Governing body FIA wants to put "a green stamp" on motorsports by organizing the first race of electric powered Formula E cars in the fall of '12, according to Oliver Karthaus of DAILYGREEN. At the moment, FIA plans only one race in the fall of '12. However, more races are supposed to follow in '13. The following year Formula E will have its first championship. In comparison to regular F1 racing, Formula E will not have a laps limit, but rather a time limit of 15 to 20 minutes. The winner will be determined through a knock-out system. After each lap one car will be eliminated, which is "suppose to increase the excitement." FIA has almost no restrictions for the participating cars, simply a weight limit of 780 kilograms including driver. FIA provides teams with those liberties in order "to advance the technology of electric cars" (DAILYGREEN, 7/2).
Leagues and Governing Bodies
Sports governing bodies are "planning a new drive" to tackle the effects of irregular and corrupt betting ahead of the Olympics, according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. To battle an issue called "the biggest threat facing sport," an umbrella group representing 320 governing bodies will launch a website and code of practice to "encourage the introduction of tough new rules for competitors, establishing designated units to police their sport and educating athletes in how to avoid being corrupted by fixers." Among the governing bodies in the group are U.K. Athletics, the Football Association and British Rowing. The code of practice includes a six-step action plan. Those steps are: To ensure that sports have adequate rules and regulations; designate an official to deal with the issue, dedicate a integrity unit; create an extensive education program; create competition contracts that clearly specify the obligations of athletes and establish information-sharing agreements with bookmakers (GUARDIAN, 7/2).
Bradford Bulls rugby club Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle "announced 16 redundancies," according to the PA. CEO and BOD member Ryan Duckett along with head coach Mick Potter were amongst those sacked. Guilfoyle said, "This is an attempt to reduce our cash requirements." The Bulls went into administration "after the club's directors failed to raise the £1.2M ($1.9M)" needed to see them through the season. HM Revenue & Customs was poised to "issue a winding-up petition" due to the £300,000 ($470,300) owed by the team. Guilfoyle added: "In the month of July I will need around a quarter of a million pounds to keep the club going and I've got £20,000 ($31,350) maximum in the bank" (PA, 7/2). In London, Andy Wilson wrote Potter "voiced the suspicions of thousands in Bradford and beyond" when he questioned his dismissal from the city's "once-proud" Super League club. Potter: "There's something going on here. There's something not right about what's happening." Potter also said Guilfoyle, of the Leeds-based P&A Partnership, asked him to work without pay for the rest of the season. Potter: "That's impossible ... I felt embarrassed for the person who asked the question. I'm sure he's not working for nothing as an administrator" (GUARDIAN, 7/2).
Dominica Football Association President Patrick John has been banned from administration, after serving in his role for more than 16 years, according to CARIBBEAN360.com. He is banned for the remainder of his term, which was due to expire in '15. Media reports have said that the association of football clubs voted 24-7 "to place a total ban on its president." The ban comes after FIFA placed a two-year ban on John in Nov. '11 from all football activity and fined him 3,000 Swiss francs for taking part "in an alleged bribery plot." Others said to have been involved include former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam and former Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football President and sitting Minister Jack Warner (CARIBBEAN360.com, 7/2).
Horseracing "ushered in a new dawn" when Racing New South Wales' long-awaited prize money increases took effect, according to Craig Young of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Racing NSW CEO Peter V'landys said, "The battle has always been to make racing in this state viable and, in order to do that, prize money levels are the benchmarks because that determines the economic drivers for all the industry." Racing NSW pocketed about $100M from wagering operators following the race-fields legislation win. V'landy's added: "The bookies have continued to pay and we'll receive around $40M a year from them." The money has been used to "bolster prize money." The Racing NSW board is in the "final stages of implementing its strategic plan" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/2). Young also reported that "premier trainer" Chris Waller was a "huge fan" of the stakes money increase from $70,000 to $85,000. Waller said, "It is a massive kick for the industry. What other sport, business, in the current climate can increase returns by 22 percent in one hit?" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/2).