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Volume 10 No. 25

Events and Attractions

Welsh Rugby Union CEO Roger Lewis said that "he wanted to avoid 'being greedy' when dropping ticket prices" for next year's Six Nations rugby tournament, according to ISPORTCONNECT. The WRU released a statement confirming that "the home games against Italy and Scotland would see a price drop, whilst the game against France would remain at the same price as this year's tournament." Lewis said, "It's a way of making sense for everyone. It's looking after the fans in the tough times and also not being greedy with one's yield, to ensure you get a full house, because everyone wants to play to a full Millennium Stadium." Lewis added: "My strategic imperative for next year is based upon a very tough economic environment in Wales and a desire to ensure that the fans remain engaged with the game at international level" (ISPORTCONNECT, 1/29).

Premiership rugby side Saracens said that its Heineken Cup quarterfinal game against Ulster on April 6 "will be played at Twickenham," according to Mike Dawes of the London DAILY MAIL. The club's new Allianz Park home, complete with its artificial playing surface, "had been mooted as a possible venue" (DAILY MAIL, 1/30). In London, Chris Jones reported to satisfy European Rugby Cup organizers, Saracens "needed a 15,000 capacity and that required temporary seating" as the Allianz Park holds 10,000 fans. However, this has "proved impossible to implement in the time available" (EVENING STANDARD, 1/30).

Southeast Asian Games host Myanmar has "decided to reinstate three sports" -- badminton, table tennis and field hockey. However, the Dec. 11-22 event "will not feature" gymnastics and tennis (THE STAR, 1/30). ... Salzburg Ski Association President Bartl Gensbichler confirmed that Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria "will bid to host the Int'l Ski Federation (FIS) World Ski Championships" in '21 or '23 (ORF, 1/29). ... The Avantha Masters golf tournament will be played at a new venue and on a different date in '13 when the fourth edition is held in Delhi, India. The March 14-17 event will be held at the Greg Norman-designed Jaypee Greens Golf Course in Greater Noida. The 7,347 yards, par 72 championship course is the only course in the country designed by two-time Major champion Norman (European Tour).