The Council for East and Central Africa FAs (Cecafa) has "confirmed that the troubled Darfur region in western Sudan will host the 2013 Cecafa Club Championships in June," according to Andrew Jackson Oryada of the BBC. The football body said that "Democratic Republic of Congo side St. Eloi Lupopo will take part in the event." Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye "is in Darfur inspecting facilities and has reported that the region is 90% ready to host the event, but for only two of the three groups." Musonye: "Two football stadiums in Al Fashir -- Al Nuggaa [capacity 15,000] and Al Fashir [45,000]" are ready. He added that "the hosting of the tournament had been switched from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to Sudan because Ethiopia was not ready to stage the event" (BBC, 4/29).
The Int'l Tennis Federation has "rejected Pakistan's appeal against the awarding of its Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group II tie to New Zealand," according to Amlan Chakraborty of REUTERS. Designated host Pakistan was disqualified from last month's Davis Cup tie and played in Myanmar because of security concerns after referee Ashita Ajigala ruled that the grass court in Yangon "had become unplayable and dangerous." The Pakistan Tennis Federation "appealed against the ruling," but the ITF's Davis Cup Committee upheld the Sri Lankan referee's decision at a meeting on Tuesday. The ITF said in a statement, "It was the view of the Committee that the Pakistan Tennis Federation did not organize the tie to the required standards, notably with regard to the quality of the two available courts" (REUTERS, 5/1).
ITF SEEKING NEW VENUE: The PHNOM PENH POST's H.S. Manjunath reported the ITF is aiming at September dates for Asia Oceania Group III and IV Davis Cup events. The ITF is, however, "open to the idea" of a prospective host willingly organizing them much earlier. The ITF is still on the lookout "for an alternate venue and at this stage it is not clear whether both the events will be held the same week at the same place." In terms of rescheduling, the ITF will "work to find dates that are as player-friendly as possible and will take into account the professional calendar and other events marked in the region" (PHNOM PENH POST, 5/1).
There will "finally be the Rally of Prince of Asturias" this September, according to Pipo López of AS. Despite the organizers announcing last week that they had to cancel due to a lack of economic support, the 50th edition of one of the "most prestigious competitions in Spain" will be held. The support from city councils in Oviedo and Cangas del Narcea will provide enough funds to hold the race, which will take place Sept. 12-14 (AS, 5/1).
The Int'l Rugby Board Junior World Rugby Trophy, scheduled to start May 28 in Chile, has changed locations. Instead of being held in Antofagasta, the event has been moved to Temuco after Antofagasta Mayor Karen Rojo said that the tournament would not place at the newly inaugurated Calvo & Bascuñán Stadium. The IRB confirmed the move in a notice titled, "Temuco, New Site Of IRB JWRT." The IRB explained in the notice, "Temuco is a passionate rugby city and the event's organizers have confidence that it will host a spectacular and successful tournament, aiding the constant growth of this sport" (EMOL, 5/1). ... British Cycling Wednesday confirmed the Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) Track Cycling World Cup is coming to the U.K., with the opening round of the '13-14 season taking place in Manchester in November. The build-up to the event will feature a presale of tickets to British Cycling members. The previous Track World Cup in Glasgow sold out in a very short space of time (British Cycling).