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Round-Up: Singapore GP questions, AFL training starts, Taiwan admits more fans, and more

Fans watch the action during the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 16, 2018 in Singapore. (Charles Coates/Getty Images)

The promoter of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix has said it would be “unfeasible” for it to stage a race with no fans. The race is scheduled for September 20. Speaking to UK newspaper The Sunday Times, a spokesperson for the promoter said: “The calendar for the 2020 season is currently being finalised and Singapore GP has been maintaining an open dialogue with F1, the Singapore Government and our stakeholders during this time, to assess different possibilities.” The spokesperson said infrastructure preparations for the race take three months to prepare. The Singapore government said on Friday that construction work on critical projects only, such as on sewers and residential buildings, would resume from June 2 – Straits Times

Teams in the Australian Football League are resuming training today ahead of a planned restart on June 11. Four teams are relocating to the Gold Coast to sidestep tighter Covid-19 measures in their home states. All team players and staff are being tested for the virus prior to getting back together – Reuters

Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League from Friday allowed teams to admit up to 2,000 fans to games. The week before, it had opened stadiums to 1,000 fans per game – Kyodo News

South Africa Rugby has confirmed R1.2bn ($65m/€60m) in spending cuts for 2020 to get the organisation through the Covid-19 downturn. Nearly 50 per cent of the cuts come from spending on competitions, 37 per cent is from ‘other operational budgets’, and salary cuts account for 13 per cent. A visit by the Scotland team for international tests in July has been cancelled. SA Rugby plans to host a six-team domestic competition involving its four Super Rugby teams and two Pro14 teams – Channel News Asia/Reuters

Seoul will host a three-way international esports tournament between teams from South Korea, China and Japan in November. The tournament may be played online due to Covid-19. South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is one of the bodies behind the tournament, and said it was hoped it could be expanded to include other Asian nations in future years – The Esports Observer

German pay-television broadcaster Sky achieved record viewing figures for its coverage of the resumption of Bundesliga football at the weekend. It was reported to have had 3.68m viewers watching the matches on its linear pay-television channels on Saturday afternoon, and an additional 2.45m watching its ‘Konferenz’ channel, which was offered free-to-air and simultaneously covered all five games live by moving between stadiums – Channel News Asia/AFP

Spanish football’s LaLiga is to resume group training today, following a government announcement on Saturday allowing sports teams across the country to resume activity – Reuters/Channel News Asia

The resumption of training by Italian Serie A football clubs has been delayed due to ongoing discussions between the clubs and the government over quarantine rules – Reuters/Channel News Asia

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has said the organisation has a plan to finish its Champions League and Europa League competitions by August, and expects 80 per cent of European national leagues to also finish their 2019-20 seasons. French teams Paris St-Germain and Lyon are looking to play their remaining matches in the European competitions abroad, after the French government ruled out the return of professional sport before September – Channel News Asia/Reuters

Japanese rugby union team the Sunwolves hope to participate in a tournament in Australia starting in July for Super Rugby teams – Kyodo News

Thailand will this week notify the International Olympic Committee of its intention to bid to host the 2026 Youth Olympics. The bid will involve Bangkok and Chonburi jointly hosting events. India, Russia and Colombia are the other countries aiming to host the event – Outlook India.

Thai football’s League 1 cannot start before September, under new government guidelines setting out the country’s phased emergence from lockdown. The guidelines prohibiting contact sports until September – Bangkok Post

Liu Xuan, the Chinese, three-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast, has become a brand ambassador for Pepsi – Sports Money

China’s national badminton team has agreed an official supplier sponsorship deal with Chinese meat supply giant Wen’s Food Group – Sports Money

Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra has written to the country’s sports minister Kiren Rijiju requesting more than Rs200 crore ($26m/€24m) in financial assistance for Indian sports bodies to help them through the Covid-19 crisis – Outlook India.