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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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04/18/13
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Cricket South Africa unveiled "plans to build a Centre of Cricketing Excellence" at the current High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria's Sports Complex. Known as the CSA Centre of Excellence, this 30M rand ($3.29B) project was recently given the go-ahead and approval by the newly form ...

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04/17/13
London Marathon Forges Ahead

U.K. Sports Minister Hugh Robertson remains "absolutely confident" Sunday's London Marathon can be kept safe and that the annual race around the streets of the capital should go ahead to "show solidarity with Boston," according to Robin Scott-Elliot of the London INDEPENDENT. Robertson said, "T ...

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04/17/13
Q&A With 2014 World Cup LOC CEO

With only two months left until the opening whistle of the FIFA Confederations Cup, the world looks at Brazil to judge its performance during the dress rehearsal for next year's World Cup. 2014 World Cup Local Organizing Committee CEO RICARDO TRADE recently spoke with SBD Global about the atmosphe ...

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04/17/13
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Paralympian Oscar Pistorius "will not take part in this summer’s London Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium" because of fears his appearance would turn the event into a “media circus.” UK Athletics Chair Ed Warner said, "I don’t want to see the Sunday of the Anniversary ...

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04/16/13
Boston Bombing Prompts London Review

Two bombs "exploded in the packed streets near the finish line" of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring more than 80, according to Jimmy Golen of the AP. The two explosions "took place almost simultaneously" about 100 yards apart, "tearing limbs off numerous people, kn ...

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04/16/13
French Open Increases Prize Money

The winners of next month’s French Open will receive a record €1.5M ($2M) each, "while early-round losers will get the biggest raise as the clay-court tennis major responds to player demands for more equal distribution of prize money," according to Danielle Rossingh of BLOOMBERG. The Pari ...

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04/16/13
Bahrain Explosions Fuel Fears; Race A Go

A series of explosions in Bahrain "has raised security fears ahead of the kingdom’s premier international sporting event" -- this weekend's F1 Grand Prix motor race, according to Simeon Kerr of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The interior ministry said on Monday that "it would boost security after 'terro ...

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04/16/13
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The Australian golf tour "is set to add an additional big-money tournament to its schedule later this year." Talks "are nearing completion for Victoria to also host prestigious biennial World Cup of Golf tournament, in which players represent their country." Prize money for the World Cup could poten ...

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04/15/13
Rome To Host Italian Cup

The Italian Cup final will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Rome next month "even if it ends up as a local derby match," according to Terry Daley of REUTERS. There are fears that if Serie A clubs AS Roma and Lazio get through to the final on May 26 "there could be a repeat of the scenes that marr ...

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04/15/13
Korean Combat Sports In Good Shape

Despite losing money for three years straight and "a dearth of impact fighters," the Road Fighting Championship, Korea's largest Mixed Martial Arts organization, "is in good shape," according to Jung Min-ho of the KOREA TIMES. The Road FC finished its 11th event with its "biggest success ever at the ...

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