F1 "could celebrate its return to Istanbul, Turkey as early as '13," according to Roman Wittemeier of MOTORSPORT TOTAL. Motorsports governing body FIA is hosting its annual general assembly from Monday-Friday at the European-Asian metropolis. There, FIA will adopt a final version of the '13 F1 calendar. It would be "the perfect occasion to announce F1's return to the Istanbul Park Circuit." The racetrack played host to seven F1 races between '05-11 and has since its last race changed ownership. The Intercity Auto Rental Company has become the new owner of the circuit. Company Owner Vural Ak is confident that F1 will soon return to Istanbul. He said, "I've personally known [F1 CEO] Bernie Ecclestone for several years. He promised to reduce his demand of $26M per year. The government would contribute $13.5M, and I would use $5M of my private money, with the result that we could pay about $20M a year." Ecclestone said, "We will discus this issue with the appropriate people. We very much would like to return to Turkey" (MOTORSPORT TOTAL, 11/30).
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Asian mixed martial arts promotion companies ONE Fighting Championship and Glory Sports International "have announced an agreement on a fighter exchange program," according to Dan Riley of the PHNOM PENH POST. The "internationally recognised organisations have entered into a mutually beneficial exclusive partnership, signifying another turning point for the combat sport in the region." The agreement will see GSI MMA fighters eligible to compete in Asia at ONE FC events, while ONE FC fighters will be able to enter GSI events, which are currently held under the Japan-based DREAM brand. Exchanges are "expected to happen with immediate effect," with the program also covering the ONE FC network of other affiliate associations and gyms across the region (PHNOM PENH POST, 11/30).
Rome will be "the backdrop for a race in the new Formula E world championship in '14. The series is being "backed by McLaren, which is supplying cars powered exclusively by electric energy" (AFP, 12/1). ... IMG has confirmed that next year's Perth Int'l golf tournament will return to Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Western Australia from Oct. 17-20 (PGA).