The Indonesian government’s plan "to host the Islamic Solidarity Games in Jakarta is now in doubt after it opted to revisit an earlier decision to move the event to the capital from Pekanbaru in Riau," according to the JAKARTA GLOBE. Less than a month ago, the Youth & Sports Ministry "announced plans to move the games to Jakarta due to Riau’s lack of preparation." But a ministerial visit to Pekanbaru prompted consideration of a plan to return the Sept. 22 to Oct. 1 global sporting event to the Sumatran city. People’s Welfare Coordinating Minister Agung Laksono and Youth & Sports Minister Roy Suryo "surveyed the preparations in Riau." They inspected several venues, including the troubled Riau main stadium, where the games were to take place. Riau Governor Rusli Zainal, who also serves as chairman of the Games’ local organizing committee, said that "the main stadium was no longer a major obstacle." Rusli’s explanation convinced Agung that Pekanbaru "was still capable of hosting the games." Agung said, "From what I understand, there is no major problem on the venues’ preparation. They just need a few renovations, but it depends on the youth and sports minister" (JAKARTA GLOBE, 5/14).
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Roger Federer will visit Chile, Argentina and Colombia for exhibitions in December. Argentinian producer Imagen Deportiva "will be in charge of the sporting event" (EMOL, 5/15). ... Barcelona confirmed Wednesday that the club will begin its '13-14 preseason campaign "with a friendly in Poland on July 20." Barcelona will follow that game with contests in Germany against Bayern Munich on July 24 and in Oslo, Norway on July 27 against Valarenga. Club spokesperson Toni Freixa said the opponent and venue for the July 20 game will "only be announced in the coming days" (FOOTBALL ESPAÑA, 5/15). ... The incoming host of year-ending WTA Championships from next year, Singapore, could probably generate incremental tourism receipts of about S$15M ($12.1M) each year (XINHUA, 5/13).