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Volume 10 No. 22


London's Olympic Park "will host top-level professional boxing bouts" starting in September, "boosting efforts to ensure that Games venues remain a lasting part of the British sporting scene," according to Keith Weir of REUTERS. Boxing promoter Frank Warren "has signed an agreement to stage six fights" in the 7,000-seat Copper Box Arena, which was used for handball and modern pentathlon fencing during the 2012 Olympics. Warren: "The Copper Box is what all the investment in the Olympics was about -- legacy and giving London a fantastic arena." The London Legacy Development Corp. said that proceeds from putting on the fights "will be used to subsidise other sports such as swimming in the Olympic pool" (REUTERS, 6/10).

UEFA has "stepped in to help the Football Association of Ireland meet its debt repayments for the Aviva Stadium," according to Damian Spellman of the IRISH INDEPENDENT. The organization has confirmed that it has advanced a "solidarity payment," understood to amount to several million euro from its development fund, to the FAI. The agreement "was reached after a meeting" between UEFA Finance Dir Josef Koller and Danske Bank, the FAI's main creditor, at which CEO John Delaney was present. The FAI "declined to comment on the report" on Sunday (IRISH INDEPENDENT, 6/9). INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL's Andrew Warshaw wrote the venue "is Ireland's only UEFA elite stadium." Unlike its predecessor, which was for rugby use, "the stadium is controlled jointly by both the round and oval-ball game." The Aviva Group "signed a 10-year deal for naming rights" in '09 (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 6/10).