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  1. Hamilton takes pole for the Belgian Grand Prix and equals Michael Schumacher's record of 68 poles
  2. Sebastian Vettel signs new three-year Ferrari contract ... http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/41060743
  3. Uruguay and Argentina to launch joint 2030 World Cup bid South American neighbors Uruguay and Argentina are set to launch a joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup. Uruguay hosted the inaugural competition in 1930 and wants to do so again to mark the event's centenary. Uruguay and Argentina are set to launch a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup, the Uruguayan President Tabare Vazguez said on Monday. The official announcement is to be made when Argentine President Mauricio Macri visits Uruguay on August 30, before the two countries meet in a World Cup 2018 qualifier in Montevideo on August 31. ... http://www.dw.com/en/uruguay-and-argentina-to-launch-joint-2030-world-cup-bid/a-40187939
  4. Raikkonen retained by Ferrari for 2018 Ferrari have announced that Kimi Raikkonen is to remain with the team for another year, and will race for them until the end of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship. It will be Raikkonen’s fifth consecutive season with the Italian squad, whom he rejoined for their 2014 campaign, having previously raced for them between 2007 and 2009, winning the world title in his first year with the Scuderia. ... https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/8/raikkonen-retained-by-ferrari-for-2018.html
  5. Tokyo Olympic organizers say 2,042 mascot designs received The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games said Tuesday that they have received 2,042 entries of designs for mascots. The deadline for submissions of designs from the public was noon Monday. The total number of entries received was 2,042 - 1,774 individual applications and 268 group entries. About 25% came from people in their teens or 20s, while around 50% were from people aged 30 to 49. The oldest applicants were in their 80s, organizers said. Following the completion of the mascot competition design phase, Tokyo 2020 mascot selection panel chairperson Ryohei Miyata commented: “I feel the weight of expectation from all those who submitted entries. I look forward to the day when we can meet the mascots of the Tokyo 2020 Games, which we believe will help raise everyone's spirits. I will make sure that we judge fairly and reflect the enthusiasm of the entrants.” A mascot review panel will select a shortlist from the submitted design sets by the beginning of December, and schoolchildren at every elementary school across the country, including international schools, will be given the opportunity to cast their vote and select their preferred set of designs. Organizers will select the design set which attracts the largest number of classroom votes and announce the winner in February 2018. https://japantoday.com/category/sports/tokyo-olympic-organizers-say-2-042-mascot-designs-received
  6. World Cup 2026: Morocco confirms it will bid to host tournament The Moroccan Football Federation has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The deadline for countries to express their intention to bid to host the tournament is Friday with Morocco the only confirmed bidders so far. The United States, Canada and Mexico announced in April that they intend to put forward a joint bid. The World Cup has only been hosted once in Africa - in South Africa in 2010 - and this is Morocco's fifth bid. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) gave its backing to a Moroccan bid in July. A total of 48 teams, rather than the current 32, will compete at an expanded tournament in 2026 after changes announced by Fifa earlier this year. The decision on who will host event will be made in 2020. Fifa's rotational hosting policy means Africa is one of four confederations that can bid to host the 2026 finals as Europe (Russia 2018) and Asia (Qatar 2022) cannot be considered. BBC http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/40898920
  7. Paris mulling inclusion of eSports in 2024 Olympic program With about a month to go before the International Olympic Committee is expected to award the 2024 Games to Paris, Olympic bid committee officials in the French capital are wasting no time planning the events schedule. On Tuesday, the co-president of the committee, Tony Estanguet, told the Associated Press he is mulling the addition of video gaming to the agenda. Known as eSports, competitive video gaming long ago exited your parents’ basement and entered the mainstream. For proof, one need only turn on ESPN. In recent years, the sports network has begun to air major video game tournaments, which often offer millions of dollars in prizes. With an audience of eSports fans expected to reach 145 million people this year, per data gathered by Fortune, it’s no wonder Olympic officials might seize a share of these viewers, as well. “We have to look at [eSports] because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,’ ” Estanguet told the AP. “The youth, yes they are interested in eSport and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s try if we can find some bridges.” Estanguet added: “I don’t want to say ‘no’ from the beginning. I think it’s interesting