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Volume 6 No. 212


Premiership rugby side Harlequins announced plans to build a state-of-the-art Centre for Rugby in conjunction with the University of Surrey, according to the London EVENING STANDARD. The £1M ($1.5M) development at Surrey Sports Park near Guildford "will start immediately and will house medical, video and statistical analysis suites." Quins CEO David Ellis said, "This development represents a major investment by the club, and we are grateful to our owners and to the University of Surrey, in particular to the management of Surrey Sports Park, for making it possible" (EVENING STANDARD, 4/9).

Serbian first division side Vojvodina Novi Sad President Ratko Butorovic said that the club "will pull out of European competition next season unless local authorities in the northern city improve stadium facilities," according to Zoran Milosavljevic of REUTERS. Vojvodina is third in the league, seven points behind champions and leaders Partizan, and will qualify for at least the Europa League preliminary rounds if it holds its current position or wins the cup, where it holds a 1-0 semifinal first-leg advantage over OFK Belgrade. Butorovic said, "We will be able to play only one home game if we finish third in the league and none if we win the cup because our dilapidated stadium falls short of UEFA standards. The changing rooms, the anti-doping test room, the delegates' room and other facilities were deemed sub-standard by UEFA." Vojvodina's Karadjordje stadium holding 12,303 fans "has been partly refurbished in recent years when seats were added to all four tiers of the ground, but a wide range of facilities including a ramshackle press box have been left untouched" (REUTERS, 4/9).

Libya Sports Minister Abdussalam Guaila said that the country "plans to build a new 60,000 seater stadium" for the hosting of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final. A second stadium for the tournament, seating 23,000 spectators, "is planned for Misrata." Matches "would also be held in Benghazi" (REUTERS, 4/8). ... Rio de Janeiro's state government "has denied that the Maracana stadium will be shut for more redevelopment work following next year's FIFA World Cup." In a statement released on Monday, local officials said that "the stadium's current refurbishment would leave it ready for both the World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games" (XINHUA, 4/9).