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Volume 6 No. 214

Events and Attractions

English professional boxer Carl Froch's "desire to stage his next world title fight" at one of his home city's main football venues seems to be moving "closer to reality," according to Neil Heath of the BBC. Championship club Nottingham Forest said it is "open-minded" about staging the Int'l Boxing Federation super-middleweight champion's next bout. Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn said it would be "very special" if a fight could take place at the City Ground or League One side Notts County's Meadow Lane home. County "tried to stage Froch's world title bout against Lucian Bute in May." However, because the ground "did not hold a boxing licence," Hearn decided that "he could not wait for permission to be granted." The Nottingham Arena was chosen instead. Notts County now has "permission to hold boxing matches at its stadium." A Nottingham Forest spokesperson said: "Carl has never made any secret of his desire to fight at The City Ground and, as a club, we are open-minded about the possibility of it happening one day" (BBC, 11/20). 

It "seems to be a done deal" that Thailand will soon host an F1 Grand Prix, but the "remaining question is where the race will take place," according to Dominik Sharaf of MOTORSPORT TOTAL. Red Bull Manager Michael de Santiesteban said, "There are two options for a night race: the Ratchadamnoen Avenue and Chiang Mai." Red Bull, the Austrian-based energy drink producer, "is co-initiator and financial backer of the Thailand race project." Another investor is brewery Singha. De Santiesteban said the Ratchadamnoen Avenue, located in the country's capital city, Bangkok, "is 'the better and more attractive' option in comparison to the university city in the county's north." De Santiesteban said, "The avenue would have to be closed for only a few days. The street is wide enough and has several nice corners. In addition, you don't have to invest to build a new racetrack." Another advantage of the city course is that the majority of the buildings along the Ratchadamnoen Avenue "are government and military owned, which would simplify preparations for the race" (MOTORSPORT TOTAL, 11/19). In Bangkok, Kittipong Thongsombat reported F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "has reportedly agreed to Thailand hosting a Grand Prix in '14, and a deal is expected to be signed by the end of the year." De Santiesteban said a race along Bangkok's Ratchadamnoen Avenue would be a very nice "because the route features landmarks such as the Grand Palace, Democracy Monument and Royal Plaza." He added, "People would be able to watch it from different locations" (BANGKOK POST, 11/20).

The Brazilian government "is spending €705.5M ($903M) to upgrade the security structure for the 2014 FIFA World Cup." The majority of the money, about €294M ($376.4M), "is used to upgrade and connect the 12 regional security centers in each of the 12 host cities as well as the two national centers in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia." In addition, the government "wants to increase training for security forces, check points along its boarders and streets as well as buying equipment." The country's army, navy and air force "will see investments of €266M ($340.5M)" (FINANCIAL TIMES DEUTSCHLAND, 11/20). ... Russian organizers of the 2018 World Cup "have formally proposed four stadiums to host the 2017 Confederations Cup." FIFA said that the local organizing committee "wants St. Petersburg to host the opening match and final of the eight-team tournament." The city also will stage a World Cup semifinal in '18. Moscow, Kazan and 2014 Winter Olympics host Sochi "will stage Confederations Cup matches." Spartak Stadium in Moscow is proposed for the tournament. The city's larger Luzhniki Stadium "will host the World Cup opener, a semifinal and the final" (AP, 11/20).

The Int'l Cricket Council has postponed the announcement of the tournament schedule for the ICC Women's World Cup India 2013 that was scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. A new date for the launch will be announced as soon as possible (ICC). ... Bulgaria and Italy have been awarded to host the men's 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship. The joint candidature eventually edged the competition that was brought by Finland and Estonia, and the championship will take place in five venues: Varna, Plovdiv and Sofia in Bulgaria plus Messina and Catania in Italy. The Netherlands and Belgium will be the hosts of the women's 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship. Venues of the event will be in Rotterdam (venue of the finals), Apeldoorn, Almere and Antwerp (CEV).