Minor Sports

Lukas Hinder has tendered his resignation as president of the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), stating the decision has been made in an effort to further the organisation’s position in the sports market as it prepares to be showcased at the forthcoming summer Youth Olympic Games.

The International Racquetball Federation (IRF) has been forced to move its 2018 World Championships for a second time after the facilities where the event was due to be held in Cali, Colombia, were demolished.

The World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) is poised to become the first International Federation (IF) to transition from observer member status of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) to full membership, it was announced today (Tuesday).

The 2018 Drone Racing League World Championship will take place in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s General Sports Authority (GSA) announced today (Friday).

The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) has revealed details of the first seven sports bodies it has granted observer status to.

The Czech Republic has been awarded hosting rights to the 2021 World Orienteering Championships.

The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) has announced details of a new international Test match competition in a move designed to further expand the profile of the sport, which is also known as ultimate frisbee.

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) has received bids from Brazil and the Czech Republic to stage its World Championships in 2021.

Tomas Eriksson has been re-elected as president of the International Floorball Federation (IFF).

The International Olympic Committee has given muaythai and cheerleading provisional recognition as Olympic sports.

The International Korfball Federation (IKF) has opted to increase the number of participating countries at its World Championship from 16 to 20.

The Drone Racing League (DRL) has confirmed the closure of an investment round worth more than $12m (€10.8m) as it seeks to bolster its position in the global sports marketplace.

The Alisports arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has made its latest major investment in the sports market by partnering with the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF).

A new integrity alliance has today (Tuesday) been formed to uphold the transparency of esports.

US college sports conference the Pac-12 will make its first foray into the esports market later this year after announcing that its content and multi-platform media company, Pac-12 Networks, will organise and broadcast competitions between student-athletes across a number of as yet unnamed game titles.

The International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) has announced that the French commune of Champagny-en-Vanoise will host its showpiece Ice Climbing World Championships in lead and speed next year.

Singapore-based social networking company YuuZoo and Chinese conglomerate Alibaba have expanded their recently formed esports partnership into six Southeast Asian territories.

Active lifestyle company Tough Mudder has teamed up with the IMG agency and market entry specialist Seroja Partners to expand the mass participation obstacle course series into Asia and the Middle East.

The Dubai-based World Federation of Future Sports (WFFS) will next year organise the first-ever World Future Sports Games, it has been announced.

Investment holding company China Digital Culture has struck an agreement with Taiwanese singer and actor Jay Chou to form a new eSports company in Asia.

The MP & Silva agency has made its first move into the eSports sector by agreeing a global marketing rights partnership with Garena, Southeast Asia’s largest internet and mobile platform company.

The inaugural edition of the World Roller Games will now take place in the Chinese city of Nanjing in 2017 after Barcelona in Spain withdrew its hosting rights.

Mediarex Sports & Entertainment (MSE), the parent company of the Global Poker Index, has confirmed the 12 teams for the inaugural season of the Global Poker League, which will begin with a draft day on February 25, 2016.

The International Federation of Poker (IFP) has appointed US investment bankers Turnstone Securities to lead a funding drive to develop and expand its digital, non-gambling, team-based Match Poker variant of the game.

Daily fantasy sports gaming operator DraftKings has been forced to delay the launch of its UK service.

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will travel to the US state of Indiana for the first time next year, and return to Germany, after it revealed its full calendar for the 2016 season.

US video games giant Electronic Arts has launched a new initiative that will facilitate global eSports competitions across some of its biggest titles.

Multi-territory commercial and pay-television broadcaster Modern Times Group (MTG) has continued its investment in the eSports market by acquiring DreamHack, Scandinavia’s leading eSports company.

Russian conglomerate USM Holdings, owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanov, has invested around $100m (€88.1m) in Russia’s largest esports company Virtus.pro.

Mediarex Sports & Entertainment (MSE), the parent company of the Global Poker Index (GPI) has secured $4.9m (€4.45m) in Series A funding from a round of private investors to finance its Sportify Poker initiative.

Extreme, the company behind the Extreme Sports Channel media platform, has launched a specialist marketing and sponsorship service.

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has sealed its second major commercial deal in the space of a week after agreeing a partnership with the Tridem Sports agency.

Pay-television broadcaster Star India has boosted its interest in the sports events sector by acquiring a majority stake in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL).