Round-Up: Chinese basketball CEO steps down, T20 World Cup decision, BWF’s gender commitment, and more

A giant ICC T20 World Cup 2020 shirt is seen that achieved a world record for the most signatures on it during ICC T20 World Cup 2020 morning tea to celebrate one-year-to-go to the women’s final at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 08, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

The Chinese Basketball Association’s first chief executive officer Wang Dawei has left his post after just 14 months in the job citing “personal reasons”. The CBA confirmed the news on its official website on Sunday. Wang was installed as the league’s CEO in May last year after receiving support of Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming, the chairman of the CBA – SCMP

The fate of this year’s T20 World Cup will be discussed when the ICC board meets virtually on Monday (July 20). The competition is scheduled to be held from October 18 to November 15 in Australia but the country is in the grip of a second surge of Covid-19 with an outbreak of cases in the state of Victoria. The BCCI is hoping for a postponement to ensure that the IPL can go ahead – New India Express

Football Federation Australia announced that the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, would become an Official Partner of the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019-20 season – FFA

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates was elected vice-president of the IOC at the July 17 session held on-line. Coates is one of two new vice-presidents elected by IOC members, along with IOC member in Singapore Ng Ser Miang – Olympics.com.au

The Badminton World Federation has approved a proposal to ensure geographical and gender representation on the BWF Council by establishing a framework that guarantees global board representation and a minimum representation of each gender. The membership-approved changes to the constitution ensures at least 30 per cent of each gender on Council and among the representatives from each continental region – BWF

The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee will mark the one-year countdown to the postponed Olympic Games with a video message at the New National Stadium on Thursday July 23. The event, which is closed to the public, will take place at 8pm, the exact time when the Olympics will open on the night of July 23, 2021 – Xinhua

The July grand sumo tournament commenced in front of spectators in Tokyo on Sunday. Despite the recent rise in confirmed cases of infections, the JSA decided to admit about 2,500 fans per day. The move is in line with government guidelines that have allowed up to 5,000 people to attend sporting and other events since July 10 – Kyodo News

Toshiro Muto, CEO of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has posed a “Big if” question that nobody really wants to address right now. If the Games end up being scrapped, who will pay the damages stemming from the building of stadiums and selling of tickets? The body this fall will announce the amount of additional expenses caused by the decision to postpone the events for one year – Asahi Shimbun

World Athletics has regained its international federation membership. WA president Seb Coe was approved as an International Olympic Committee member at the 136th IOC session held on July 17. Coe commented: “As president of World Athletics I’m absolutely delighted to represent our sport in the Olympic movement as an IOC member.” – World Athletics

Rugby Australia is hardening its resolve around a five-team Super Rugby future despite New Zealand’s unilateral invitation to contribute as few as two to next year’s competition. RA chairman Hamish McLennan said Australia was firm on defending its five-team footprint and would continue to explore striking out on its own with an Argentinian, Japanese and South African flavour – StuffNZ

Ferrari and McLaren said they are ready to sign a new ‘Concorde Agreement’ governing the sport’s future. Major rule changes due next year have been postponed to 2022 but a $145m (€126m) budget cap will come in next season. Formula One wants to create a more level playing field to improve competition, reduce costs and provide a fairer distribution of revenues – CNA/Reuters