Skipper John Bertrand and his former crewmates of Australia II "shared a lament about this year's cliffhanger battle for the Auld Mug in San Francisco," according to Rupert Guinness of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.
Bertrand "regretted the Australian presence this year was only as part of foreign crews, rather than in a united Australian campaign." Asked about the prospect of Australia returning to the America's Cup competition, Bertrand smiled and said, ''We have more Australians in these international foreign teams than any other nation in the world. So it's not a problem about the number of people involved, or the technology. It's really the cash. [Cup campaigns] are a hundred-million-dollar program. That's too expensive. They need to get that back.'' But Bertrand believes "the developments in this year's America's Cup format and its dramatic finale could entice a rich Australian businessman, as it has with American Larry Ellison who has bankrolled the Oracle campaign." Bertrand:
''I think there are multi-billionaires, entrepreneurs in this country who want to move from being a regional trader to a global trader. And the America's Cup can be the vehicle" (SMH, 9/26).
HOTEL PRICES: FAIRFAX NZ NEWS' Michael Daly reported some New Zealanders in San Francisco "have been caught out as they have stayed to see the America's Cup final play out." It is "not just Oracle's rapidly improving boat that has dragged out the final to a record 19th day to make life difficult," it is "also Larry Ellison's Oracle Open World convention." Some "room rates" have gone from $200 to almost $600 a night in the better hotels (FAIRFAX NZ NEWS, 9/25).
Premiership Rugby Deputy Chair Bruce Craig "has warned that Pro12 clubs face 'financial oblivion' if administrators try to thwart the Rugby Champions Cup," according to Tom Bradshaw of the BBC.
Craig "has been central to setting up an event intended to replace the Heineken Cup, which he claims is 'finished.'" Craig: "If the competition is not approved then that would have absolutely catastrophic implications for Celtic rugby. Celtic teams would be without significant revenues." Craig, who is chairman of Bath, "believes every Pro12 team is prepared to sign up to the new competition, but that they are being held back by their national governing bodies."
He "has warned the national unions from interfering," and also indicated that they and the Int'l Rugby Board "could face court action if they attempt to stop the Rugby Champions Cup" (BBC, 9/25). In London, Gavin Mairs reported "any hopes of Premiership Rugby attending final negotiations with European Rugby Cup next month to salvage the Heineken Cup appear to have been dashed." It is understood that Premiership Rugby CEO Mark McCafferty "wrote to his ERC counterpart Derek McGrath to confirm officially that representatives of the English clubs would not be attending the stakeholder meeting in Dublin on Oct. 23." Premiership Rugby confirmed on Sunday that "its new Anglo-French tournament, which is open to other European clubs to join, would be called the Rugby Champions’ Cup" (TELEGRAPH, 9/23).
The Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) announced that Switzerland, Andorra, France and the U.K. will also play host to the UCI World Championships in '14, '15 and '16 alongside the events previously awarded.
The UCI Management Committee, meeting in Florence, Italy, awarded events to the following host cities:
- 2014 UCI Cyclo-cross Masters World Championships will be held in Gossau, Switzerland;
- 2015 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships will be held in Vallnord, Andorra;
- 2016 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships will be held in Laissac, France; and
- 2016 UCI Track World Championships will be held in London (UCI).
The Int'l Basketball Federation will host its annual 3-on-3 U18 World Championships at Jakarta's National Monument starting Thursday, "making Indonesia the first Asian country to host the tournament" (JAKARTA GLOBE, 9/25). ... The F1 Indian Grand Prix will be held at the Buddha Int'l Circuit in Greater Noida between Oct. 25-27. The state government "cleared the proposal" of the JP Sports Int'l Limited late Tuesday (IANS, 9/25).