Round-Up: Tokyo governor’s Olympic worry, Sydney wants Fury fight, Saudi to sponsor virtual Le Mans, and more

The governor of Tokyo has questioned whether the Olympic Games can go ahead next year without an international deal on travel and quarantine. In an interview with the Financial Times, Yuriko Koike said that freedom for athletes and supporters to visit Japan was a precondition for holding Tokyo 2021. Koike’s remarks show how the Tokyo Olympics remain in jeopardy despite a one-year postponement – FT

Saudi Arabia’s esports federation will be title sponsor of the virtual Le Mans 24 Hours race on June 13-14, organisers announced. The esports event is being staged on the weekend that Le Mans would normally take place. Saudi Arabia has growing interests in motorsport, hosting the Dakar Rally and a round of the all-electric Formula E series while also sponsoring Formula One through state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco – Reuters

Sydney has made a bold bid to host a blockbuster heavyweight rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, with promoters eyeing Boxing Day for the trilogy fight. Promoter Dean Lonergan has tentatively booked Bankwest Stadium in the city’s west for the bout. Gambling hub Macau is also in the frame for the fight – Channel News Asia/AFP

Nippon Professional Baseball plans to test all of its players and coaches for Covid-19 once a month after the season opens on June 19. The decision was made following a recommendation by a panel of infectious disease experts that has been meeting with executives of NPB and the J-League. The panel said NPB should test players using their saliva every month. The J-League, which is set to resume on July 4, has already decided to test all of its players every two weeks – Kyodo News

World Rugby released details of the qualification process for the 2023 Rugby World Cup to be hosted by France. With 12 teams already qualified for the tournament, the remaining eight places will be determined by a process of regional and cross-regional qualifiers. The process will conclude with a four team round-robin qualification tournament in November 2022. South Africa, England, New Zealand, Wales, Japan, France, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina and Fiji have already secured their place by finishing in the top three of their respective pools at last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan – World Rugby

An Indian sports tech start-up Stupa Sports Analytics, has partnered with USA Table Tennis. Stupa’s first-of-its-kind analytics product will help prioritize improvement areas and provide technical, physical and tactical feedback for each identified player to USATT enabling them to build customized training programs – USATT

After 6 rounds of postponement, Sri Lanka Cricket has set a new deadline for its media rights tender. The SLC board has announced that by June 15 they will close the new broadcast deal. SLC has now decided to sell media rights as one package merging television, radio and digital platforms as opposed to their previous attempt to sell it as two packages – one for television and radio and another for digital platforms – Insidesport

The four AFL clubs based in Queensland have received a boost with news that crowds are to be allowed into both the Gabba and Metricon Stadium in Round 2. The Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk has given the all-clear for stadiums in the State to be at 25 per cent capacity as soon as this weekend. In addition to the Queensland venues being allowed crowds, Victorian venues could also see fans return inside the next month – Nine News