Big Bash League side Sydney Thunder is "looking into bringing Big Bash League games to Canberra," according to Lee Gaskin of the CANBERRA TIMES. In an arrangement similar to the one Australian Football League side Greater Western Sydney has with the national capital, the Thunder "would move a Twenty20 fixture from the vast expanses of ANZ Stadium to a revamped Manuka Oval." The "earliest the switch would take place" is '14-15. State cricket governing body Cricket ACT's long-term goal is to "have its own team in the national Twenty20 competition, but admits that is unlikely until the end of the new broadcast deal." Cricket ACT Chair Ian McNamee believed "hosting the Thunder would be the first step in Canberra eventually getting its own team in the Big Bash League." McNamee said, "That [expansion] has been put on hold, 12 months ago it was a distinct possibility, at the moment it's in limbo" (CANBERRA TIMES, 9/6).
Events and Attractions
The Swiss Football Federation (SFV) "has decided on Basel as its host city for UEFA Euro 2020" (NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG, 9/5). ... The Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) announced it has granted three-year UCI World Tour licenses to three events: the Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands, the Tour de Flandres in Belgium and the Tour de Romandi in Switzerland (UCI). ... The Chinese FA announced on Thursday that China has withdrawn its bid to host the Asian Cup football tournament in '19. When the bidding started, 11 countries expressed their interest in hosting the event (XINHUA, 9/5). ... Kuwait will host its first World Squash Team Championship after being awarded the rights to hold the men's event in '15 by the World Squash Federation. The event will take place at the Late Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah Int'l Squash Complex from Dec. 12-18, 2015 (IANS, 9/5). ... The DX Max All India Tennis Association tournament is scheduled to begin Monday. The tournament, which carries overall prize money of Rs. 3.5 lakh ($5,300), "is one of the biggest in South India" (DECCAN HERALD, 9/5). ... The Dubai Sports Council will host the Fifth Congress of Int'l Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance for the Middle East from Sept. 20-21 (GULF NEWS, 9/5).