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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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04/22/13
Anniversary Games Tickets A Fast Sell

Tickets for this summer's two-day Anniversary Games athletics event at London's Olympic Stadium "sold out in 75 minutes amid complaints that the website could not cope with demand," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. On the day that the public accounts committee queried whether the ent ...

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04/22/13
No Incidents At Bahrain F1 Grand Prix

Protesters "blocked several roads and police fired teargas at a school in Bahrain on Sunday" as the Gulf state staged an F1 race "promoted by the government as pure sport but seen by the opposition as a public relations stunt," according to Alexander Dziadosz of REUTERS. Scores of police cars and a ...

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04/22/13
Event Notes

Officials said that the Pakistan Cricket Board is "confident and optimistic to get rights to host the 2018 World Cup." The PCB formally sumitted a bid to the Int'l Cricket Council ( XINHUA, 4/19 ). ... Israel has refused to grant permission to 26 runners from the Gaza Strip to travel to the West B ...

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04/19/13
Bahrain F1 Leaders Confident

FIA President Jean Todt has told pro-democracy protestors in Bahrain that the Bahrain Grand Prix "can have a healing effect on the divided nation," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. Todt, "who is not attending the event, replied by letter to representatives of democracy campaigners in al ...

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04/19/13
U.K. Steps Up London Marathon Security

U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Britain is "double, triple, quadruple checking" security arrangements for this weekend's London marathon after the tragic events in Boston this week, according to Sarah Young of REUTERS. Clegg said that "the images from Boston had been heartbreaking." He sa ...

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04/19/13
European Tour Event A Go In Korea

Golf's European Tour "is keeping a close eye on developments on the Korean peninsula" ahead of the Ballantine's Championship in Seoul, South Korea next week, but organizers said that "it will be business as usual," according to Tony Jimenez of REUTERS. There "has been hostility in the region for w ...

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04/19/13
Former Spain Footballers To Raise Money

Former Real Madrid and Juventus football players will play in the Heart Classic Match at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on June 9, according to MARCA. The purpose of the game is to raise funds for the Solidarity With Children campaign of the Spanish Red Cross. Several big names have already si ...

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04/19/13
Event Notes

Organizers said that Barcelona "will play a friendly" against a Malaysian XI at the 100,000 capacity Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The game is scheduled for Aug. 10 ( GULF NEWS, 4/18 ). ... Costa Rica wants to move a World Cup qualifying game against the U.S. "to cozy old Ricardo ...

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04/18/13
Bolt To Net $760K At Anniversary Games

Sprinter Usain Bolt will net £500,000 ($762,000) "for less than 20 seconds’ work" when he returns to the Olympic Stadium to compete in the Anniversary Games in July, according to Rick Broadbent of the LONDON TIMES. Bolt "has been confirmed as the star turn" at the Anniversary Games on J ...

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04/18/13
New U.S.-Based Tournament Planned

A new, eight-team football tournament called the Guinness Int'l Champions Cup will be held this summer in the U.S. The deal was announced by marketing group Relevent Sports and Fox Sports. Four of the teams announced as participants are Serie A clubs Inter Milan and Juventus, Major League Soccer L.A ...

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