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Volume 6 No. 212

Leagues and Governing Bodies

In the wake of the spot-fixing scandal surrounding the Indian Premier League and Bangladesh Premier League, the Int'l Cricket Council "is doing whatever it can to minimise the risk of corruption during the Champions Trophy," which starts in the U.K. on Thursday, according to the PTI. Players "will have to surrender their mobile phones when they board the team coach to travel to matches," and ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit officials will monitor behavior around the hotels. Six of the eight teams taking part, including their support staff, "have been given an hour long presentation by ACSU officials on how to spot danger signs and raise concerns" (PTI, 6/5). The PTI also reported Madras High Court on Wednesday ordered an issue of notice to the state government and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association office-bearers, including TNCA President N. Srinivasan, "on a petition which alleged irregularities in TNCA and sought appropriate action." Special Pleader I. S. Inbadurai alleged that while the rules of  the Board of Control for Cricket in India did not permit its office-bearers to have any stake in cricket playing institutions, they were "amended" and "tailor made" to suit the needs of the TNCA chief, who is also the BCCI president (PTI, 6/5).

WANTED FOR QUESTIONING: The AFP reported police in New Delhi on Wednesday questioned the owner of an IPL cricket team "as part of a widening investigation into fixing in the domestic tournament." Investigators summoned Rajasthan Royals Owner Raj Kundra to seek information on three players from his team "who have been arrested over allegations of spot-fixing during the Twenty20 tournament" (AFP, 6/5).

I-League clubs "are up in arms" against the All India Football Federation, and have decided "not to release players for the new league that will be promoted by IMG-Reliance," according to IANS. The Indian Professional Football Clubs Association said that the clubs "will not release players nor sign any player, who has a contract with IMG-Reliance." IPFCA President Raj Gomes said, "We have unanimously decided that no club will release players on loan or otherwise any players for the IMG-Reliance tournament and will also not take any IMG-Reliance contracted players on loan or otherwise." Gomes also said that the clubs "would like to continue with the current home-away I-League format and Federation Cup" (IANS, 6/5).

The Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) "will begin testing the Hawk-Eye goal-line technology for two years" starting with the '13-14 season, according to SPORT1. The KNVB "decided to test the Hawk-Eye technology at its annual meeting." It also decided "to use two additional officials over the same time period." For the moment, the technology "will only be used at important games" such as the Dutch Supercup, KNVB Cup final as well as on the last gameday of the Eredivisie (SPORT1, 6/4).

The Swiss Super League "has for the second consecutive year set a new attandence record," according to BLICK. More than 2.1 million people "attended the league's games" during the '12-13 season. Exactly 2,163,354 million "attended the games, that's 178,299 million more than during the '11-12 season." If you take the attendance number "in relation to Switzerland's total population the Super League is the highest attended league in Europe." An average of 12,019 people attended the 180 games. FC Basel had the league's highest attendance with an average of 29,036 (BLICK, 6/5).

The "Organic Law for the protection of athletes' health and the fight against doping in sporting activity" project, now called the "Anti-Doping Law," Wednesday left the Spanish Senate for Congress, where it will be definitively approved and could take effect June 15, according to Jesús Minguez of AS. The bill left the Senate with 18 abstentions, 2 ballots marked invalid or left blank, and 215 votes in its favor (AS, 6/5).

Cambodian Baseball Federation officials said that baseball "has been resurrected" in Cambodia "from the ashes of its previous administration," according to Yeun Ponlok of the PHNOM PENH POST. Having "struggled for years to maintain its activities" under the presidency of U.S.-based Cambodian Baseball Federation Founder Joe Cook, the national team setup "has been switched from its original home" of Baribo ballpark in Kampong Chhnang province to a more modern facility at the Boeung Samrith resort in the Baray district of Kampong Thom province. Resort Owner and National Assembly member Nhem Thavy "has been elected as the new president of the Federation" (PHNOM PENH POST, 6/5).

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed that the league "will likely play as many as three regular-season games in London in the next few years with an eye -- despite the awkward logistics -- firmly on putting a team there full-time," according to Bart Hubbuch of the N.Y. POST. Goodell at a N.Y. University hospitality conference said, “Our thought is, it’s going to be London’s team.” He added, “The logistics we can work out because we only play once a week. We can deal with that. What we really want to understand is, can the market support a franchise long-term there? The more we see, the more we like it.” The ’13 season marks the “first year the NFL is playing two games in London, and both games sold out in minutes.” That seemingly “insatiable desire for NFL football has sparked the league’s increased interest in holding more games and potentially moving a team there.” Goodell said that the Jacksonville Jaguars, scheduled to play a home game in London for the next four years, would be the league’s “top candidate to play host to two games per year if the NFL goes to a three-game package, although it would be the Jaguars’ choice" (N.Y. POST, 6/4).

: In Jacksonville, Vito Stellino reported Goodell said, "If we go to three London games, what we'll likely do is ask Jacksonville [to] potentially play two or ask three different teams to host.'' It is "likely they will have to ask three different teams to host because the Jaguars have not indicated an interest in playing two." A Jaguars spokesperson said, "Our focus is on the one game per year that we are committed to play there the next four years. That's all we're thinking about.'' Goodell “apparently didn't consult the Jaguars before publicly mentioning the possibility of them playing a second game” (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 6/4).

The Italian Football Federation "has introduced new rules to combat racism, including an automatic 10-match ban and closing parts of the stadium." The Italian regulations are now in line "with the tough new UEFA sanctions imposed recently" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 6/4). ... The CA Institute has launched an inquiry against Reebok India’s former CFO Vishnu Bhagat "over his role in the alleged multi-crore fraud in the Indian unit of global sportswear major" (THE HINDU, 6/5). ... The Indian Professional Football Clubs Association "is moving towards organising its own tournament early next year." The intention is "to keep contracted players in shape with competitive action when there is no I-League during the period, and also generate revenue" (THE HINDU, 6/5). ... The Int'l Paralympic Committee will not take action against Dutch para-cyclist Monique van der Vorst, winner of two handcycling Silver Medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. Van der Vorst said she had experienced a "miraculous" recovery following an accident in '10. The IPC looked into her case to determine whether she had intentionally misrepresented her impairment during her Paralympic career (IPC).