Inaugural Global T20 Canada Shows Potential  of Twenty20 Cricket in North America

Strong performances by Canadian cricketers achieved key mandate of developing Canadian talent

Vancouver Knights’s victory Sunday in the Global T20 Canada (www.gt20.ca) championship match capped off a successful inaugural edition of the six-team league and provided glimpses of the potential of the first Twenty20 league to be fully staged in North America.

Played before a sellout festive crowd at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, the final, between Vancouver and Cricket West Indies B team, showcased the exciting Twenty20 form of cricket. On this stage, fittingly, a Canadian, Saad Bin Zafar made Canadian sporting history producing the performance of his career knocking in 79 runs to lead the Knights to the title, and the champion’s prize of C$500,000.

“Global T20 Canada brought the excitement of pro T20 cricket to Canada, along with many of the world’s top stars,” said Gurmeet Singh, Chairman, Global T20 Canada. “The final in front of a packed stadium and millions of fans watching via TV and streaming shows the sport’s potential not only in Canada, but also in North America, and we plan to achieve many more great milestones in future editions.”

Bin Zafar’s man of the match performance highlighted a strong showing by Canadians in the tournament, achieving one of the league’s key mandates of developing Canadian talent. Continue reading “Inaugural Global T20 Canada Shows Potential  of Twenty20 Cricket in North America”

BBC CONFIRMED AS OFFICIAL RADIO BROADCASTER FOR THE ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019

BBC Test Match Special has secured rights to broadcast ball-by-ball coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, to be held in England & Wales next year. Test Match Special will be broadcast to fans on multiple platforms across the United Kingdom, including on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra, Radio 4 Long Wave and the BBC Sport website.  The broadcast of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is part of a long-term deal with Channel 2 Group Corporation, ICC’s Global Audio Rights Partner, who hold exclusive rights to sub-license audio rights to ICC events until 2023. The deal will ensure that TMS covers all the ICC’s major events through to the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India – including the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in 2021 and the men’s and women’s ICC World Twenty20 events.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “Next year is going to be as big as it gets as fans look forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup with anticipation. That the ball-by-ball coverage of the tournament will be broadcast on BBC Test Match Special is great news, it is part of the fabric of our game and has tremendous reach on multiple platforms across the United Kingdom.”

Ajay Sethi, Chairman – Channel 2 Group Corporation, said: “BBC TMS has an incredible fan base, who have been enjoying cricket coverage for over 60 years, and so we are thrilled to have partnered with TMS until 2023. We now look forward to securing additional radio broadcasters to ensure all cricket fans worldwide are given the chance to listen to coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.” Continue reading “BBC CONFIRMED AS OFFICIAL RADIO BROADCASTER FOR THE ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019”

2CELLOS RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR “SEVEN NATION ARMY”

Set to Perform at UEFA Champions League Final On May 26
In anticipation of their upcoming appearance at the UEFA Champions League final, 2CELLOS release a new video for their exhilarating version of “Seven Nation Army,” the anthemic indie rock song known for its underlying riff by The White Stripes. Filmed in-studio in Croatia, the video shows Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser rocking out to the iconic song while sporting the jerseys of Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC – the two competing teams in the UEFA Champions League final. The audio track is also available now via all download and streaming services.
 
We love a great riff and we love big drums – and they don’t get much better than in ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes,” said 2CELLOS. “We thought, why not play both on our cellos? We had a blast filming this video, and we especially can’t wait to perform this song at the UEFA Champions League final – It will definitely be a moment to remember!
 
On Saturday, May 26 in Kyiv, Ukraine, 2CELLOS will perform versions of the UEFA Champions League anthem as well as “Seven Nation Army” before Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC get the UEFA Champions League final underway. Just moments before the biggest match in club football commences, Luka and Stjepan will give their own special performance of “Seven Nation Army” as anticipation builds for the two teams to exit the tunnel. Once the players from Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC have entered the field of play, the dynamic instrumental duo will then begin to perform their version of the iconic UEFA Champions League anthem.

