Round-Up: WTA Tour restarts, IPL sponsor backlash, Chinese NBL to restart, and more

Egan Bernal of Colombia competes on the Champs-Elysees avenue during the Paris Champs-Elysees stage of the 2019 Tour de France (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The restart of the Italian Serie A football season has been moved back a week to September 19 – Reuters/CNA

The WTA Tour restarted yesterday with the Palermo Ladies Open in Sicily, Italy – Reuters/ec/CNA

The Diamond League athletics meeting in Doha this year has been brought forward by two weeks, to start on September 25 – World Athletics

Denmark will host the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2022, instead of 2021 as originally planned. Next year’s Tour has been moved forward by six days to make room for the Tokyo Olympics. The move brought it into conflict with the Uefa European Championship, which is being hosted in Copenhagen, among other cities in Europe – Reuters/CNA

The Indian Premier League is facing a backlash for its decision to stick with Chinese sponsors for this year’s tournament. There is anger against China within India due to the border clash between the two countries last month. There was criticism of the league yesterday on social media from political leaders and the public – Indian Express

The Pakistan Cricket Board is clashing with three Pakistan Super League franchise teams over what the board claims is a failure by the teams to fulfil financial and other reporting obligations to the league – The Hindu

Organisers of next year’s Paralympics in Tokyo have confirmed that the schedule will remain largely the same as that planned for this year. They also said they were in discussions with international federations and the International Paralympic Committee about special measures to protect Paralympic athletes from Covid-19 while at the Games – Reuters/CNA

Australia’s National Rugby League will restrict crowd numbers for the next Melbourne Storm match due to concerns about social distancing. Fans appeared to be sitting too closely together at the team’s game on Sunday against Newcastle in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Queensland allows venues to host crowds up to 50-per-cent capacity. The crowd at the match was under this mark, at 5,437 in a stadium that can hold 12,500 – Reuters/CNA

Australian A-League football team the Central Coast Mariners is being put up for sale by its majority owner Mike Charlesworth, the English businessman – AAP

China’s second-tier basketball league, the National Basketball League (NBL), will restart in September with a one-off tournament format for the Covid-19-shortened season. There will be 11 teams participating this season, down from 13 last season. Games will be played behind closed doors and foreign players will not be permitted to play. The league is seeking official sports equipment partners to provide kits, training wear and footwear. The NBL was China’s first league to set up a management company independent of the Chinese Basketball Association, but at the end of last season the national association took back control – SportsMoney.cn

Nike and Chinese non-governmental organisation the China Youth Development Foundation launched a charity project to provide 50,000 children in the Hubei region with online and offline physical and mental fitness courses – SportsMoney.cn

Chinese lubricants firm the Uni-President Lubricant Brand became an official partner of World Boxing Association China and the Beijing-based boxing team M23 – SportsMoney.cn

The qualification route has been set for Indonesia’s national basketball team to the 2023 Fiba World Cup, which the country is co-hosting along with Japan and the Philippines. The latter two countries have qualified automatically, but the weaker Indonesian team must attain a top eight ranking at the Fiba Asia Cup in 2021 – Fiba