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Round-Up: Ferrari weighs Indycar, Bayern-Douyin deal, Tendulkar settles, Japan shutdown cost, and more

Sachin Tendulkar is seen during the 2019 Indian Premier League Final between the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The shutdown of professional sport in Japan will have cost the economy ¥274.7bn ($2.6bn/€2.4bn) by the end of June, an economist from Kansai University has said – Japan Times

The Ferrari motor-racing team is weighing up entering the North American Indycar series and endurance racing, as part of changes following from the imposition of a budget cap in Formula One – Reuters/Channel News Asia

The McLaren motor-racing team is considering borrowing £275m secured against its headquarters in England and collection of historic racing cars, to help it negotiate the Covid-19 downturn – Reuters/Channel News Asia

Australian batsman Travis Head has backed a proposal to stage the country’s home series against India later this year entirely at a sealed-off Adelaide Oval – The Hindu

FC Bayern Munich has entered a partnership with Chinese video-sharing platform Douyin. The club launched its Douyin account in July 2018 and has nearly 800,000 followers. It publishes a weekly live stream on the platform – FC Bayern

The UK government has said it is “opening the door” for professional football in the country to return in June. “This should include widening access for fans to view live coverage and ensure finances from the game’s resumption supports the wider football family,” the secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, said after a meeting with the Premier League, the English Football League and the Football Association – Reuters/Channel News Asia

German pay-television broadcaster Sky will offer viewers an option to watch matches from the upcoming restart of the Bundesliga with recorded crowd noise – Reuters/Channel News Asia

European Professional Club Rugby is looking at staging the finals of this season’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup in October, and rejigging the formats of the competitions next season – Reuters/Channel News Asia

Sachin Tendulkar has settled a lawsuit with Australian bat maker Spartan Sports International, in which the former Indian cricketer accused the company of failing to pay $2m (€1.9m) in royalties – Australian Associated Press

Cricket tours in Ireland by New Zealand and Pakistan scheduled for June and July have been postponed – Asian News International

Indonesian badminton Olympic gold medallist Taufik Hidayat has said the country’s sports ministry is riddled with corruption, after testifying in a bribery court case this week. “Half the building should be destroyed because there are so many rats inside,” he told media afterwards – AFP/Channel News Asia

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has threatened to suspend the Boxing Federation of India for failures to make payments. AIBA has penalised the BFI $500,000 for failing to pay hosting rights fee for the 2021 men’s World Championships, which as a result has been moved to Serbia – First Post