Newly elected São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad has promised that the city will not let the Brazilian Grand Prix move away from the Interlagos circuit, according to Bruno Gecys of IG. Haddad told reporters during Sunday's race the city was ready to make all the necessary investments. Haddad said, "The city hall has all the interest in making the investments. There is already a plan to start the talks on long-term renovations. The terms and volumes of the investments have to be compatible." The stay of the Interlagos circuit on the F1 calendar "depends on reforms to the track." Haddad has the intentions of making all the changes demanded. He added, "The city hall is interested in having a modern circuit, in equal conditions to other modern circuits around the world. And we know how much the teams and pilots enjoy Interlagos. Therefore, modernizing it and making it up-to-date is part of the work of the city hall." Haddad also revealed that he had already had discussions with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone (IG, 11/25).
Events and Attractions
A football tournament in Guangzhou, China kicked off on Sunday, "featuring former stars of China's top professional league in the '90s," then known as the Jia-A league, according to Qiu Quanlin of the CHINA DAILY. The tournament, sponsored by Guangdong Apollo Group, "attracted more than 6,000" football fans to Yuexiushan Stadium. Former Chinese national team coach Gao Hongbao said, "I don't care about the result. The most important thing is that we, as old soccer players, have come here and to play in a tournament that will help promote a better soccer environment." Tournament organizer Peng Weiguo said that the event will be held annually "beginning next year." Peng said, "By organizing such a tournament we believe that more young people will start playing soccer. Chinese soccer will have a bright future only when a growing number of children get involved in soccer in the near future" (CHINA DAILY, 11/26).
The Int'l Association of Athletics Federations has confirmed Guiyang, China as host of the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and Cali, Colombia as host of the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships. The two cities were sole bidders. Competition dates have not yet been officially announced (IAAF). ... The KB Pro-Am Basketball Championship will debut Wednesday with 10 Korean Basketball League teams taking on seven college squads. The winner will claim "bragging rights as the country's best team." The event was created by the KBL to "maintain fan interest during its midseason break, while providing playing time to more of the professionals and valuable experience to the college players" (KOREA JOONGANG DAILY, 11/27).