to interact with the IOC, with them, the eSports family, to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success.” Estanguet did not offer further details about which games might compose medal events, but there is already a precedent being set for adding eSports to major sporting competitions. The Asian Games will debut eSports as an exhibition event next year before adding it to its official program in 2022. The Olympic Council of Asia announced the decision in April, noting that first the eSports events would appear at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which are set to take place next month. Organizers plan on offering four events featuring four games: Dota 2, StarCraft II, Hearthstone and a sports game, still to be decided, but will be either from the FIFA or NBA series. Dota 2 has emerged in recent years as one of the most lucrative games to play. This year’s largest Dota 2 competition, the International 2017 underway in Seattle, is offering nearly $25 million in prize money, including an $11 million prize for the winning team of five. Obviously, any program in the Olympics would not offer that level of prize money, but medals could be just as valuable in terms of prestige. To add any new sport, however, French officials would have to get the support of the IOC, which could prove a hurdle. In April, IOC President Thomas Bach did not sound convinced that eSports would fit in at the Olympics. “We are not yet 100 percent clear whether eSports is really sport, with regard to physical activity and what it needs to be considered sport,” Bach said (via Inside the Games). “We do not see an organization or a structure that will give us confidence, or guarantee, that in this area the Olympic rules and values of sport are respected and in place, and that the implementation of these rules are monitored and secured.” To become an Olympic event, sports must demonstrate a certain level of international organization, including having a world governing body. (For example, swimming and diving events are overseen by the FINA, international basketball by FIBA, soccer by FIFA, etc.) AP https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/08/08/paris-mulling-inclusion-of-esports-in-2024-olympic-program/?utm_term=.566d32618c7c
  8. Tokyo American Club chosen to be USA House for 2020 Olympics Tokyo American Club has been chosen as the venue for USA House during the 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games, it was announced today. The Club, located in the Japanese capital since 1928, will serve as the hospitality and organisational headquarters of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) during Tokyo 2020. Scott Blackmun, the chief executive of USOC, revealed at the official launch today that the Tokyo American Club had approached them four years ago shortly after the city was awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games. “It’s just excellent in every respect,” he said. “It’s a great facility and a great location, managed by very capable people who believe in the Olympic Movement. “We have a big family who supports Team USA, our athletes, our families, our sponsors, our donors and a great group of people who are here to support the Olympic Games and our team. “So we would like to have a place that has an American look and American feel where they can come and support our team.” Tokyo American Club was established 89 years ago and has been relocated around the capital several times. The present facility in Azabudai in Minato Ward, near Tokyo Tower, opened in 2011. The Club currently has 3,700 members from more than 50 countries. Tokyo American Club Olympic committee chair Dean Rogers, USOC chief marketing officer Lisa Baird, Tokyo American Club President Mike Alfant, USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun and Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda all took part in the launch ©Tokyo American Club “On behalf of Tokyo American Club leadership, members and staff, we are thrilled to welcome Team USA and know it will be an ideal home during the Tokyo Games,” said Club President Michael Alfant. “USA House is a place for celebration of Team USA, and that is a natural fit within a great community at Tokyo American Club. “We are excited for the Games to begin.” At recent Olympics, the USOC had its USA House at the Royal College of Art for London 2012, at the Olympic Park for Sochi 2014 and at Ipanema Beach during last summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro. “Tokyo 2020 gives us the platform and the opportunity to do the unimaginable, which is to stage what we think will be the best USA House ever,” Lisa Baird. chief marketing officer of the USOC, said. Among the guests at the launch were Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, who had led Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 Games. “You have chosen the right place,” he told the USOC. “This is the best facility with a good location and strong security.” https://www.tokyodailynews.com/tokyo-american-club-chosen-to-be-usa-house-for-2020-olympics/
  9. HUngary GP Qualifying Vettel takes pole, Haikkonen P2, Bottas P3 and Hamilton P4 Di Resta replacing unwell Massa qualifies in 19th
  10. http://turnto10.com/sports/olympics/japan-marks-three-year-countdown-to-tokyo-2020-games
  11. Austrian GP Bottas won his second race victory
