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Round-Up: IOC to discuss “frugal” Olympics, Pressure mounts on Thai broadcaster, Pakistan cricket’s sponsorship deal, and more

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

The International Olympic Committee will meet today to discuss ways of pushing ahead with plans for a “frugal” Tokyo Games next year. Tokyo is on its highest Covid-19 alert level after a spike in new cases, Governor Yuriko Koike warned Wednesday, as experts said the rising infections were a clear “red flag” – Japan Today/AFP

Thai League 1 champions Chiang Rai United have called on TrueVisions to pay full broadcast rights fees for the sake of the country’s football. “TrueVisions is acting like we [Thai football and the company] have never loved each other,” Chiang Rai chief adviser Miti Tiyapairat said in a Facebook post. The broadcaster is threatening not to show the end of the extended Thai League 1 football season, and is demanding a reduction in its rights fees for the competition – Bangkok Post

Dialog Axiata, the current sponsor of the Sri Lankan cricket team will continue to be the sponsor for the national squad for the next three years, but at lower values. The firm will pay almost 30 per cent less than they paid for the same right in the last sponsorship cycle – Cricketage

The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced that Pepsi has agreed a one-year extension as principal partner of the Pakistan men’s national cricket team for all three formats. The partnership will run initially until 30 June 2021 – PCB

Qatar, will be the regional hub for West Asia in this year’s Asian Champions League matches. Asia’s elite club competition was suspended in early March because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and will resume in Qatar on September 14. Group matches will be played in full in a round-robin format as originally planned while the knockouts will be single matches rather than the usual two-legged format – AFC

Despite being hit by social unrest in Hong Kong through the first part of the season and the Covid-19 pandemic compounding the situation during the second half, the Hong Kong Jockey Club still managed to record HK$121.6 billion in betting turnover, the third highest ever, for the 2019-20 racing campaign – SCMP

Supercars will set up a hub in southeast Queensland following its Sydney races this weekend. With just three weeks until the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown and with the Greater Sydney region declared a Covid-19 hotspot by the Northern Territory Government all measures are being taken to allow events to go ahead as planned. To do so, teams, drivers and officials will relocate north at the conclusion of this weekend’s action – Supercars.com

Basketball New Zealand will introduce a 3X3 elite domestic competition structured on its national leagues for men and women. The 3X3 game is seen by international body Fiba as an important vehicle to grow participation and reach a larger basketball audience, the format will make its debut as an Olympic sport in Tokyo – nzstuff

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic esports company ESL announced its ESL One Cologne 2020 will transition into an online competition. Running from August 18 – 30, the tournament will now feature four divisions, North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania, with teams competing for a share of the $500,000 (€439,217) prize – ESL

World Archery has cancelled its annual international competition circuit, the Hyundai Archery World Cup, in 2020 but will recognise world ranking events from 1 September. It means that no world or continental competitions will take place until the next outdoor season – World Archery