Tire manufacturer Pirelli is set to turn its tires pink at the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix "to raise awareness for breast cancer," according to Ben Church of the London DAILY MAIL. The company will alter its ultrasoft tires from their "usual purple" color as part of an F1 initiative. The sport is planning a "host of gestures" in Austin this weekend to promote the Susan G. Komen breast cancer charity. The Italian tire company said that it is "fully behind the charity" and hopes it can "promote the message" over the weekend. In a statement, Pirelli said, "It's a symbol of solidarity and commitment, as well as a powerful reminder of the importance of the cause" (DAILY MAIL, 10/16). SKY SPORTS' James Galloway reported it will be the first time the ultrasoft will have been used at the Circuit of the Americas. The other two tire compounds in use in Austin, the supersoft and soft, will be painted in their "usual respective red and yellow" colors (SKY SPORTS, 10/16).
Events and Attractions
Argentina and Uruguay presented their joint bid to host the 2023 FIBA World Cup. At a presentation of the bid in Buenos Aires, Argentine Basketball Confederation President Federico Susbielles said, "We have presented to FIBA a serious, solid and sustainable project. We have a clear idea and the support of both governments" (CLARÍN, 10/12).
France is "hoping to break golf's elitist image in the country" when it hosts the Ryder Cup next year, France 2018 Ryder Cup Committee President Pascal Grizot said on Monday. The biennal competition between Europe and the U.S. will take place in France for the first time from September 28-30, 2018. Grizot: "It's a great honor, but also a lot of responsibility and the main reason we wanted to host this Ryder Cup is to break the elitist image golf sometimes still has in our country, and allow it to develop as it has in many of the world's countries" (REUTERS, 10/16).
Immigration New Zealand "will waive visa requirements to allow Peruvian football fans to visit New Zealand" for the World Cup playoff in Wellington next month. Peruvian media initially reported Peru fans would be unable to attend the match "due to New Zealand's visa process" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 10/16).
Jinjiang, China, on Sunday won the bid in Sardinia to host Gymnasiade 2020, an int'l multi-sport event for teens organized by the Int'l School Sport Federation (ISF). Jinjiang, in southeastern China's Fujian Province, "a melting pot of migrant workers," won the race to host Gymnasiade 2020 in a secret ballot of ISF exec committee members (XINHUA, 10/16).