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Volume 10 No. 23

Events and Attractions

UEFA said on Friday that 32 countries have "shown interest in hosting matches at Euro 2020," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The tournament "will be staged at 13 cities around the continent." The candidate nations "must submit their full bid dossier by April when they must also choose their host city." UEFA said the countries were Armenia (Yerevan), Azerbaijan (Baku), Belarus (Minsk), Belgium (Brussels), Bulgaria (Sofia), Croatia (Zagreb), Czech Republic (Prague), Denmark (Copenhagen), England (London), Finland (Helsinki), France (Lyon), Macedonia (Skopje), Germany (Munich), Greece (Athens), Hungary (Budapest), Israel (Jerusalem), Italy (Rome or Milan), Kazakhstan (Astana), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Poland (Warsaw and Chorzow), Portugal (Lisbon or Porto), Ireland (Dublin), Romania (Bucharest), Russia (St Petersburg), Scotland (Glasgow), Serbia (Belgrade), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao or Valencia), Sweden (Solna), Switzerland (Basel), Turkey (Istanbul), Ukraine (Kiev or Donetsk) and Wales (Cardiff) (REUTERS, 9/20).

CITIES COULD CHANGE: The BBC reported the candidates "have the right to change their initial host city selection, but must submit their final choices" by April 25. The FA wants to host "either the 'finals' package -- which is the semi-finals and final -- at Wembley, or a 'standard' package of three group games and a knock out round match, while Scotland is keen on the latter." UEFA President Michel Platini has previously "stated his support for Istanbul to host the finals if the Turkish city lost out on hosting the 2020 Olympics, which it failed to get." UEFA will decide on Sept. 25, 2014, which cities will host games (BBC, 9/20).

Australian Grand Prix Chair Ron Walker is "on the cusp of a new deal to keep the Formula One race in Melbourne," according to Peter Rolfe of the HERALD SUN. The Napthine State Government sent Walker to Singapore on Wednesday to "accelerate talks on a new race contract" with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone -- "and get a better deal for Victorian taxpayers." Walker and Ecclestone "thrashed out the advanced stages of a deal in Singapore late this week, which will be put to the Government for approval." An F1 source said that "an offer was now on the table." The source said, "The deal is pretty much done, and will now go to the Cabinet for approval" (HERALD SUN, 9/21). AUTOSPORT's Jonathan Noble reported "New Jersey has won a temporary reprieve for inclusion on the 2014 Formula 1 calendar," with a June 1 slot set to be left open when motorsports governing body FIA "approves the provisional schedule next week." The race had been "absent from a draft schedule that was distributed to the teams ahead of the Italian Grand Prix" (AUTOSPORT, 9/21).

The sixth installment of the F1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix "has recorded the highest attendance since the inaugural 2008 race." Organizers revealed a total of 262,527 people visited the Marina Bay Street Circuit "over the three-day sell-out race weekend." In '08, crowd figures "were estimated at about 100,000 for the race, 300,000 visitors for the race weekend" (STRAITS TIMES, 9/22). ... The Int'l Motor Sports Association announced a 12-race schedule for the '14 debut season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The schedule will include a race at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in historic Bowmanville, Ontario on July 13 (IMSA). ... Two more gymnastic disciplines -- acrobatics and aerobics -- "will become a part of the first European Games," which will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan in '15 (XINHUA, 9/22).