Rugby sevens’ Olympics debut in 2016 may help the sport’s shortened format enjoy a surge in interest similar to that experienced by Twenty20 cricket, England’s leading rugby official said.
Tennis’s ATP World Tour Finals should be given a similar tax waiver in the U.K. as soccer’s Champions League, Wimbledon’s outgoing head said.
England’s Rugby Football Union appointed Ian Ritchie as chief executive officer.
The ATP World Tour Finals and other British tennis tournaments may lose access to players unless the U.K. stops taxing foreign athletes’ endorsement income, Wimbledon officials said today.
Ian Ritchie, who has been in charge of the All England Lawn Tennis Club since 2005, will leave the host of the Wimbledon Championships to become the new head of England’s Rugby Football Union
Wimbledon organizers will waive their all-white clothing rule for players and re-seed the grass courts at the All England Club for the 2012 Olympic tennis tournament.
Richard Lewis, chairman of England’s Rugby Football League, will become chief executive officer of Wimbledon, the All England Lawn Tennis Club said on its website.
England rugby’s interim manager Stuart Lancaster was given the full-time job today by the country’s board to lead the squad through the next World Cup.
Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN acquired television rights to the Wimbledon tennis tournament, ending NBC’s run of showing the tournament after 43 years.
Andy Farrell will remain as Saracens coach after turning down a chance to join the England national team staff, the Premiership rugby club said on its website.
"I think being an Olympic sport in Rio in 2016 gives it a fantastic growth opportunity."
- Ian Ritchie on Nov 06, 2012