League Notes: Santos Laguna Exec Open To Joint Liga MX-MLS League
Liga MX club presidents are "looking north" to the U.S. and are not discounting a combined North American league "at some point in the future." Santos Laguna President Alejandro Irarragorri said, "For me, the similarities that Mexico has with the north [U.S.] are greater than towards the south and I'm a loyal believer that we should consolidate our alliance with the MLS and make a really strong league (ESPN.com, 2/21).
Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle said that RA is "embarking on a mission to lure new participants to the code" through a program embedded in clubs across the country. A "Get into Rugby Club" youth program will be launched on Thursday with the long-term goal of increasing participation across sevens and XVs (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 2/21).
Breakdancing was proposed for inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. It is among four sports that organizers will propose to the IOC, as well as surfing, climbing and skateboarding, which will all debut at Tokyo 2020. Squash "campaigned unsuccessfully" for inclusion in the Paris Games, as did billiard sports and chess. The IOC will "consider the proposal and must reach a decision" by Dec. '20 (BBC, 2/21).