Round-Up: Ballon d’Or cancelled, Japanese athlete abuse report, slimmed-down SEA Games, and more

A hostess carries the Ballon d'Or trophy along the red carpet at Theatre Du Chatelet on December 2, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

Football’s Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player, run by French magazine France Football, will not take place this year due to Covid-19. It is the first time it has not been awarded since it started in 1956 – AP/SCMP

A Human Rights Watch report on the experiences of more than 800 Japanese athletes across 50 sports has detailed physical, verbal and sexual abuse of child athletes during training – Reuters/CNA

Walt Disney has joined the advertisers slashing spending on Facebook and Instagram in protest at hate speech on the social media platforms, the Wall Street Journal has reported – CBS

Catering company Yum China has agreed deals to become the Official Retail Food Services Sponsor of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, and an Official Sponsor of the Chinese Olympic Committee – Beijing 2022

A draft plan for a slimmed-down Southeast Asian Games next in Vietnam in November and December next year has been approved by the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. It involves events in 36 sports – down from 56 sports at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines – VOV

The International Table Tennis Federation has extended the suspension of its events due to Covid-19 until at least the end of August – Xinhua

The Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius has agreed a three-year deal to become Liverpool FC’s official tourism and economic development partner – Liverpool FC

South Africa international rugby union player Schalk Brits has welcomed the prospect of South African Super Rugby teams and players joining European competitions. Some New Zealand players have expressed disappointment that South African teams will no longer be involved in regular-season competition with New Zealand teams – AFP/CNA, RugbyPass

A decision will be made in the next two weeks on whether the 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup will go ahead as planned in New Zealand in February and March – RNZ

Indian sports marketing agency Twenty First Century Media (TCM) has launched an esports division, TCM eSports – Economic Times