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Round-Up: Inaugural China Tennis Tour, TrueVisions’ football pressure tells, Maldives hosts AFC Cup Group E, and more

Indian Super League team scarves prior to an AFC Asian Cup match between India and Bahrain on January 14, 2019 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

The Thai football league season may restart earlier than planned due to pressure from domestic broadcast partner TrueVisions, the Football Association of Thailand has said – Bangkok Post

All remaining matches in the Asian Football Confederation Cup’s Group E will take place in the Maldives as a measure in response to Covid-19. The group features Indian I-League champions Chennai City, Bangladesh’s Basundhara Kings, and two teams from the Maldives – TC Sports and Maziya – Yahoo!

The All India Football Federation is considering hosting all remaining Indian Super League matches this season in either Goa or Kerala, and all remaining I-League matches in Kolkata. A kick-off date in November is being considered – Hindustan Times

The Chinese Tennis Association’s inaugural China Tennis Tour is starting on August 1 and will run until the end of the year. The tour is open to professional and amateur players based in the country, and will have four levels of tournament – CTA1000, CTA800, CTA500 and CTA200. The first two levels will be mainly for professionals, and the second two for amateurs – SportsMoney.cn

All players from the Chinese Super League have tested negative for Covid-19 ahead of the restart of the 2020 season this Saturday – Xinhua

Australia’s Rugby World Cup 2027 Bid Advisory Board has appointed as members Australian Olympic Committee president and International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates and former Australia national rugby team player Gary Ella. The board is led by Rugby Australian chairman Hamish McLennan and its other members are: businessman and News Corp director Sir Rod Eddington, former Prime Minister John Howard, former chief of Australia’s defence force and current Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove, Rugby World Cup-winning Wallabies captain John Eales, Fortescue Metals Group chief executive Elizabeth Gaines, and Qantas Loyalty chief executive Olivia Wirth – Rugby Australia

Cricket Australia has ditched its previous revenue prediction and distribution model after a backlash from Australia’s state cricket associations over proposed funding cuts. Interim chief executive Nick Hockley said the new model was based on “what does actually transpire this summer” – Reuters/CNA

The South African Rugby Union is aiming to play in a Rugby Championship hosted in a bubble in New Zealand in a window between October and December, chief executive Jurie Roux has said. SA Rugby is planning an eight-team domestic competition in late August or early September to prepare its national team players – Reuters/CNA