- In response to Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited’s petition in the Madras High Court challenging the two-year ban from the IPL imposed by the Justice Lodha Committee, the BCCI has argued that the CSKL is not a legal entity, and hence it cannot file a case.
- “They said CSK is not a legal entity as such. It is the second respondent [India Cements] who participated in the proceedings before the Bombay High Court, the Supreme Court, the HPPC, and the DPC as owner of the franchisee CSK…. Though the writ petitioner was incorporated on December 19, 2014, it did not choose to appear before the Supreme Court,” the BCCI said in its counter-affidavit.
- The BCCI said the CSK’s challenge against the order of the committee appointed by the Supreme Court was not “maintainable” as it was a society under the Tamil Nadu Society Registration Act.
Hangzhou confirmed as host of 2022 Asian Games
- The Chinese city of Hangzhou has been confirmed as the host of the 2022 Asian Games after standing as the only candidate.
- The Olympic Council of Asia signed a contract with officials from the coastal city of almost 9 million people during meetings in Turkmenistan.
- “I know it’s the only candidate, but also it has achieved a lot of our goals,” OCA president Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah said.
- With Beijing also hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022, it will be a big year in sport for China, which also held the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010.
- The next Asian Games will be held in Indonesia in 2018. Originally, Hanoi, Vietnam had been due to hold the games in 2019, but it withdrew citing financial concerns.
- Indonesia stepped in to host the games in Jakarta and Palembang, moving the event forward a year to avoid a clash with national elections.
2024 Olympics bidding cities announced as Los Angeles, Hamburg, Paris, Rome and Budapest
- Los Angeles is in the running to host a third Olympic Games while Hamburg, Paris, Rome and Budapest will battle to bring the multi-sport extravaganza back to Europe after the five cities were officially named as candidates to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
- The International Olympic Committee (IOC), which will select the winning bid at its session in Peru in 2017, announced the final list of bidders after the deadline for submissions ended.
- “The IOC welcomes five outstanding cities to this strong competition,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a conference call.
- After a disappointing campaign for the 2022 Winter Games, where just two candidates – Kazakhstan’s Almaty and eventual winner Beijing – stayed in the race after four others pulled out due to financial concerns or a lack of public support, the IOC is keen to restore the image of the Olympics as a lucrative prospect.
- It adopted a series of reforms under the banner ‘Agenda 2020’ which were aimed at making it easier to bid for, and cheaper to host, the Olympics.
- Paris, which had a failed bid for the 2012 Olympics, is eager to stage its own centennial Games after hosting them for the second and last time in 1924.
- Rome, the 1960 hosts, had briefly campaigned for the 2020 Olympics before the government pulled the plug over budget concerns, while Budapest is seeking to join Russia as the only Eastern European countries to land the Summer Games.