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Volume 10 No. 25

Events and Attractions

The MotoGP race scheduled for Sept. 28 in Brasilia has "been canceled due to construction work at the Nelson Piquet circuit demanding more time than initially expected," according to the EFE. The Brasilia government arrived at the conclusion that "there will not be sufficient time to prepare to host a motorcycling race." The reason for the cancellation "is the difficulty of the work necessary to prepare the circuit to host international competitions." The Brasilia authorities said that they are "maintaining their intentions of hosting a Brazil Grand Prix in '15" (EFE, 1/29).

ARGENTINA APPROVED: The Termas de Río Hondo MotoGP circuit in Santiago del Estero, Argentina received approval from motorcycle governing body FIM to host the third round of this year's MotoGP World Championship in April. It will be the first MotoGP event held in Argentina since '99. With the circuit now fully approved, those working at the venue will look to complete work on the pit-lane area by the race weekend of April 25-27 (MotoGP).

The Int'l Cricket Council Board has approved the introduction of an Int'l Women’s Championship. This bilateral competition involving the top eight ranked women’s teams will determine qualification for the next Women’s World Cup. Competing countries will include Australia, West Indies, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, India and Pakistan, with promotion and relegation at the end of the first cycle. Each team will play the others in a series of matches between mid-'14 and the end of '16, with the top teams qualifying automatically for the ICC Women’s World Cup in '17. ICC CEO David Richardson said, "It guarantees a more regular and balanced program of meaningful ODI cricket for a broader group of nations than ever before" (ICC).

F1 cars "will return to the city's streets this year as part of an inaugural Adelaide Motorsport Festival." More than 150 rare, vintage and sports vehicles with an estimated value topping A$10M ($8.8M) "will feature in the 'museum in motion' in Victoria Park on April 13." Ten iconic F1 vehicles -- all from private collections from across Australia and the globe -- "are expected including the first Lotus produced for the 1957 season, a 1974 March and a 1985 Beatrice Lola Hart" (THE ADVERTISER, 1/29). ... The Eurocup game between Ukrainian side Khimik Yuzhne and German club Alba Berlin, which was scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed due to heavy snowstorms. Alba was unable to make it to Yuzhne in time to play the game because its fight was canceled. Alba was stuck in Kharkov, Ukraine, 650km away from Yuzhne. The game will be rescheduled, pending weather conditions (Eurocup Basketball). ... Extra tickets "will be made available for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games after the netball venue was switched." Early rounds "will still be played at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, but the final will now be played at the nearby Hydro." The Hydro "has capacity to hold an additional 4,000 people" (BBC, 1/28).