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Round-Up: Russia fails to pay athletics fine, overseas IPL ‘likely’, Sha Tin Racecourse opens to punters, and more

World Athletics has halted the process allowing Russian track and field athletes to compete internationally as neutral athletes after Russian Athletics missed a deadline to pay a $6.3m bill for a fine and legal costs – The Guardian

The French Open tennis grand slam will allow fans into arenas at between 50 and 60 per cent of normal capacity for this year’s event from September 27 to October 11 – ABC

Fans will not be permitted at Spanish LaLiga matches this season – CNA/Reuters/nh

This year’s Indian Premier League is likely to take place in the United Arab Emirates or Sri Lanka, a Board of Control for Cricket in India official has said – IANS

The Hong Kong Jockey Club is opening racing to spectators this Sunday, July 5, for the first time since they were shut out due to Covid-19. Between 500 and 700 will be permitted entry if they make a restaurant reservation within Sha Tin racecourse – SCMP

Twelve parties are interested in buying English football club Wigan Athletic, which fell into administration this week shortly after being acquired by a Hong Kong-based investor – CNA/Reuters

Japanese J.League teams have welcomed the league’s move to scrap relegation this year as a supportive measure amid the Covid-19 crisis. The measure was first announced in March – Kyodo News

The Global Esports Federation has appointed Song Luzeng, a vice president at the Olympic Council of Asia, as the Senior Advisor to its board – GEF

Australian authorities have created a new body to tackle cheating and unethical practices in sport including doping and match-fixing. Sports Integrity Australia brings together the current functions of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, the National Integrity of Sport Unit at the Department of Health, and integrity functions at Sport Australia. It is led by former Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner David Sharpe – ESPN

Sri Lanka Cricket has agreed a sponsorship deal with local drinks company My Cola Beverages, which will be its Official Carbonated Beverages Partner – The Sunday Reader

Sri Lanka Cricket remains hopeful of hosting the inaugural Lankan Premier League T20 tournament this August – Zee News

The UVA T20 Premier League, a cricket competition taking place in Sri Lanka, has been called off after two matches after Sri Lanka Cricket withdrew its authorisation. It is the second time in recent weeks that SLC has declared a new competition unauthorised, after the same fate befell the PDC T10 that was due to start on June 25 – Cricket Times

The Australian Open tennis grand slam will not be able to take advantage of pandemic insurance for its 2021 edition. It has acquired pandemic cover for years but its annual policy expires this month, and insurers are withdrawing the offer of pandemic protection. The 2020 Australian Open took place before the pandemic took hold – Seven