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Volume 6 No. 216

Leagues and Governing Bodies

Bayern Munich Exec Chair Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and German Football League (DFL) CEO Christian Seifert "have called for patience in the scheduling issue surrounding the 2022 Qatar World Cup," according to the SID. Rummenigge said, "I'd have sympathy for a winter World Cup, but a change in date would result in sustainable damage for the Bundesliga and all other European leagues." Seifert has called on FIFA to reduce the potential damage. He said, "The first one, who is responsible for making sure collateral damage stays a minimum, is FIFA. I would like to see an analysis. How warm was it in Brazil and how warm in 1994 in the U.S?" (SID, 9/2).

Premiership rugby side Bath Rugby Owner Bruce Craig said that "rugby union in England must not follow the football model, regardless of how much money comes into the game," according to Chris Jones of the BBC. Craig "is adamant they must continue to provide a wealth of home-grown players to serve the national side." Craig said, "One of the fundamental things in English rugby today is to make sure we have a very strong England national team as well as a very strong club culture." The high number of foreign players in football's Premier League "is perceived by some to have had a detrimental impact on the England team." Craig: "A huge amount of international players are coming into English football and you have repercussions. Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal -- they are all fabulous clubs, but they are almost international teams." In the Aviva Premiership, "clubs must average 15 England-qualified players" -- through birth, ancestry or residency -- in their match-day squad of 23 in order to continue to receive payments from the Rugby Football Union (BBC, 9/3).

The new American-based Haas F1 Team, which is gearing up to enter the sport in '16, has "signed a technical partnership with Ferrari to run the famous Italian marque’s full power unit from the outfit's debut season," according to James Galloway of SKY SPORTS. In a tie-up which has been widely expected for some time, "Gene Haas’s new Carolina-based operation will run Ferrari’s V6 turbo engine, energy-recovery systems, gearbox as well as receiving technical support when they join the grid from the season after next. Sauber and Marussia are the Italian outfit’s "existing customers." Haas said, “There is no team in Formula 1 more accomplished than Scuderia Ferrari, and no team with more history. They’ve been a part of Formula 1 from the beginning, and now they’ll be a part of Haas F1 Team’s beginning" (SKY SPORTS, 9/3).

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: AUTOSPORT reported Honda "is open to supplying customer teams in Formula 1 from 2016, after confirming its partnership with McLaren is exclusive for just one season." The Japanese manufacturer is returning to F1 for the first time since '08, "having been attracted back thanks to the introduction of the new turbo V6 engines." Honda Motorsport Chief Yasuhisa Arai said, "In 2016 or after, if some teams or partners ask us to supply them too, we will take a look at that situation. But even in 2016, McLaren will be our main partner in F1" (AUTOSPORT, 9/1).

National Rugby League CEO Dave Smith "told apprehensive club supremos that independent directors will not be forced upon them if they already have their houses in order, saying the competition's landmark governance reform would be implemented on a case-by-case basis," according to Chris Barrett of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Smith "met with club chairmen on Wednesday, tasked with trying to quell an increasing mood of discontent in club land towards League Central." Central to the concerns of club heavyweights "has been the belief that they would have to adopt a standardised directorship model based on what is being assembled at Wests Tigers, with three independents on a seven-member board." But Smith said that "teams would not be compelled to comply with a one-rule-fits-all policy." Smith said, "Every club is going to be different because every club is at a different stage of evolution. It's got different members, it's got a different junior structure" (SMH, 9/3).

The sale of V8 Supercars remaining team franchises "has taken a twist with the category reportedly bringing legal proceedings against Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport," according to SPEED. The former two-car team "slimmed down to one over the off-season," one of three operations to surrender a Racing Entitlements Contract to V8 Supercars. The sport’s management announced in June that "it was going to find buyers for the three available RECs, which guarantee a team a spot on the V8 grid, by putting them out to tender." It had been reported that LDM was threatening to put up a legal challenge to the tender process "as it tries to expand back to a two car effort for the 2015 season." A statement said, “The purported sale greatly inhibits the team’s planning and ability to field a two (2) car team for the 2015 V8 Supercar Championship, and LDM intends to vigorously defend the proceedings" (SPEED, 9/3).

The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, responsible for conducting the 2014 Tour de France anti-doping testing program on behalf of the Int'l Cycling Union (UCI), has announced that all anti-doping test results have been delivered and that no adverse analytical findings have been recorded. The CADF collected 719 blood and urine samples at this year’s Tour (CADF). ... With a ruling on the lawfulness of the Australian Football League side Essendon doping probe pending, an AFL commissioner -- and the AFL -- have "declined to confirm whether the league fulfilled its pledge to formally review the conduct of its own hierarchy through the ordeal." Former News Corp CEO Kim Williams, who joined the AFL Commission in February, "was asked at a Melbourne Press Club lunch on Wednesday for a progress report on the review" that was announced by former AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 9/3). ... The Australian Rugby Union is "holding a nationwide talent search for potential sevens players to represent the country when the sport makes its Olympic Games debut in Rio de Janeiro." The ARU on Wednesday "unveiled plans to discover the next generation of rugby sevens stars" when launching "Search for a Sevens Star" -- an initiative where "talent identification days" will be held on Oct. 26 in New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and Victoria (STUFF, 9/3).