Australia's National Basketball League "is looking backwards to go forwards," according to David Sygall of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The league's "first real star," Cal Bruton, believes that the demerger of Basketball Australia and the NBL, to be finalized within days, "will let the league be free to drive its own destiny." Interim CEO Steve Dunn said at the season launch on Thursday that the plan "would include reviving a Brisbane team, exploring the idea of marquee players and better connecting with its past." However, Bruton said that a key change "should be reverting back to a winter competition, as it was throughout its greatest era" before moving to summer in '98 to avoid the football codes. Bruton: ''The way we jumped into a summer competition, we just ran away from everything. We should go back to winter. We need to bang heads with the big boys" (SMH, 9/20).
Leagues and Governing Bodies
For the first time in 20 years, the Chinese National Games finals "were free from doping scandals." All the urine and blood samples from the Aug. 31-Sept. 12 sports meet "were tested on Wednesday and no positive results were reported" (XINHUA, 9/18). ... The Pakistan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Ashraf Saleem, "has called for closer collaboration between his country and Nigeria," specifically in the development of field hockey in Nigeria and football in Pakistan (PAKISTAN TODAY, 9/19). ... Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan on Thursday "declared that he will contest for the top post in the upcoming Board elections in Chennai" on Sept. 29. He said, "I am going to stand (for re-election as president)." Srinivasan "is bidding to get re-elected as the president of the BCCI for the third year running under the Board's two plus one year tenure rule after having completed two years at the helm" (PTI, 9/19).