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Volume 6 No. 217

Leagues and Governing Bodies

British Cycling has "called on the government to urgently improve safety measures" for cyclists on its "increasingly crowded roads" after two of U.K.'s most prominent names in the sport were involved in separate traffic accidents within 12 hours of each other, according to Brendan Gallagher of the London TELEGRAPH. Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins was released from the hospital Thursday after breaking a rib and finger in a collision with a car close to his Lancashire home Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Great Britain track coach Shane Sutton was involved in a separate incident Thursday morning on the A6 near Levenshulme in Manchester. Sutton suffered "severe bruising and bleeding on the brain" even though he was wearing a helmet and is "expected to spend the next couple days in the hospital." British Cycling issued a statement Thursday that read, "Cycling is not an intrinsically dangerous activity but there is much more to be done to improve conditions for cyclists on the roads. British Cycling is calling on the government to put cycling at the heart of transport policy to ensure that cycle safety is built into the design of all new roads, junctions and transport projects, rather than being an afterthought" (TELEGRAPH, 11/8).

A PLEA FOR SAFETY: In London, Jonathan McEvoy reported that British Cycling Dir Martin Gibbs believes that the government "should be doing more to prevent such incidents." Gibbs said: "These incidents do remind you that we've got a long way to go. We need to look to our cousins abroad and Copenhagen and see what they've done" (DAILY MAIL, 11/8). Cycling charity Sustrans member Joe Williams said, "This collision shines a light on the increasing number of cyclists being killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads (LONDON TIMES, 11/8).

The Olympic Council of Asia announced that Hanoi, Vietnam "has been chosen as the host city" for the 2019 Asian Games, according to Sudipto Ganguly of REUTERS. The city hosted the 2003 Southeast Asian Games and the 2009 Asian Indoor Games and has now "beat Indonesia's Surabaya for the right to stage the 18th edition of the event." OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah announced the decision at its general assembly in Macau, China "without revealing details of the voting." Vietnam's bid, however, "was not without controversy, with some questioning the expense of hosting Asia's largest multi-sport event in what is still a relatively poor country." Vietnam Olympic Committee Secretary General Hoang Vinh Giang said that it "hoped to put on the event for between $150M and $300M" (REUTERS, 11/8).

MIXED REACTION IN VIETNAM: The AFP wrote Hoang "expressed jubilation at the decision." He said: "We won! We won! We won! All our team is happy and pleased. All of Vietnam is happy for getting the Games." However, "reactions on the streets of Hanoi were mixed." A motorbike taxi driver said, "Maybe it will be good as it will help Vietnam to develop our sports more." A local sports fan said he is afraid the money spent on the Games will be a "huge waste" (AFP, 11/8). Hoang said: "This is just not about the Asian Games, it's about creating a new Hanoi. The infrastructure project has already been mapped out, and it will transform Hanoi into a modern city. We have already allocated 39 hectares for an athlete's village, which after the Games will be used for public housing" (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 11/8).

The Int'l Rugby Board insisted it was prepared to impose "significant sanctions" if it found examples of players being prevented from representing their country, according to the AFP. The organization also said that it would be "keeping a close eye on the issue" during this month's int'l matches in Europe. There have "long been concerns" players from the sport's financially poorer countries, particularly in the Pacific Islands, face economic "blackmail" by wealthy clubs in rugby's established nations. Under IRB rules, clubs are obliged to release players during periods designated for full internationals. But clubs have "tried to get round this by agreeing clauses in contracts with players from cash-strapped Pacific Island nations," which then make themselves unavailable for Test duty, as happened at last year's World Cup in New Zealand. With the 2015 World Cup in England "again overlapping with the European domestic season," the practice of clubs offering lucrative incentives to ignore Test calls could see clubs in Fiji, Tonga and Samoa "deprived of key players" (AFP, 11/8).

A German court on Wednesday "rejected Nike's request for an injunction to stop adidas from making and selling its lightweight Primeknit shoe in Germany," according to Allan Brettman of the Portland OREGONIAN. Nike "had been seeking an injunction against adidas, contending that adidas had infringed on a patent Nike obtained to protect its Flyknit shoe technology." Nike "has contended the Primeknit illegally infringes on Flyknit." In issuing its ruling, "the Nuremberg District Court followed through on what it said it would do two weeks ago when it heard arguments from Nike and adidas." Adidas spokesperson Katja Schreiber said, "We welcome the decision made by the court." Nike "had won an early round in the dispute, obtaining an injunction Aug. 28 and thwarting sales of Primeknit." Nike issued a written statement that read: "This is just one step in the process. We will continue to aggressively protect our intellectual property rights, including through the conclusion of this interim injunction proceeding as well as in a formal infringement case." The design of the Nike Flyknit and the adidas Primeknit "are remarkably similar." Schreiber said that adidas "will now seek to have Nike's German patent on its Flyknit technology cancelled" (OREGONIAN, 11/7). DIE WELT reported that "adidas introduced its 'adizero primeknit,' a one-piece knit upper running shoe, during the London Games." Nike saw this as a violation of its '02 patent that protects the process of melting yarn in the production in the Flyknit uppers, a shoe that it introduced in February (DIE WELT, 11/8).