German Touring Car Championship (DTM) Chair Hans-Werner Aufrecht said that the racing series "will return to China in the upcoming season," according to the SID. Aufrecht: "We have to cater to the wishes of the manufacturers that want to race in emerging markets." The DTM has established a logistics concept that "allows us to travel abroad at a low cost." It "has not been decided where the race will take place over the next five years." The talks "focus on the highly populated South Chinese province Guangdong and Shanghai, which hosted the DTM in '04 and '10 as well as the annual F1 grand prix" (SID, 7/29).
Events and Attractions
The Int'l Paralympic Committee and the London Marathon Ltd. announced a four-year contract extension for the IPC Marathon World Cup. The move will see the world's best marathon para-athletes continue to compete in the Virgin Money London Marathon until at least '17, following a debut this April in London, when more than 70 para-athletes covering a range of impairment groups -- visually impaired, arm and leg amputees and wheelchair racers -- took to the streets of the British capital in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators. The four-year contract, the latest addition to an ever-growing program, includes the recent World Championships in Lyon, France, seven IPC Athletics Grand Prix events in Europe, Asia and the Americas and the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games at London's Olympic Stadium (IPC).
Before Barcelona begins its preseason tour of Asia in August, the entire club, including Lionel Messi and Neymar, will visit Palestine and Israel for youth clinics where the players will promote a message of peace. Barcelona's "Peace Tour," which the club "is funding itself," will make stops in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (EFE, 7/27). ... Goa, India FA VP Lavinio Rebello "has put his weight behind the proposed IMG-Reliance initiative of starting a new league and claimed that football will get a much needed helping hand in the state and country." Rebello: "If the IMG-Reliance tournament becomes a reality with Goa as one of the venues, it will boost the game and at the same time provide a break to the I-League players" (GOAL INDIA, 7/29). ... National Rugby League CEO Dave Smith "has revealed the NRL will listen to fans" and work toward dropping ticket prices for games. Smith also admitted "he would 'pressure' clubs to slash food and beverage prices inside grounds." Smith: "We should always have affordable pricing across the spectrum" (Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH, 7/30).