ESPN has hired MADELINE TAN as director of advertising sales and sponsorship for ESPN Asia/Pacific. Tan brings 20 years of experience to the role, where she will be responsible for managing multi-platform advertising and sponsorship sales across ESPN's brands in the Asia Pacific region. Tan will also help develop ESPN's advertising to support growth in the region. She will be based in Singapore after previously working with SingTel as director of advertising sales for SingTel's Group Digital Life unit (ESPN). ... The IOC has appointed LINDSAY GLASSCO as int'l cooperation and development director and LANA HADDAD as CFO. Glassco is currently president and CEO of Special Olympics Canada, overseeing the organization's Canadian operations. Haddad joins the IOC from Procter & Gamble, where she currently serves as exec director of finance analysis and capability building for Europe, Middle East and Africa (IOC).
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TODD WOODBRIDGE "is no longer a contender for Tennis Australia's vacant high performance director's role." Woodbridge has "moved into a new media/ambassadorial/spokesman's position within the organisation." Woodbridge was "one of three internal candidates for the high-performance post," alongside SCOTT DRAPER, who oversees the 16-and-unders, and sports scientist MACHAR REID. Commentator and coach WALLY MASUR "is believed to have declined an approach" (THE AGE, 11/22). ... Saudi Arabia distance runner MOHAMED SHAWEEN "has been given a three-year ban for violating anti-doping regulations." The Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee said in a statement that abnormalities "were detected in his biological passport." It also said that distance runner HUSSAIN AL-HAMDAH "was banned for two and a half years for the same offence" (REUTERS, 11/21).
READY TO WALK: Sunderland Manager GUSTAVO POYET has threatened to walk away from the club if new players are forced on him by Dir of Football ROBERTO DE FANTI (LONDON TIMES, 11/22). ... West Bromwich Albion are set to open talks with head coach STEVE CLARKE on an extension of his contract (LONDON TIMES, 11/22). ... Chinese Basketball Association club Jilin Northeast Tigers announced on Wednesday it will part with head coach ZIVKO LJUBOJEVIC for healthy reasons. WANG HAN "was named new coach of the Tigers" (XINHUA, 11/20). ... The All India Football Federation on Wednesday "extended the contract" of national team head coach WIM KOEVERMANS by four months through October (PTI, 11/20). ... The LIONEL MESSI Foundation, in collaboration with Messi's hometown of Rosario, Argentina, has "launched a 'Noboy Wins' campaign to combat violence at Argentine football stadiums" (AS, 11/21). ... The sports memorabilia community "is abuzz this week" after one of JESSE OWENS' Gold Medals from the 1936 Berlin Games "was put up for auction, with the iconic item" predicted to fetch more than $1M (EUROSPORT, 11/21).
London Times' KEVIN EASON
: "São Paulo and a special visit today at Morumbi Cemetery #BrazilianGP" (see picture)
London GUARDIAN's OWEN GIBSON: "Adidas deal a good example of why Blatter feels so secure despite endless negative headlines - no matter what, the cash keeps rolling in..."
REUTERS' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "#Adidas and @FIFAcom extend partnership to 2030. Now that's what I call a long-term deal."
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