Christchurch, New Zealand's chances of hosting World Cup cricket matches "moved a step closer" when a proposal to upgrade a section of a public park into an int'l-standard venue "were given the all clear" by a local court, according to Greg Stutchbury of REUTERS. The city's previous multi-sports venue, Lancaster Park, "was wrecked" by the Feb. 22, 2011 earthquake that "devastated the city and killed just under 200 people and local cricket authorities submitted plans for the development of a venue on Hagley Park, which borders the central city." The court, however, "placed several conditions on the use of the ground, including restrictions on the number of match days and removal of part of the lighting towers at the end of the cricket season." Canterbury Cricket "would also need to be granted a lease by the local council, although the World Cup fixtures would not be included as part of the match day restrictions." Canterbury Cricket CEO Lee Germon said in a statement, "This decision is positive not only for hosting Cricket World Cup but also for the sport of cricket and our city in future years" (REUTERS, 8/14).
Events and Attractions
Three weeks before a bout against Brian Vera scheduled for Sept. 7, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tweeted that their fight will be "postponed to Sept. 28 at the newly renamed StubHub Center outside L.A., which was formerly known as the Home Depot Center." The postponement is "due to a cut Chavez Jr. suffered above his eye while sparring" (LA AFICION, 8/13). ... The Int'l Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Wednesday that Torino, Italy will host the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Paralympic Winter Games Qualification Tournament from Oct. 20-26. It will be the sport's largest event prior to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, as it will give the Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and Sweden ice sledge hockey teams a chance to compete in Sochi (IPC). ... The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has extended the Dubai Sports World (DSW) event until Aug. 28, adding another week to use the facilities of the largest indoor sporting event in the region. The event has seen an "unprecedented number of participants and has been a major attraction for athletes of all skill levels during the hot summer months" (GULF NEWS, 8/14).