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Volume 6 No. 216

Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Football League CEO Andrew Demetriou is "adamant he will still be in charge for next year's draft as debate rages about his tenure at the top," according to Jon Ralph of the HERALD SUN. The AFL Commission "met in Brisbane on Monday and Tuesday," with club CEOs meeting with the league on Wednesday. Key issues including equalization and "revenue sharing, football department salary caps, Brisbane's farcical 2013" and the future of Int'l Rules are all on the agenda. But while AFL Commission Chair Mike Fitzpatrick said this year "Demetriou would get a tap on the shoulder if his leadership flagged, he is adamant he will last another year." Demetriou: "God, I hope so. Everyone keeps talking about this. Is there something I don't know? I don't have to come up for election." Demetriou stopped "short of endorsing a football departing cap on spending, but there is no doubt drastic measures will be introduced to restrict financial powerhouses." Demetriou said, "We don't like seeing wipe-outs. All of us want to go to a game which is close" (HERALD SUN, 11/20).

Changes announced by the US Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient include "no longer penalising players when ball movement can be detected only by enhanced technology, a rule that hit Tiger Woods in September," according to the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Golf's governing bodies "validated three other noteworthy changes, all of which will take effect" starting Jan. 1. Woods was "issued a two-stroke penalty at this year's US PGA playoff BMW Championship after his ball was deemed to have moved as he tried to clear loose impediments around it." The governing bodies said in a statement, "Where enhanced technological evidence shows that a ball has left its position and come to rest in another location, the ball will not be deemed to have moved if that movement was not reasonably discernible to the naked eye at the time." Other changes included "allowing players to access weather reports on portable telephones during rounds as a safety protection issue, illustrations to help clarify when a ball is to be considered embedded, and allowing a player to go forward up to about 50 yards without giving up the right to play a provisional ball" (SMH, 11/20).

The All India Tennis Association will not waive off "royalty" of around $40,000 on the Chennai Open unless the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association proves that "it was a loss-making venture and made it clear that constitutional provisions are binding on all members," according to the PTI. Snubbing the AITA, the TNTA got the government clearance for hosting one of the season-openers on the ATP tour on its own, "and has also refused to pay the royalty," which is 10% of the total prize money. The TNTA's view is that since it does not get any help and voting rights from the AITA for hosting the event starting Dec. 30, it will not pay the royalty, which it has been "paying all these years." When asked why the AITA insists on royalty when it is being done without its help, AITA Secretary General Bharat Oza said, "That is their view. They have to follow constitutional rules. It is a constitutional provision" (PTI, 11/20).

The official emblem of the FIFA U20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 was unveiled on Wednesday at Wellington Regional Stadium as 35,000 fans gathered for New Zealand’s World Cup qualifying match against Mexico (FIFA). ... Busy squabbling with Cricket South Africa over the length and duration of India's series against the home team, the Board of Control for Cricket in India "has forgotten to do the mandatory pre-tour recce of the country." With no time left before the start of the series, "the BCCI has decided not to undertake the exercise" (MUMBAI MIRROR, 11/20). ... Singapore's first batch of national athletes to be awarded the Sports Excellence scholarship were welcomed formally into the program on Wednesday afternoon, "receiving certificates from Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong at the Singapore Indoor Stadium" (STRAITS TIMES, 11/20). ... Hong Kong Cricket Association Chair Mike Walsh has attacked the Int'l Cricket Council's decision to restrict the number of associate members at next year's Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh, saying that it is "sad that the six best teams from the current qualifying tournament in the United Arab Emirates are not assured of a place in the main event." The ICC "reneged on its promise that the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next year would be a 16-team tournament" -- the 10 full members plus six qualifiers from the ongoing 16-team associate member tournament (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 11/19).