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Volume 6 No. 212

Events and Attractions

Indian Grand Prix organizers on Wednesday dismissed media speculation that they may not host an F1 race next year as "totally baseless and malicious," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Jaypee Sports Int'l spokesperson Askari Zaidi, "Our agreement with Formula One Management is to hold F1 races at Buddh International Circuit (BIC) till 2015, and we are fully committed to do that" (REUTERS, 6/19).

Lionel Messi and Neymar will lead a Messi and Friends vs. The Rest of the World friendly game between a group of int'l football stars at Lima, Peru's National Stadium on July 2. Neymar has confirmed that he will join the Rest of the World team. It will be the first on-field meeting between the two stars who will soon be Barcelona teammates following Neymar's signing with the La Liga side (EFE, 6/19). ... Federal Territories Chef de Mission for the 2013 Malaysian Sukma Games Datuk Hassim Ismail said that FT has submitted its bid to host the 2018 Sukma Games. As part of efforts to boost the bid, Hassim said that "a number of stadiums and sports complexes" would be built in Putrajaya, Malaysia for training and competition (THE STAR, 6/19).