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Round-Up: Chinese GP doubts and deal extension, PP Sports battles pirates, vaccine critical for Tokyo Olympics, and more

Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan showcases a creation by designer Samant Chauhan during the Lakme Fashion Week 2020 Summer/Resort fashion show in Mumbai. (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP)

The Chinese Formula One Grand Prix is to be cancelled this year, but is also set for a five-year extension to its hosting deal, from 2021 to 2025, according to reports by specialist motorsport journalists – RaceFans.net

Chinese sports streaming platform PP Sports has said it will step up action against websites pirating its streams of Chinese Super League coverage this season. PP Sports was recently awarded 500,000 yuan ($71,000/€62,000) by a Chinese court in a lawsuit against three internet operators for unauthorised broadcasting of the streaming platforms programmes – SportsMoney.cn

A vaccine or other effective drug to treat Covid-19 will be key to the Tokyo Olympics going ahead next year, organising committee president Yoshiro Mori has said – AFP/CNA

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is considering playing an international series against South Africa ahead of this year’s Indian Premier League, which has been tentatively scheduled for September 26 to November 8. Such a series would represent a significant chunk of value in a media-rights deal still being negotiated between Cricket South Africa and Indian pay-television broadcaster Star for 2020 onwards – Bangalore Mirror

Indian sports marketing joint-venture IMG Reliance has agreed an exclusive global marketing and management deal with Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan – IMG Reliance

The Indian Super League has become part of the World Leagues Forum, a global alliance of major football leagues – NDTV

Chinese-German joint venture carmaker SAIC-Volkswagen has become an official partner of Chinese Super League team Shenzhen FC – SportsMoney.cn

The war of words between Australian and New Zealand rugby over the future of Super Rugby continues. New South Wales Waratahs chairman Roger Davis accused New Zealand Rugby of trying to divide Australia’s clubs from Rugby Australia, by approaching the clubs directly about a new competition – Reuters/CNA