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Bollywood meets Cricket – This is the Superstars Club for T20-2018

Eros Now comes on board as Title Sponsor for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eleventh season of T20

Mumbai, 5th April 2018: Eros Now, the cutting edge digital over-the-top (OTT) South Asian entertainment platform of Eros International will be the Title Sponsor of Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the upcoming season of T20 commencing April 07, 2018. Leveraging the nation’s two biggest attractions – Bollywood and Cricket, Eros Now becomes one of the first OTT player to come on board as a sponsor of a league team at IPL 2018.

The collaboration is a part of the company’s endeavour to build a true digital video brand with the Indian users and provide the best of entertainment the country has to offer. At the heart of the association is the value Eros Now paid subscribers will get through the season of 2018 to win match tickets, exclusive merchandise and a centre field view with the captains at the coin toss. The thrilling, action-packed matches along with various social media and video content on Eros Now will keep fans engrossed through the T20 season.

Speaking on the announcement, Rishika Lulla Singh, CEO, Eros Digital, said, “The innovation with Royal Challengers Bangalore is a perfect mélange of sports and entertainment and enables our endeavour to connect with our youth and offer a consumer experience bringing stars from the cricketing and Bollywood world together. By integrating with RCB and T20, Eros Now is investing in other entertainment vehicles to share our vision and passion of presenting the best in entertainment. RCB have garnered tremendous support and confidence in their partners and fans and we wish the team good luck this season”.

 Amrit Thomas, Chairman, Royal Challengers Bangalore said, “We are delighted to have a leading entertainment entity like Eros Now on board as RCB’s title sponsor. Continue reading “Bollywood meets Cricket – This is the Superstars Club for T20-2018”

Brampton’s Powerade Centre to be Renamed as CAA Centre

New naming rights agreement for one of the GTA’s largest sports and entertainment complexes commences this spring

BRAMPTON, ON (MARCH 22, 2018) – Realstar Group, one of Canada’s leading real estate investment and management enterprises, is proud to announce a new 10-year sponsorship agreement with CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) that includes transferring the naming rights of Brampton’s landmark 5,000-seat arena. It is expected that the rebranding transition from Powerade Centre to CAA Centre will be completed by late Spring 2018.

Built in 1998, the multi-purpose arena has become the city’s sports and culture hub, hosting hundreds of events each year including major sporting events, headlining concerts and trade shows, and is the home of ECHL’s Brampton Beast Hockey Club.

“On behalf of the City and my colleagues on the Council, we welcome CAA’s investment in Brampton. We look forward to many years of working together to bring Bramptonians exciting sporting and cultural experiences,” said Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “This arena has been a visible landmark to the Brampton community and surrounding area. It has hosted and supported local sports teams and significant cultural events that showcase the wonderful diversity of our vibrant city.”

CAA recently made a significant investment to relocate and renovate its Brampton retail store, located at 215 Delta Park Blvd, and the new CAA Centre, builds on that established community presence.

The CAA Centre is part of a strategy to provide the 56 million CAA and AAA members across North America with increased access to cultural experiences and benefits beyond roadside assistance. Continue reading “Brampton’s Powerade Centre to be Renamed as CAA Centre”

The CAS Felicitates IAF Young Achievers in the Field of Sports

 Motivates them to Focus on Olympics 2020

In an impressive ceremony organised by the Air Force Sports Control Board in New Delhi on 12 Feb 2018, sportspersons who have achieved laurels for the nation and for IAF were felicitated by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff.  The ceremony was attended by top IAF officials.

During his address, the CAS expressed his happiness on meeting with the achievers and advised them to keep the momentum going on.  He told that the strong will power and desire to succeed combined with the correct technique is the mantra of success at International level competitions.  He further emphasised on the importance of possessing high degree of fitness, zeal, enthusiasm and a strong will in order to sustain and achieve excellence in the field of sports in today’s competitive world. He praised the hard work of young achievers and motivated them to focus on Olympics 2020.   He said that world class sports infrastructure has been developed at many AF stations for utilisation by our sportspersons and promised that all the required support will be rendered by the IAF in their quest to clinch glory for the nation. Continue reading “The CAS Felicitates IAF Young Achievers in the Field of Sports”

Markham to host 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships

GO CANADA GO!

The City of Markham is set to host the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships from November 5 to 18, 2018 at the Markham Pan Am Centre in partnership with  Badminton Canada and  Badminton Ontario.

