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Gabon is ready to play its part in staging a successful 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, according to tournament organisers. The country, located on the west coast of Africa, was awarded the rights to co-host the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) showpiece tournament with neighbour Equatorial Guinea in July 2007. The 2012 Cup of Nations is set to commence on January 21 with the draw for the competition taking place on Saturday.
FC Barcelona has announced its intention to take its FCB Campus initiative to India in 2012, stating the country is “important and strategic” for the club. Barcelona has linked up with Conscient Football for the project, which will grant aspiring young Indian footballers the chance to be trained under the famous club model.
Stacey Allaster is set to stay on as chairman and chief executive officer of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) through to 2017 after it was announced this morning that she had received the unanimous backing of the body’s board of directors. The board announced that Allaster, who was installed as head of the WTA back in July 2009, is set to become the second-longest serving CEO in the Association’s history. Allaster has overseen record revenues, broadcast exposure and prize money increases since starting in the role, despite having to steer the WTA through the global economic crisis
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has slammed suggestions that the concept of relegation and promotion could be scrapped, dismissing the idea as “scare-mongering”. Last week saw Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers’ Association, state that some of the foreign owners in the Barclays Premier League want to abolish the relegation and promotion system in the top flight sparking great debate within English football circles. Liverpool’s American owner John Henry has already dismissed the idea as “complete nonsense,” telling The Associated Press it “hasn’t been discussed”.
The United States is set to host two Formula One grands prix in 2013, with various reports stating that a race around the streets of New Jersey is likely to be announced this week. F1 will return to the USA next year with a November event in Austin, Texas, but according to the Wall Street Journal, another race will be staged at a street circuit in Weehawken and West New York along the Hudson River in June 2013