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Round-Up: Football salary cap proposed, India-Sri Lanka tour decision delay, UFC on Bilibili, and more

Rohit Sharma of India bats during the Cricket World Cup 2019 match against South Africa (by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

The president of the German football federation and the chairman of Bayern Munich are proposing a salary cap for professional football in Europe. Deutscher Fußball-Bund president Fritz Keller told media: “There are absurd salaries and transfer fees that are no longer credible…We have to talk about salary caps. I am glad that I agree with (Bayern chairman) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on this point. Therefore we will write a letter to Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.” – Channel News Asia/AFP

The Indian cricket team has pushed back its decision whether to tour Sri Lanka in July, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has told Reuters. The board is waiting for more clarity around travel restrictions. The team is to play three one-day internationals and three T20 matches. The tour is a critical part of the value of the Sri Lanka Cricket boards domestic rights for the 2020-23 cycle, which it is currently attempting to sell to broadcasters – Channel News Asia/Reuters

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has hailed its early success on the growing Chinese video sharing platform Bilibili. The mixed martial arts promotion says it was the first international sports property to launch on the platform in January. It has so far had more than 4m video views on it. Bilibili skews towards a young userbase, with 72 per cent in ‘Gen Z’, born between the mid-1990s and early 2010s. The content focuses on animation, comics and games. Investors in the platform include Chinese tech giants Tencent and Alibaba, and Japanese technology and media firm Sony.

Formula One could continue its season even after a double-digit outbreak of Covid-19 cases within the sport, the chairman of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile’s medical commission, Professor Gerard Saillant has said. Prof Saillant said the understanding of the virus had moved on since an outbreak caused the cancellation of the season-opening race in Melbourne earlier this year. “The knowledge of the virus is quite different. It is possible to prevent and to anticipate a lot of things…If we have one positive case, or maybe even 10, it is possible to manage perfectly with a special pathway for the positive case,” he said – Channel News Asia/Reuters

Nike has re-opened 100 per cent of its fully-owned stores, and 95 per cent of its partner stores, in China and South Korea – Yahoo! Finance

The English Premier League is looking at technology including recorded crowd noise and augmented reality images of fans to improve the television spectacle when its matches return behind closed doors – Reuters

European football clubs Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are staging a three-way charity tournament next year – the European Solidarity Cup – to raise funds for Covid-19 relief efforts. The teams will play each other in a round-robin format, with the city of Milan hosting Inter v Bayern, Madrid hosting Real v Inter, and Munich hosting Bayern v Real Madrid. The dates for the matches are yet to be announced.

Two more Asian football leagues have announced restart plans. The Iranian Super League will resume on June 11, behind closed doors. Palestine’s league is to restart on June 12, also behind closed doors. The leagues join South Korea’s K League and Turkmenistan’s Super League, that have already restarted.

Chinese League One football team Kunshan FC has agreed a sponsorship deal with China Citic Bank Suzhou Branch – Sports Money

A new sports complex in the Chinese province of Xinjiang is expected to be complete by the end of May. The Urumqi Olympic Sports Center includes a 30,000-seat stadium, a 12,000-seat indoor arena, a 3,000-seat aquatics arena, a 2,000-seat indoor athletics hall, and a 576-bed hotel for athletes. The indoor arena will be the new home of CBA basketball league team the Xinjiang Flying Tigers – Sports Money

The Chinese Basketball Association has signed a partnership with the Federation of Universities of China and the China School Sports Federation, to nurture basketball talent in the country. CBA president Yao Ming said the association would work on improving the quality of coaching in schools and universities, and help create a database players to track the development of young talent – Xinhua

The International Tennis Federation is working on a financial relief fund for lower-ranked players – Channel News Asia/Reuters