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Volume 10 No. 24

Events and Attractions

The Beijing Marathon, which has been held every year in October since ’81, was at the last minute postponed to Sunday. Beijing Marathon organizers did not announce on its official website the new date until early November, leaving many participants wondering when the event would be rescheduled. An adidas spokesperson said the race was postponed "due to congress meeting in China." Adidas Greater China VP/Marketing & Sport Performance Jens Meyer said although the race has been delayed, it is still expecting "tens of thousands of runners from China and throughout the world." Meyer added: "It is expected that this year’s event will bring a brand new experience to all participants for its substantial international exposure." Adidas has been an official partner of the race since it signed a sponsorship deal in '10 for five years. Organizers would not disclose financial terms of the deal. Gatorade, in a three-year partnership with the Beijing Marathon, is the official sports drink supplier. Despite the postponement, Gatorade will be served at 17 fueling stations with umbrellas and branded signage. Before the race, the company will provide nutrition and running advice on China's online social media site Weibo. A Gatorade spokesperson said, "We understand that any public event may be adjusted for a variety of reasons. The reschedule information was announced to sponsors in early September, and we look forward to being on course to support the runners fuel and hydration needs." The marathon route begins at Tian’anmen Square and ends at the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium.

Brasileiro club Náutico is "planning to host a friendly tournament in '13" to inaugurate its Arena Pernambuco, according to Rodolfo Gomes of MAQUINA DO ESPORTE. The club will play in its new stadium for at least the next 30 years and wants to inaugurate it with a friendly tournament featuring int'l competition. The "initial idea" is to promote a mini tournament with traditional clubs "that share red as their main color." Argeninian club River Plate and Spanish clubs Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao have "already been contacted." The "big difficulty" for the marketing team of the club will be to find a time where all teams can take part. The stadium "is only scheduled to be finished in April" (MAQUINA DO ESPORTE, 11/20).

The Local Organizing Committee revealed that four Russian cities -- Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan and the Black Sea resort of Sochi -- have been nominated to stage the 2017 Confederations Cup, according to Gennady Fyodorov of REUTERS. The eight-team tournament, scheduled to be played in June '17, will serve as a" "prelude to the World Cup to be hosted by the world's largest country for the first time the following year." The under-construction Gazprom-Arena in St. Petersburg is "set to stage the opening match and the final of the quadrennial event" (REUTERS, 11/20). INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL's Duncan Mackay reported organizers also proposed Moscow's Spartak stadium, Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium and Kazan's Central Stadium as the venues for the Confederations Cup. The Fisht Olympic Stadium will also stage the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 11/20).

UEFA would "consider asking England to be on standby" to host next summer’s U-21 European Championships if the Israel crisis escalates. If the worst case scenario develops, England "could end up staging the eight-nation competition in June as they lost out to Israel in the initial bidding process" (London DAILY MAIL, 11/20). ... Nine countries will be participating in the inaugural Twenty20 Blind Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held from Dec. 2-13 in Bangalore, India. The names of the players selected to compete was announced at the press conference on Wednesday. Apart from the hosts Australia, Bangladesh, England, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Nepal will be taking part in the tournament (PTI, 11/21). ... Organizers of the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships revealed that "they have already sold more than 100,000 tickets 11 weeks before the start of the championships." The most sought-after events "are the weekend races and the men's giant slalom." The ticket allocation for the men's downhill and slalom race is "already sold out" (KURIER, 11/20).