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Round-Up: Man Utd revenues drop, ESPN shuts esports division, Tokyo athletes exempt from quarantine, and more

Manchester United's Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United’s first quarter revenue dropped by nearly 20 per cent after the Covid-19 pandemic hit ticket sales – Reuters/CNA

US sports broadcaster ESPN is shutting down its esports editorial division – The Esports Observer

Formula One renewed its deal with the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo to stage races there until 2025 – Reuters/CNA

Tokyo Olympics athletes will not have to serve the 14-day quarantine imposed on other visitors to Japan, the event’s organisers confirmed. The attendance of spectators from overseas is still being discussed, although the organisers said imposing 14-day quarantines on them would be “impossible”. Fans in attendance at Olympics event could be asked to refrain from shouting and cheering – Reuters, AFP

Four ski jumping World Cup events planned for Sapporo in January and February have been cancelled following a surge in local Covid-19 cases – Kyodo News

Kerry Stokes, the chairman of Australian media company Seven West Media, joined the recent attack on Cricket Australia by free-to-air broadcaster Seven. Seven is unhappy at what it sees as a reduction in the quality of the cricket that CA is delivering this year, due to the impact of the pandemic. In a recent, further blow to Seven, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli withdrew from several Test matches in his team’s upcoming tour of Australia to be present for the birth of his child – The Age

The Tokyo Olympics will be covered in Thailand by an alliance of six broadcasters, under an agreement forged by the Sports Authority of Thailand and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission – Bangkok Post

Chinese sports streamer PP Sports agreed a partnership with electronics firm Huawei, that will involve the inclusion of PP Sports content in the Huawei Video app – SportsMoney.cn

Streaming platform China Mobile Migu is carrying exclusive coverage of the 2020-21 season of the China Volleyball Super League – SportsMoney.cn

A Beijing 2022 official said planning to ensure a positive legacy for the event is already well underway, and would encompass venues, snow sports promotion, volunteer training, and more – Xinhua.

Several foreign stars including former West Indies captain Darren Sammy have pulled out of the upcoming finish of the Pakistan Super League T20 cricket season – Outlook India

Indian Super League team FC Goa has agreed a youth training partnership with German Bundesliga team RB Leipzig – Republic World