Commonwealth Games bosses "won’t pay a penny to get superstar Usain Bolt to run at Glasgow 2014," according to Gary Ralston of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Bolt has said that "he would love to race here and complete his medal collection." Games execs hope "the fastest man in the world, who hasn’t run at the Commonwealth Games before, will take part for the glory without any cash incentive." Glasgow 2014 Chair Robert Smith said, "We will speak to the Jamaican federation and they will speak to him about coming. But we don’t write checks for these sort of things" (DAILY RECORD, 7/24).
Events and Attractions
A "custom-made arena" erected at the foot of Dubai skyscraper Burj Khalifa is "just one of several possible venues being explored to host" an IBF championship bout between welterweight champion Devon Alexander and Amir Khan, according to Gary Meenaghan of THE NATIONAL. While no deal "is yet in place," talks are at an "advanced stage and potential venues have been discussed." L.A.-based Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said, "There are different ways to go about it. It could be an existing venue such as the cricket ground, or it could be something spectacular that will utilize some outdoor places in Dubai to show the beautiful skyline" (THE NATIONAL, 7/23). In a separate piece, Meenaghan reported Schaefer "is determined to strike a multi-year deal with Dubai and has made his top priority securing for the emirate the rights to the IBF welterweight championship bout." Schaefer spent the past two days meeting with "high-level government officials." Schaefer said that "he is hopeful a deal can be agreed to host one major fight in the city each year, starting with a December 7 match between Alexander and Khan." Schaefer: "I am talking to the right people and these conversations are not just about a one-off fight, but a long-term relationship. For Golden Boy, this is not about coming here and trying to leave with a bunch of money and burning bridges. It's about building for the future" (THE NATIONAL, 7/23).
Rule changes "originally scheduled to be implemented" in '14 will be in effect at Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary. One of the "new rules in place will be a speed limit in the pits of 80 kmh instead of 100 kmh." The rule is a response to an incident in which a cameraman was injured during the German Grand Prix earlier in July (MARCA, 7/24). ... Organizers said that a U20 int'l football tournament "will be held in August," in Lubango, Angola with "teams like Angola, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe" (XINHUA, 7/24). ... National Olympic Committee of Cambodia officials on Sunday revealed that "talented, young sports reporters are to be recruited for the 17th Asian Games being held in Incheon, South Korea" from Sept. 19-Oct. 4 next year. While the NOCC "will facilitate the recruitment process, the Olympic Council of Asia is funding the drive and will make final judgment on applications" (PHNOM PENH POST, 7/24).