The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Sunday "rubbished the fresh claims that the 2011 India-Pakistan World Cup semifinal could have been fixed, saying such a suggestion was an insult to the Indian team, which had worked hard for the victory," according to the PTI. A British sports-betting journalist in his yet-to-be-launched book "has raised doubts that the match between the two arch-rivals may have been fixed." BCCI President N Srinivasan, however, "dismissed the claims." Srinivasan said, "I don't generally comment on such newspaper reports, but this is the farthest from the truth. And it is an insult to the Indian team, which worked hard to win." The journalist has written in his book that "he got a message from an Indian bookie, who predicted the trend and pattern of the match." The Int'l Cricket Council "had earlier rejected the allegation, which had surfaced shortly after the match" (PTI, 11/11).
Leagues and Governing Bodies
Starting in '14, FIA Formula E races "are supposed to be hosted on a regular basis, with an inaugural race at London's Olympic Park," according to MEIN-ELEKTROAUTO.com. London's Olympic Park is currently mentioned as a possible place to host the first-ever Formula E race, FIA's electric car version of F1, which is set to start in '14. Former U.K. Minister of Science and current Motorsport Industry Association President Paul Drayson suggested that the Olympic Park "would be a great place for Formula E races." The Formula E is supposed to be raced in the world's best-known cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Paris, N.Y., Miami, London, Berlin and many more (MEIN-ELEKTROAUTO.com, 11/8).
F1 team Williams Exec Dir Toto Wolff said that F1 has to "follow through on the decision to swap to smaller 1.6-litre turbo-charged V6 engines" in '14, according to PLANET-F1.com. Like F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, Wolff admitted he is not a fan of the smaller engines and would rather F1 have "opted to retain the current 2.4-litre V8 units." Wolff said, "My own personal view is that it should have never happened. It was agreed to make a new engine without having properly analysed how much that engine would cost in terms of development and in terms of research and running it later on." However, he conceded that now that millions have been spent by F1 engine manufacturers, the sport "has to go ahead with the change" (PLANET-F1.com, 11/11).
FIBA revealed at its Central Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that it will go ahead and implement a new format and calendar of competition beginning in '17. After being presented with the conclusions from the latest consultations with stakeholders -- including a study of the economic parameters carried out by external experts -- FIBA’s Central Board agreed to move ahead and to introduce a new format and calendar of competition. The key principles agreed for the new competition format and calendar for men from '17 are the following:
• After the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, the next edition will be moved to '19 (instead of '18) and will be played every four years from then on. A total of 32 teams (increased from 24) will participate in FIBA’s flagship event.
• The qualification period for the FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held over the course of two years and consist of six windows, which will be in November ('17), February, June, September, November ('18) and February ('19).
• Asia and Oceania will play in a combined Asia-Pacific region to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but universality will remain in place for the qualifying process to the Olympic Games.
• As of '17, the continental championships will take place every four years ('17, '21, '25) with a similar system of qualification as for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and which will come into action after FIBA’s flagship event in '19.
• The qualification for the 2020 Olympics will be through the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and four Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in four zones (FIBA).