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Round-Up: China hosts first international events, NBA to build ‘experience centres’ in China, Tokyo hospitality to be reined in, and more

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China last weekend hosted its first major international sports events since the start of the pandemic. The International Table Tennis Federation got its #Restart events series underway, with the Women’s World Cup that began in Weihai City on Sunday and concludes today. And the Cup of China International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating took place in Chongqing over the weekend – Xinhua

The NBA announced plans to build six ‘entertainment and experience centres’ in China with local experiences firm Harves Entertainment. The league also announced a sponsorship deal covering China with youth-focused clothing brand Jack & Jones – Shine

Hospitality at next year’s Tokyo Olympics is being reined in as part of cost-cutting plans for the postponed event. Organising committee president Yoshiro Mori said of previous Olympics, “Those involved with the games such as the Olympic family were able to party every night with free alcoholic beverages. They may not like it that the same will not be offered (in Tokyo), but I believe (the games) will serve as a good model.” – Japan Today

Australian broadcaster Nine will enhance the production of Rugby Australia events under their new media-rights contract for the 2021-23 period. Innovations will include the use of drones, up to twice the number of cameras used by current media-rights partner Foxtel for certain matches, a new commentary team and newly-created graphics. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that this was one of two ‘pillars’, along with Nine’s offer of increased free-to-air exposure, that were key to RA parting ways with long-term partner Foxtel – Sydney Morning Herald

India cricket captain Virat Kohli will miss three of his country’s four Tests in its upcoming tour of Australia to be present for the birth of his first child – Sky Sports

Indian streamer Disney Plus Hotstar introduced a feature allowing users to video chat with friends while watching Indian Premier League cricket matches – Hindustan Times

Indian broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks acquired rights to the 2020 Lankan Premier League T20 cricket tournament – Newswire

Walmart-owned Indian online retailer Flipkart invested in USPL, the youth-focused fashion business launched by Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, as part of a series F funding round. USPL controls brands including Wrogn, which has a collaboration with current India cricket captain Virat Kohli – Financial Express

Sportswear manufacturer Asics announced a winter sports strategy in China, aligning with the government’s ambitions to develop the country’s winter sports economy, and a sponsorship deal with Chinese speed skating champion Zhang Hong – SportsMoney.cn

German football clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund held a series of fan events in Wuhan ahead of last weekend’s match between the two teams, including a trophy tour and a friendly match involving a local fan club. Italian club Juventus also ran a live fan event at the weekend, in Chengdu – SportsMoney.cn

The 2020-21 season of the Indian I-League football competition will kick off on January 9. All matches will be played in West Bengal, behind closed doors, to contain the Covid-19 risk – Olympic Channel

Korean football officials introduced regulations allowing for the reduction of professional players’ pay if league matches are cancelled because of force majeure reasons such as the Covid-19 pandemic – Yonhap

Swimming Australia appointed Kieren Perkins as president – AusLeisure