APAC Round-Up: LaLiga resumption, Aus Open threat, Warne-Amazon doco, India keen for Oz tour, and more

Spanish football’s LaLiga is to resume on June 20 and be completed before the end of July, the manager of Leganes, Javier Aguirre has told the media, according to Reuters.

Next year’s Australian Open tennis grand slam remains at risk of cancellation due to Covid-19, Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley has said. Sky Sports reported that Tiley said the “best-case scenario” at present was a tournament with only Australian fans allowed to enter.

The Badminton World Federation reported an operating deficit of $2.5m (€2.3m) in 2019. This compared to a $4.4m operating surplus reported in 2018.

Retired Australian cricket star Shane Warne is filming a documentary about his life with Amazon. The news was revealed by Eddie McGuire, president of AFL team Collingwood, who was speaking on a radio show when he received a text message about the series from Warne, which he read out. The series reportedly involves the production team following Warne around the world for 12 months.

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic qualification has now been hit by Covid-19, with the final qualifying tournament for men’s ice hockey moved back a year. The tournament was due to take place this August in Slovakia, Latvia, and Norway. It will now take place in August 2021.

The Chinese women’s national volleyball team has added to its burgeoning sponsorship rosters with a deal with fruit supplier Xin Rong Mao Group, according to SportsMoney.cn.

Cricket South Africa acting CEO Dr Jacques Faul said the organisation would lose $10m if India was not able to tour the country in August. India and South Africa are scheduled to play three T20 matches.

The Indian cricket team is prepared to go through the necessary quarantine in order to complete its tour of Australia later this year, according to Arun Dhumal, the treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The India tour is of “make or break” financial importance to Cricket Australia, according to the Brisbane Times. Dhumal also said it was difficult to see this year’s T20 Cricket World Cup in Australia starting on schedule in October.

Television advertising revenues in India are at 20 per cent of normal levels, Uday Shankar, the president of The Walt Disney Company, APAC, has said. Shankar called for “radical” action to restart the Indian economy. Disney owns India’s leading sports pay-television broadcaster, Star.

World Snooker Tour has created a series of video content to run on May 11-15 that will celebrate the 145th anniversary of the birth of snooker in Jabalpur, India. WST is working with business advisory firm India Business Group on the initiative, which will promote the sport within the country.