Team New Zealand Managing Dir Grant Dalton confirmed cyclors "will play no part in the next America's Cup," according to the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. The Kiwi team's "radical pedal-powered innovation" was one of the key factors in Team NZ's "stunning" win in Bermuda this year, but it appears bikes on boats are "set to be consigned to a quirky footnote in the annals of America's Cup history." Team NZ will announce its plans for the 36th America's Cup next week, "but the full design rules will not be released" until Nov. 30. However, Dalton indicated the rules would not "allow for cyclors." When asked if it would be "goodbye to the sailing cyclists," Dalton said that "grinders are coming back." The cyclors were "one of a handful of factors" that gave Team NZ a "healthy speed advantage" over Team USA in Bermuda. The cycling innovation "was a response to a unique set of challenges posed by the design rules for the power-thirsty and undermanned America's Cup Class catamarans." One of the criticisms of the "spectacular high-tech catamarans was that of the six crew on board, three were there to provide the grunt alone, leaving no room for the traditional sailing roles such as bowmen and trimmers." Since "getting their hands on the Auld Mug in June," Team NZ, with challenger of record Luna Rossa, "made no secret of their intention to return to some of the more traditional elements of the America's Cup" (NZ HERALD, 9/19).
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The head of the Olympic Council of Asia "dashed hopes" that athletes from Oceania nations, including Australia and New Zealand, might be able to compete in the Asian Games from '22, according to Nick Mulvenney of REUTERS. Athletes from the two countries took part in the Asian Winter Games as "guests" in Sapporo, Japan, earlier this year and the Australian Olympic Committee said that talks "were being held about extending the invitation to the summer versions." Nineteen Oceania nations are represented for the first time at the ongoing Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan but OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said that "the Asian Games was already too big." He said, "With the Asian Games, we are already at 15,000 athletes and officials and we cannot add to that number. In the Beach Games and Indoor Games we can continue to have our coordination and cooperation, but for the Asian Games the number is very high and we cannot have an Olympic Village with more than 15,000 people" (REUTERS, 9/18).
The PGA Tour said on Monday that it will implement a "more comprehensive gambling policy" from '18 to monitor global betting markets for any irregular activity. Betting by players on PGA Tour events is already prohibited but the new Integrity Program will "extend to virtually anyone related to tournaments." As part of the policy, the PGA Tour partnered with sports integrity services firm Genius Sports, which will track real-time betting activity and identify "potentially suspicious patterns" (REUTERS, 9/18).
The NBA "will work with the South Sumatra administration to give coaching workshops to improve the skills of local basketball coaches and physical education teachers in the region" on Sept. 29 as part of the NBA's int'l community development program known as Jr. NBA. The workshops will "cater to more than 2,000 teachers, coaches and youth in South Sumatra and will focus on technical knowledge, endurance training and conditioning" (JAKARTA GLOBE, 9/19).