Qatar sponsors FIFA

May 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

DOHA, 9 May 2017: FIFA confirmed Sunday Qatar Airways will be its “official airline” for a host of major tournaments, including the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, the latter to be hosted by the emirate.

The deal, announced via statements from both organisations, comes days ahead of FIFA’s annual congress, and just weeks after football’s corruption-tainted governing body announced a USD369 million loss.

“Qatar Airways is an ideal partner for FIFA as we prepare for the first-ever World Cup in the Gulf region,” said FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura. Read more

Vietnam chases gambling dollars

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 6 February 2017: Punters in gambling-mad Vietnam cheered the easing of a ban on sports betting Saturday, as the communist government moves to bring a booming black market industry above board.

Vietnam has long barred locals from gambling of any form, allowing only a few foreigner-only casinos.

But the law is widely flouted — especially in the run-up to major sporting events — when millions of dollars change hands through illegal gambling dens or online betting rings. Read more

France pockets Euro 2016 profit

January 13, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 13 January 2017: Hosting the Euro 2016 football tournament cost France less than 200 million euros (USD211 million) but brought some 1.22 billion euros into the country, according to figures released by the ministry of sports Tuesday.

There was controversy over the public funds poured into the tournament, with some 24 million euros — double the expected cost — spent on security in light of an increased terrorist threat.

The state spent a further 160 million euros on building and renovating venues for the June and July event, while private funds and tournament organiser UEFA covered the remaining costs. Read more

Qatar looks for new sponsorship deals

December 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

DOHA, 15 December 2016: Qatar Airways, the outgoing shirt sponsor of Spanish giants Barcelona, is talking with other football clubs about potential deals, the company’s chief executive said on Monday.

Akbar Al-Baker though refused to say if the Gulf carrier is now looking towards a potential sponsorship deal with a team in the English Premier League.

“We are looking at negotiating further with clubs that will give a very good reflection of our brand,” said Al-Baker. Read more

Football mourns plane crash

November 30, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

LA UNIÓN, COLOMBIA, 30 November 2016: The football world mourned, Tuesday, after a plane carrying a Brazilian team crashed in the mountains in Colombia, killing 71 people, but miraculously leaving six survivors, officials said.

Football legends Pele and Maradona as well as current superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo led tributes to the players of Chapecoense Real, a humble team whose march to glory was cut abruptly short.

Having risen only recently from obscurity, the team was on its way to play in the finals of the Copa Sudamericana, South America’s second-biggest club tournament, when disaster struck. Read more

Man U greats plan hotels

October 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 27 October 2016: Manchester United greats Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have teamed up with a Singaporean billionaire to open football-themed cafes and hotels in Asia, a spokesperson for the tycoon said Wednesday.

The two sportsmen and Peter Lim, owner of Spain’s Valencia football club and Singapore-based property developer Rowsley Ltd, are looking at opening the first Cafe Football outlet in Asia in 2017, the spokesperson said.

Neville told Bloomberg News the outlet will be in Singapore. Read more

Qatar backs Sydney Swans

August 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

DOHA, 24 August 2016: Qatar Airways has branched into a new sport signing a deal with Australian Football League team Sydney Swans, the airline announced on Tuesday.

The three-year deal will allow Qatar Airways to give “prominent branding” at Sydney’s home games and at the club’s training grounds, the airline said in a statement.

“We strongly believe in connecting with our global travellers through their passion for sport, and have been looking for the right partner for Qatar Airways in Australia’s sports arena,” said the carrier’s CEO, Akbar Al Baker. Read more