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Volume 7 No. 149

Events and Attractions

Argentine side River Plate "objected" to playing the postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors in Madrid, according to the BBC. The derby between the Buenos Aires clubs was twice postponed last weekend, following an attack on the Boca team bus by River Plate fans. The match was moved more than 6,000 miles away to the Bernabeu in Madrid and is due to be played on Dec. 9. But River Plate said it was "incomprehensible" to play it in Spain. The club said that moving the final of the Copa Libertadores to Spain "distorts the competition" and "denied unjustifiably" the spectators who attended the original match. It said, "Argentine football as a whole and the Argentine Football Association cannot and should not allow a handful of violent [fans] to impede the development of the Superclasico in our country" (BBC, 12/1).

Formula E is planning to race in Seoul from '20 after signing an agreement with local promoter JSM Holdings, according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said after signing the five-year agreement in Seoul, that South Korea was "an ideal venue." Agag said, "Korea is at the forefront of future-facing developments, leading the way with cutting-edge innovations and recognized as a global trend-setter in the automotive and technology sectors." Formula E said that Gwanghwamun Square and City Hall Square were identified as favorable venues, subject to approval from the local authorities and FIA (REUTERS, 11/30).

LINGERING PROMBLEMS: In Hong Kong, Nicolas Atkin reported the streets of Central Harbourfront will welcome Formula E's new "Batmobile" Gen2 cars for the season five Hong Kong E-Prix in march, but the 1.86km circuit "still has logistical problems." Agag said that a team came to Hong Kong earlier in the summer to see if an extra 100m "could be added to the track," which has 10 turns and two hairpins. Agag: "We were trying to extend it a bit, but I think it wasn't easy. It's not a problem for the moment, because the FIA are really keen on racing in Hong Kong." The track may eventually need more than an extra 100m. New FIA rules require circuit lengths of 2.4km for E-Prix races this season following manufacturers Nissan and BMW's entry into Formula E. More cars are "expected on the grid in future seasons," too. But like the Monaco GP in Formula 1, Hong Kong was "given special exemption" by FIA with the two tracks under 2km (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 11/30).

Punters across the U.K. lost millions on the shock draw between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. The split decision -- a 33/1 shot ahead of the fight -- "hit gamblers in the pocket" to the tune of an estimated £20M ($25.5M), an expected record high, "with only a fraction of the pre-fight money going on the draw" (London INDEPENDENT, 12/2).

Emirates Team New Zealand received eight new challenges for the America’s Cup, which it is due to defend in Auckland in '21, although "not all are expected to be accepted." There are three confirmed challengers looking to "wrest the coveted trophy" from the Kiwis, who won it from Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA in Bermuda in '17. Team NZ "did not name or identify any of the new entries" but said that "only one of them is immediately eligible to be accepted," while others are "likely to be invalid and not all are expected to make it through a vetting process," which will begin immediately (REUTERS, 11/30).

Royal Randwick will become the home of the two richest turf races in the world next October as Racing NSW "looks to extend the Sydney spring carnival with another multi-million-dollar event," which will be worth more the 2019 Melbourne Cup. The "audacious plan," which was approved by the Racing NSW board on Thursday, had been a "closely kept secret" but Australian Turf Club officials were formally told of the concept for the race on Friday and the details will be announced later this week (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 12/2).

Watford fans were given free food and drink at Saturday's EPL game at Leicester City after "displaying a banner dedicated to the club's late owner." The 1881 Movement raised £2,545 ($3,250) for two banners, one of which read: "Thank you Vichai for allowing us all to dream" (BBC, 12/1).