Exclusive features, interviews and more

European club rugby union enters a new era this month with the launch of two competitions. But should organisers be concerned about their sparse sponsorship portfolios? Kevin Roberts reports.

Daily news summaries

Date: 
20 October 2014

The Chinese government has unveiled plans to develop the country’s sports industry and increase the sector’s annual output to 5tn yuan (€648bn/$813bn) by the year 2025, according to state news agency Xinhua.

  • Date: 
    20 October 2014

    South Africa’s Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has said the country is “not ready” to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if organisers opt to move the national team football tournament from Morocco due to the Ebola epidemic.

  • Date: 
    20 October 2014

    Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Culture and Sports has said the state will provide only a third of the budget for Almaty’s staging of the 2022 winter Olympic Games, should the city defeat Beijing to land the hosting rights.

  • Date: 
    20 October 2014

    Golf’s Asian Tour is set to add a third new tournament to its calendar for 2015 with an event in Thailand co-sanctioned by the European Tour slated for February.

  • Date: 
    20 October 2014

    Internet provider MyRepublic has reached an agreement with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) to serve as title sponsor for the national team’s forthcoming northern hemisphere tour.

  • Date: 
    20 October 2014

    The Scottish Rugby governing body has agreed a one-year extension to its title sponsorship agreement with ticketing exchange Viagogo for Scotland’s autumn Test series.