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Volume 10 No. 22


Buriram Int'l Circuit President Newin Chidchob said on Friday that Buriram "will become Southeast Asia’s motorsport hub in the near future," according to Kittipong Thongsombat of the BANGKOK POST. The 4.5km circuit, designed by Hermann Tilke of Germany, "is expected to be complete in August, two months before it hosts a Super GT Series event" from Oct. 4-5. In the build-up to the Super GT event, "there will be a four-day motorsport festival." BRIC "is Newin’s latest sporting project after his success in turning Buriram United into one of Thailand’s best football clubs." Newin: "It took us for years for Buriram United to be on the world football map. In the next three years, we will be on the world motorsport map." The Super GT event to be held at BRIC in October "is one of two races under a two-year contract." It "will be the only race outside Japan and the seventh and penultimate race of the season." MCOT HD30 "will be BRIC’s media partner" (BANGKOK POST, 3/22).

FIFA said on Friday that a financial impasse that has threatened to cause more delays at Sao Paulo's World Cup stadium "has been resolved," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The Itaquerao stadium, "being built by the Corinthians club, is due to open on April 15, nearly four months after the December 31 deadline set by FIFA although Brazilian media reports said this week it might not even be ready by then." There had been uncertainty over who would finance temporary installations such as media and VIP facilities, sponsors' tents and stadium screens, but FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said that "this had now been sorted out." Valcke: "The Corinthians arena is the purpose of a meeting on Monday, the financial issue has been solved and now we have to make sure (everything is ready) because we only have 80 days to implement everything we need" (REUTERS, 3/21).

The German Football Federation (DFB) "will move within Frankfurt and build a new performance center for €50M ($69M)," according to DIE WELT. DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach on Friday made it official as he put his signature on the DFB's "project of the century." He said, "We want to create something here, which is unique in the world." The federation "will build an academy on the site of the Frankfurt's horse racecourse by the end of '18." The project, which will have an estimated price tag of around €50M, "is expected to start in '17." The DFB will also leave its current headquarters in Frankfurt and move into a new building that will cost an additional €10M ($13.8M). German national Team Manager Oliver Bierhoff said, "It has to be our aspiration to continuously progress. We will not only get a new center for the national team, but a new home for all of football." He added, "It is a historically significant moment for German football" (DIE WELT, 3/21).

An inspection team "came away impressed with the UAE’s cricket venues" after a two-day visit ahead of next month’s staging of Indian Premier League games in the country, according to THE NATIONAL. The UAE "is to host 20 matches from the 2014 IPL season" from April 16-30 across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. The Board of Control for Cricket in India venue inspection team visited Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Cricket Stadium and the Dubai Int'l Cricket Stadium as well as the ICC Academy in Dubai "to assess the ground conditions, status of the pitch and practice facilities." The team "also inspected the facilities in place for the players, match officials and umpires, including the dressing rooms and medical arrangements." The next job for the inspection team "is the planning of training schedules for all eight teams participating in the IPL 2014, with sides expected to arrive in the UAE in the second week of April" (THE NATIONAL, 3/23).