Round-Up: ISU events to go ahead in China, CSL reveals schedule, Japanese Olympic funding slashed, and more

Artists perform during the 1000-day countdown to the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)

Three International Skating Union figure skating events in China in November and December will go ahead as planned, as exceptions to the ruling last week by the country’s General Administration of Sports that international sports events will be cancelled for the rest of the year. The ISU events fall under the exemption for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic test events – Yahoo! Sports

The Chinese Super League has announced the schedule for the first stage of its Covid-19-delayed 2020 season. The first stage will see the 16 teams divided into two groups of eight according to last season’s standings. It will run July 25 to September 28 and feature 112 matches over 14 rounds, all played in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, and Dalian, Liaoning Province – Xinhua

The Japanese Olympic Committee has slashed funding to the country’s sports federations by more than half due to financial uncertainty caused by Covid-19 and the move of the 2020 Olympics to next year – Asahi

Unilever soap brand Lifebuoy has agreed a sponsorship deal with Cricket West Indies to provide hand sanitiser for the men’s national team that is currently touring England – Windies Cricket

Fiba has lifted the general suspension of its competitions due to Covid-19 that was imposed on March 13. Competitions will resume as per the revised international calendar published in April – Fiba

The Japanese sumo association will allow 2,500 fans per day – 25-per-cent of capacity – at its July tournament in Tokyo – CNA/AFP/gs

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics has added Yuanfudao Online Education as an official sponsor – Xinhua

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics organisers have unveiled a countdown clock, and launched a Winter Olympic art exhibition and a series of musical works inspired by the event – SportsMoney.cn, Xinhua

Organisers of the Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 have launched an competition inviting artists to create animations featuring the games’ mascots, with a RMB500,000 ($71,000/€63,000) prize – Xinhua