Asia

All ten cities hoping to stage the 2008 summer Olympics met yesterday?s deadline for replying to an international Olympic Committee questionnaire.

The NFL is planning to show Sunday afternoon football in the Netherlands, Austria and Singapore via the Internet starting this weekend.

The Jaguars of Tanjong Pagar United soccer club are set to become the Arsenal of Singapore.

The Singapore Sports Ministry has unveiled a budget of S$500 million over five years for sports, and outlined plans for a new complex that aims to turn Singapore into a hub for world-class sporting events.

EPSN Star Sports has appointed Mike Kerr to the newly created position of senior manager, integrated sales.

Almost every National Olympic Committee secretary has expressed satisfaction with the progress made at the two major sports complexes for December's Asian Games, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) secretary, Randhir Singh, reported.

A senior Asian Games official has said Afghanistan's Taleban administration should change its top sports official after criticising Thailand's ability to host next month's Games.

Pepsi-Cola International has launched the first TV commercial featuring English soccer giants Manchester United in Thailand - where there is a fanatical following for the Premiership winning team.

Facts about the FIFA vote to decide who stages the 2006 World Cup finals, which will take place on Thursday in Zurich.

Alexandru Siperco, veteran Romanian member of the IOC who persuaded Communist authorities to compete in the 1984 Los Angeles Games, died on Monday. He was 78.

Sports marketing heavyweights ISL have launched a new Tennis Division to handle the ATP Tour?s Super 9 tournaments and the ITF?s Fed Cup.

i-Cable, Hong Kong?s dominant cable operator, expect its subscribers to grow from 520,000 to 548,000 by the end of 2001 on the back of its acquisition of World Cup 2002 and the recently secured English FA Cup soccer.

AIM-listed sports media advisory firm Media Content is to open a new office in Hong Kong.

Asian Internet firm Chinadotcom Corp has formed an Internet sports content firm with news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP).

South Korean President Kim Dae-jung has said he hoped an International Olympic Committee initiative to host sports ties between North and South Korea would eventually lead to joint Korean teams for international competitions.

Sydney Lord Mayor Frank Sartor has said there was no need for the International Olympic Committee to investigate the city's bid for the 2000 Games but believed there should be greater scrutiny of the IOC itself.

CSI has signed a deal with German sports marketing agency SportA to represent, with immediate effect, its programming catalogue.

The Chinese government will welcome bids from international investors to take part in the design, construction and operation of competition venues for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing via a public bidding process.

Kazakhstan would be welcomed as the 52nd member association of UEFA if they went ahead with plans to quit the Asian confederation, officials said on Wednesday.

South Korea plans this week to discuss cultural and sports exchanges with North Korea - including sharing of some 2002 World Cup soccer matches.

The five cities bidding to host the 2008 Summer Olympics have all submitted their official candidature files ahead of the deadline, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday.

China will be too busy pursuing its bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games over the next few months and will likely leave Taiwan alone, Taiwan's Vice President Annette Lu said on Tuesday.

Reach for your mouse and your credit card - it's time for an Olympic flutter on the Internet.

The Chinese national volleyball association has decided to loosen its grip on China?s volleyball clubs by offering them the opportunity to run their own league matches.