Event Notes: Sticchi Damiani Says Italian GP's Future Not Secure
Automobile Club of Italy President Angelo Sticchi Damiani admitted the "future of the Italian grand prix is not secure." After a "period of uncertainty," the race is "firmly" on the '18 calendar. But Sticchi Damiani said, "If conditions do not change, we can no longer guarantee the future of the grand prix at Monza" (GMM, 1/22).
Boxer Anthony Joshua is ready to "spend the rest of his career without fighting in America." The IBF, IBO and WBA world heavyweight champion will defend his titles against New Zealander Joseph Parker, who holds the WBO belt, in Cardiff on March 31. Joshua said that he "does not need to tread the well-worn trail to Las Vegas," or any other major venue in the U.S., because the money he generates in the U.K. "dwarfs what is on offer" in the U.S. (THE SUN, 1/20).
The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League will be held from April 7-May 27, the IPL governing council announced on Monday. Mumbai will host the opening match and the final of the T20 tournament. The IPL governing council also decided to "shift the start of the matches," which in earlier editions were scheduled to begin at 4pm and 8pm (PTI, 1/22).
World Snooker announced the Beijing-based China Open will become only the second event on the tournament calendar to offer £1M ($1.4M) in prize money this season. The "bonanza is being put up" by joint-promoters Star Xing Pai and the Beijing Fuhua Culture Tourism Development Ltd. Co. as part of a new four-year deal. The "cash injection" means that the winner's check will be worth £225,000 ($314,600) at the April 1-8 event, "almost tripling what the victory was worth last season" (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 1/21).