The Markham Pan Am Centre is recognized as a world class venue that hosted four sold out events during the  2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games, including badminton. Celebrating our Canadian identity through sport unites our community and makes the City an international sports destination.

“Let’s cheer on Team Canada as we welcome the world to Markham,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Our state of the art facility, which was built with badminton in mind, is the perfect venue to watch the world’s best compete. Markham loves badminton, and this competition will not only create a strong sense of community, it will inspire young athletes to pursue excellence in sport.”

For the 600 athletes from over 55 countries, this is a rare opportunity to showcase their skills while competing on Canadian soil. This is only the third time in the history of the sport that Canada has hosted a World Badminton Championships.

“It is another opportunity to promote badminton in one of our developing confederations and I am sure Markham will be a great host,” says Poul-Erik Hoyer, President, Badminton World Federation (BWF). Continue reading “Markham to host 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships”

City of Toronto celebrates renaming of Christie Pits ice rink in honour of Sid Smith

On January 15th, 2018, City Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) and City of Toronto staff officially renamed the skating rink at Christie Pits Park in honour of Sid Smith and Toronto’s hockey history. The renaming ceremony, a family-friendly event, gave the public an opportunity to celebrate the newly named Sid Smith Artificial Ice Rink with Toronto Maple Leafs alumni and participate in free skating at Christie Pits Park.

In addition to skating, attendees were able to view a photo display of some of Smith’s memorable moments from his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Special appearances by Toronto Maple Leafs alumni who knew Smith included Dick Duff. Duff won two Stanley cups in 1962 and 1963 and is an inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Smith was his team captain.

“It is my pleasure to name the rink in Christie Pits in honour of Sid Smith, the eighth captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sid Smith lived in the neighbourhood and would often return from practice with the Leafs to play shinny with his neighbours,” said Councillor Layton. “As a player, he exhibited many of the qualities all persons participating in sport should strive for. Generations of skaters and hockey fans will now have the opportunity to share the ice with Sid on Sid Smith Rink.”
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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Official Poster unveiled at Moscow Metro

With just three days to go to the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in the Russian capital, the famed Moscow Metro held the unveiling of the last remaining visual icon of the event. For the 2018 issue of the Official Poster, the renowned Russian artist Igor Gurovich chose legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin as a central figure of his work.

“The Official Poster of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is a true reflection of Russia’s artistic and football heritage,” commented FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura. “We are very proud of this beautiful landmark asset that portrays such an important icon and celebrates the coming tournament on Russian soil.”

“It was very important for us to portray Russia as the Host Country in the Official Poster,” added theChairman of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee Vitaly Mutko, “that’s why Lev Yashin was choosen, a symbol of Russian football, as the main figure. I’m sure that the poster will become one of the most memorable symbols of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and that fans and participants alike will approve of it.”

Yashin played in four FIFA World Cups – 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 – and remains the only goalkeeper in the history of football to win the Ballon d’Or. In the poster, he is dressed in his traditional outfit of black shirt and shorts, knee brace and his famous cap. He is shown reaching for the ball, one half of which is a typical football from Yashin’s era, with the other depicting the vast landmass of Russia as seen from space, reflecting a key inspiration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup brand, that of Russia’s achievements in space exploration. Continue reading “2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Official Poster unveiled at Moscow Metro”

Marriott International Announces Partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in Canada

Members of Marriott Rewards and SPG Can Get Exclusive VIP Access to Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Event
Marriott International, the country’s leading lodging company, is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), making Marriott International the preferred hotel company for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 100 million+  global members of Marriott’s three loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guests (SPG), including the more than 3.7 million members in Canada, will be big winners with the partnership. Members will be able to redeem points on Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments for once-in-a-lifetime hockey themed experiences with players and legends of the game.

“The cross country popularity of hockey makes the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment an ideal partner to provide members of Marriott Rewards and SPG with once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” said Don Cleary, President of Marriott International Canada. “We know that Canadians – more so than ever – travel for experiences and our partnership with the Toronto Maple Leafs unlocks the potential for memorable travel.” Continue reading “Marriott International Announces Partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in Canada”