Luxembourg

European Union sports ministers are encouraging member states to promote sport in education, a concept they plan to finalise after consultations at EU level.

The Luxembourg Presidency and the European Commission are increasing the pressure on soccer’s world governing body FIFA to fall into line with world anti-doping requirements.

Alain Krzentowski has become the new managing director of Sportfive replacing Jean-Claude Darmon (pictured).

Archive sports network ESPN Classic Sport is branching out even further by rolling out a new English-language channel in over 50 European countries.

London is hoping to bring the start of the 2006 Tour de France cycling race to its streets.

ESPN has signed a number of major new European TV deals for the Indy Racing League, just prior to its calendar highlight, the Indianapolis 500 this weekend.

The Canadian city of Quebec is to approach the organisers of the Tour de France with regard to hosting the first three stages of the renowned cycling race in 2008.

German sports brand adidas has brought together its UK and Benelux operations under one management team to form adidas Area North.

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships enters its second week, the IAAF announces new circuit venues at its council meeting, GPWC Holding, the newly-formed group of Formula One motor manufacturers continues discussions at Silverstone and the Tour de France begins in Luxembourg.

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships enters its second week, the IAAF announces new circuit venues at its council meeting, GPWC Holding, the newly-formed group of Formula One motor manufacturers continues discussions at Silverstone and the Tour de France begins in Luxembourg.

ESPN Classic Sport - the archive pay-TV sports channel which launched in France on 4 March of this year - is rolling out into Italy as part of its planned expansion strategy across Europe.

ESPN Classic Sport - the archive pay-TV sports channel which launched in France on 4 March of this year - is rolling out into Italy as part of its planned expansion strategy across Europe.

The UEFA Executive Committee has voted to approve the introduction of a new club licensing system for European competitions from 2004/2005.

Platini, who had a glittering playing career leading France to victory in the 1984 European Championships and also later managed the side, is hoping to gain a seat on both bodies during elections at the UEFA Congress in Stockholm on April 25.

Southern African Investments Limited (SAIL), the sports brand management company, has acquired Vodacom Sport and Entertainment (VSE), the sponsorship and event management arm of Vodacom, the South African telecommunications group.

SFX Sports Group has appointed former PSV Eindhoven soccer executive Chiel Dekker manager for the Benelux region.

Details of the route for the 2002 Tour de France have been leaked to the French media – more than a week before it is officially announced.