Super League rugby club Bradford Bulls, which has been in administration for the last eight weeks, unveiled local businessman MARC GREEN as the club's new owner. Green "beat off competition from a London-based consortium" that included former Bradford player and CEO ABI EKOKU and MANDY KOUKASH, wife of Salford Chair MARWAN KOUKASH, "and fended off bids from the two local football clubs, Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue." Green, managing director of Leeds-based Safeguard Security Group, "has acquired the club having agreed a fee and terms with the administrator, which was later ratified by the sport's governing body, the Rugby Football League" (PA, 3/26). ... The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee on Wednesday "formally appointed six committee members in its first meeting to launch preparations for the competitions to be held in six years time." Toyota Motor Corp. chief AKIO TOYODA "was officially named VP" under President and former PM YOSHIRO MORI (KYODO, 3/26). ... Former Japanese internal affairs ministry man AKIRA SHIMAZU "was named secretary general of the 2019 Rugby World Cup organizing committee by its board on Tuesday." The 70-year-old Shimazu was the ministry’s administrative vice minister and "will be counted on to coordinate with the venues for the tournament that will be decided in March 2015" (KYODO, 3/25). ... Super League rugby side London Broncos CEO GUS MACKAY will leave the club. Mackay, who has been with the club for more than three years, "will depart at the end of the month." Mackay "presided over their all-important move to The Hive this year after they left The Stoop, which they had shared with rugby union side Harlequins for six years" (BBC, 3/26).
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