Hong Kong's first internationally sanctioned motor race, the Formula E, "is back on track for next year" with Hong Kong Automobile Association President Lawrence Yu Kam-kee confident a revamped and modified circuit plan will be accepted" by the FIA, according to Alvin Sallay of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The city was dumped from the inaugural season "after the proposed circuit in Central failed to meet the approval of the world auto sports governing body." Yu said, "We have now come up with a new plan for the circuit, one which has been modified and will make it easier to be accepted by the FIA." The most contentious part of the circuit, a 10-meter stretch, "which dips under a small tunnel, has been bypassed." Yu said that technical officials from Formula E "have given the thumbs up to the adapted plan." If the plan is approved by the FIA, "it will mean removing a number of islands along Lung Wo Road before race day as well as a number of traffic lights." Yu: "It is probably a blessing in disguise that we were rejected by the FIA this year. If they had approved our circuit this time, I don't think we would have had sufficient time to work with the various government departments" (SCMP, 4/9).
Events and Attractions
India's Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry will host a sports festival called India Sports in November at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. The event will have the following activities:
• India sports expo -- an int'l exhibition on sports goods, fitness equipment, sports apparel and shoes;
• India sports turf -- an int'l conference on the sports sector;
• Buyer-seller meet -- organized by the sports goods export promotion council, Ministry of Commerce;
• India Sports Cup 2014 -- a sports tournament to be organized;
• India sports fashion show -- a fashion show to be organized for the sports apparel to be organized either at exhibition venue or at the networking dinner in the evening for exhibitors, buyers;
• Product launch forum -- where exhibitors can launch their products at the product launch forum at the exhibition (FICCI).
Indian Premier League tickets with a face value of Dh80 ($20) are being sold for as much as Dh1,500 ($400) "through a website in the UAE," according to N.D. Prashant of GULF NEWS. An official from the Department of Economic Development warned that such scalping of tickets is illegal as opportunists look "to make a buck out of the popularity of the competition." The official said, "We regularly monitor websites to check the illegal sale of tickets, especially when it comes to sports events, but we urge the public to also notify us as if they come across any such advertisements." Cashing in on the huge demand for tickets, "some people have put advertisements online with hugely inflated price tags." South Panoramic East tickets worth Dh80 at the Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium "for the opening match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders" are being sold for Dh1,500 (GULF NEWS, 4/9).
The U.S. men's national basketball team will play exhibition games against Brazil, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Slovenia while holding training camps in Las Vegas, Chicago, N.Y. and Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) (NBA). ... The "best of UAE rugby" will take to the field at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi on Friday and at Dubai Sports City on April 18 "to mark the launch of the Bill McLaren Foundation’s Challenge Cup in the Arab world." The challenge matches are "at the heart of a three-tiered sporting series that champions the sporting ethos personified by Bill McLaren, the world-renowned ‘voice of rugby’" (GULF NEWS, 4/9).