all the football codes when it comes to average attendances," according to James Phelps of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton has declared the "sport is the best it has even been." Thought by some to be a "minnow when up against the footballing gian ...

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12/17/13
Event Notes

The WTA Brussels Open "has folded after three years because it became too expensive to stage" ( AP, 12/12 ). ... La Liga side Granada offered up to 10,000 free tickets for the Copa del Rey tie against Alcorcón, hoping that it can fill its 23,000 capacity stadium, "to give the game a real cu ...

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12/16/13
Munich To Put On Action Sports Event

Munich's Olympic Park "will, together with Red Bull, put on its own action sports event including BMX, motocross and skateboarding after ESPN announced the X Games will not return to the park," according to Julian Galinski of ABENDZEITUNG MÜNCHEN. The news that the X Games "will not return to M ...

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12/16/13
Germany To Submit '22 Ryder Cup Bid

Germany "is starting a new attempt to host golf's Ryder Cup tournament," according to SPORT1. Germany "wants to host the '22 edition of the Ryder Cup after its attempt to host the event in '18, which will now take place near Paris, failed." The golf competition between Europe and the U.S. "is the th ...

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12/16/13
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Left-wing political party EH Bildu, which is based in the Basque Country region of Spain, "has said that it is opposed to Bilbao possibly serving as a host site for Euro 2020." EH Bildu Secretary General Pello Urizar said, "We do not have anything to do with the Spanish national team." Urizar adde ...

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12/13/13
Toyota Enters Team In 2014 Dakar Rally

Toyota "has entered a team in the 2014 Dakar Rally," according to KYODO. The team plans to run a Toyota Land Cruiser 200 SUV in the "roughly 5,500-km off-road race that runs through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile from Jan. 4 to 18." The Land Cruiser will "run on biodiesel made from used cooking oil," ...

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12/13/13
V8 Rolls On Despite Holden Withdrawal

Speculation that "Holden's decision to stop making cars at the end of 2017 will take the V8 out of V8 Supercars is flawed," according to Mark Fogarty of THE AGE. Not only "is there no plan for the series to drop the V8 tag once production of V8 Commodore road cars ceases, little more than a year aft ...

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12/13/13
Auckland Nines To Become Box-Office Hit

National Rugby League CEO Dave Smith Thursday revealed the Auckland Nines "are on target to become the biggest box-office smash in the history of rugby league across the Tasman, and Cronulla is among a clutch of struggling clubs that want a piece of the action," according to Brent Read of THE AUSTRA ...

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12/13/13
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The proposed Manly-Canberra National Rugby League clash in China next year "faces the scrap heap unless it is given the green light by early next week." An agreement between all parties "must be reached by Wednesday, and if it doesn't proceed there is no scope for it to be revived in future" ( CANB ...

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