  12. Formula 1 2018 calendar revealed with first triple-header Formula 1 will have its first triple-header next year, with the French, Austrian and British Grands Prix all due to take place on consecutive weekends. The return of the French and German Grands Prix in 2018 prompted some headaches for F1's chiefs in trying to fit in enough races in to their traditional slots in the calendar. But in a draft schedule released following a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council in Geneva, France has been handed a June 24 slot and will be followed on subsequent weekends by the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone events. Other changes to the calendar include the Azerbaijan Grand Prix taking a slot in late April, with the Russian GP moving to September, where it will form a back-to-back with the Japanese GP. The races in China and Singapore remain subject to confirmation of deals with the commercial rights holder. The FIA has also confirmed the Le Mans 24 Hours will take place on June 16/17, meaning the famous sportscar race will avoid a clash with a grand prix for the second year in succession. F1 chairman and CEO Chase Carey said a lot of effort went into getting the calendar prepared further in advance than in previous years. "We wanted to finalise next season's calendar early, so that all our stakeholders would have more time to prepare and we have managed it, thanks in part through working closely with the FIA," he said. "The number of races has increased by one compared to the current season. "We received numerous requests from those wishing to host a Formula 1 grand prix but we wanted the existing promoters to feel that we are putting all our efforts into ensuring that each race is a special event, so that the fans, our most important stakeholders, can enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience. "If we can do that, then the entire Formula 1 family will reap the benefit." 2018 FORMULA 1 CALENDAR March 25 Melbourne, Australia April 8 Shanghai, China April 15 Sakhir, Bahrain April 29 Baku, Azerbaijan May 13 Barcelona, Spain May 27 Monaco June 10 Montreal, Canada June 24 Paul Ricard, France July 1 Red Bull Ring, Austria July 8 Silverstone, Great Britain July 22 Hockenheim, Germany July 29 Hungaroring, Hungary August 26 Spa, Belgium September 2 Monza, Italy September 16 Singapore September 30 Sochi, Russia October 7 Suzuka, Japan October 21 Austin, USA October 28 Mexico City, Mexico November 11 Interlagos, Brazil November 25 Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/130244/2018-f1-calendar-features-first-tripleheader
  13. CONCACAF Panama 2-2 Honduras Costa Rica 2-1 Trinidad and Tobago
  14. AFC Group A Syria 2-2 China Qatar 3-2 South Korea Group B Iraq 1-1 Japan Thailand 1-1 UAE
  15. OFC Group B Papua New Guinea 1-2 Solomon Islands Solomon Isl will face New Zealand in the OFC Play-offs
  16. AFC Group A Iran 2-0 Uzbekstan Iran qualifies, join Brazil and Russia in the World Cup next year
  17. SKorea leader proposes Asian nations co-host 2030 World Cup SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s new liberal president has offered to co-host the 2030 World Cup with rival North Korea and other Northeast Asian countries as part of efforts to promote peace in the region, his office said Monday. Moon Jae-in made the proposal during a meeting with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Moon’s office said in a statement. “If neighboring Northeast Asian countries including South and North Korea can host the World Cup, I think that would contribute to peace between South and North Korea and in the Northeast Asian region,” Moon told Infantino, according to Moon’s office. “I would like President Infantino to have interests on this matter.” Infantino was quoted as saying he respects Moon’s idea and that he will talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about it when the two meet later this week. China and Japan reportedly want to host World Cup games individually. Also, last week the prospect for Moon’s push to expand cross-border exchanges with North Korea was thrown into doubt as North Korea rejected a Seoul civic group’s offer to provide relief items. Before taking office last month, Moon had said he would try to reach out to North Korea and improve ties badly strained over the North’s nuclear and missile programs. Since Moon’s May 10 inauguration, however, North Korea has conducted several missile launches in a show of its resolve to continue its weapons development program to cope with what it calls U.S. hostility. The two Koreas have been divided along the world’s most heavily fortified border since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea as deterrence against potential aggression from North Korea. The organizers of the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, hope North Korea will take part in the Winter Games. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympics, both held in Seoul, but it has since attended other major international sports events held in the South. South Korea and Japan co-hosted the 2002 World Cup. AP https://www.apnews.com/fa6ae3053a08413b885ee8e0b6ab47c4/SKorea-leader-proposes-Asian-nations-co-host-2030-World-Cup?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP_Sports
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