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Volume 6 No. 197

Events and Attractions

Boxing promotional firm Sauerland "has offered heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko a bout against cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck for €5M ($6.4M), according to the DPA. The Klitschko Management Group, however, "has rejected the offer." Sauerland revealed that German fashion company Gerry Weber would have helped to finance the bout. Klitschko and Huck were scheduled to fight at the Gerry-Weber-Stadium in Halle, Germany. Klitschko Manager Bernd Bönte said, "They could have offered €100M. We have an exclusive contract with RTL and will not fight somewhere else." Sauerland is contractually bound to ARD. Box Promoter Kalle Sauerland and Ralf Weber, son of Gerry Weber and junior CEO of the company, however, "will not give up." Sauerland said, "We are always open for personal talks to negotiate the conditions. The fight between Huck and Klitschko would be an absolute highlight. We will do everything imaginable to make this bout reality" (DPA, 11/1).

The Board of Control for Cricket in India "has confirmed that Pakistan will come to play a series in December and January, with the first Twenty20 int'l taking place in Bangalore" on Dec. 25, according to Will Davies of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement that the series, sponsored by Airtel, "will feature two T20s and three One-Day Int'ls." The Pakistan cricket team is due to arrive in India on Dec. 22 and leave on Jan. 7 (WSJ, 11/1).

ON MY WAY: REUTERS' Azad Majumder reported Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan said that Bangladesh has "provisionally committed to a tour of Pakistan at the end of the year depending on security arrangements and the results of discussions with the government." Hasan said, "It all depends on security and many other issues including the cost benefit. We have to see how the Bangladesh cricket team will be benefited by touring Pakistan." Bangladesh was scheduled to tour Pakistan in April for a short series, but it was canceled after a high court division bench ordered to suspend the visit "following a petition filed by a lawyer and a private university teacher" (REUTERS, 11/1).

Organizers have not yet determined the prices for 2014 Ryder Cup tickets, "but it is likely the 45,000 briefs up for grabs on each of the three match days at Gleneagles will cost in excess of £100 ($130) per day," according to Martin Dempster of the SCOTSMAN. Tickets for the match itself "will only be available via an online ballot," for which people are registering on the European Tour's website. Demand is "expected to go through the roof." The pricing structure "is expected to be similar to that at Celtic Manor, where Colin Montgomerie led Europe to victory in a rain-hit encounter in '10." Back in '10, it cost £100 on both Friday and Saturday, rising to £130 ($168) on Sunday. Ryder Cup officials "will still feel spectators will be getting value for money attending the third-biggest event on the sporting calendar." Ryder Cup Europe Match Dir Edward Kitson said, "Neither the pricing or when the tickets will go on sale has been determined yet. However, people wanting tickets can go on to the European Tour website and register." Introduced "after demand for tickets reached a record high for the '06 match at The K Club in Ireland, Kitson and his team felt the ballot worked well in Wales two years ago." Back in '06, "there were two ballots, the second of which closed toward the end of April." Also in '06, "practice-day tickets were offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with the same system likely to be in place again for the 40th staging of the event." Kitson added, "The attendance for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles will be 45,000 spectators plus working staff per day. That’s similar to Celtic Manor and Ireland as well" (SCOTSMAN, 11/1).

Arsenal will play a match in Jakarta, Indonesia during the summer of '13. The visit comes after two preseason tours in the region over the past two years. It will, however, be the first time the club has visited Indonesia since '83. The match will be organized and promoted in Indonesia in conjunction with Arsenal's partners: private broadcaster RCTI and Hong Kong-based football management company Pro Events (Arsenal). ... The 2012 Hong Kong Open Badminton Championship will be held at the Hong Kong Coliseum Nov. 20-25. As one leg of the Badminton World Federation World Superseries, prize money has been increased to $350,000, which will be "the highest prize for the event in history" (XINHUA, 10/30). ... Vietnam will host its first paragliding competition Nov. 16-18. The event will be held about 60km outside of Hanoi and is expected to "draw 30 pilots" from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam (XINHUA, 11/1).