Round-Up: Australia rejects NZ Super Rugby proposal, IPL dates pencilled, CBA opens to spectators, and more

The Olympic countdown clock resumes service in the Shinjuku district, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Cassandre Bessin/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Rugby Australia said it will reject New Zealand Rugby’s proposal for a revamped Super Rugby competition, and is speaking to the rugby unions in Argentina and Japan about alternative models – Sydney Morning Herald

This year’s Indian Premier League is planned to belatedly start on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates, with the final on November 8, according to Indian media. The schedule is to be discussed by the IPL governing council next week – Times of India

The Chinese Basketball Association will from Sunday admit spectators to games being played in Qingdao, one of its two hubs for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. Its official online ticketing platform is reopening, and spectators will only be issued tickets if they can produce a virus test certificate issued in the previous 48 hours – Reuters

Japan has marked the one-year-to-go point for next year’s Tokyo Olympics with low-key celebrations – AFP/aa/CNA

Details have been reported of the efforts to make life comfortable for the Chinese Super League players that will be sealed in two hotels for 70 days in order to complete the 2020 season. The hotels have been outfitted with cafes, barbers, libraries, convenience stores and games rooms, among other innovations – AFP/nh/CNA

There has been an outbreak of Covid-19 in Dalian, one of the two cities in which the Chinese Super League is to play out its 2020 season  – South China Morning Post

Bangladesh is aiming to reschedule its postponed three-test series in Sri Lanka in October, in the space opened up by the postponement of this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia – Reuters/CNA

The remainder of the Chinese men’s volleyball Super League 2019-20 season will be run in 14 days in one venue in Qinhuangdao, from August 20 to September 2 – SportsMoney.cn