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Sports Round-Up | UEFA, IOC and Ronaldo

A round-up of today's breaking sports business news stories including: UEFA's plan to continue with the 12-city Euros format, the IOC's 'Playbook' and the Premier League, Ronaldo and Barcelona the most popular in China.


UEFA still planning for 12-city Euros


UEFA are continuing with plans to host the Euros across 12 cities, despite rising concerns regarding the COVID-19 crisis across Europe, suggesting the tournament may have been held in one country, as had been traditional in the past.


"UEFA is committed to holding Euro 2020 in the 12 cities originally planned," said UEFA president Alexander Ceferin in a statement. "I am optimistic that things are highly likely to be very different with regard to the virus as we move closer to the tournament and it is important that we give the host cities and governments as much time as we can to formulate an accurate picture of what will be possible come June and July"


IOC set to reveal Tokyo Olympics 'Playbook'


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will publish a 'Playbook' next month, informing stakeholders what will be expected of them in Tokyo. The announcement comes after rumours of the Tokyo Olympic Games once again being cancelled this year.


“Our task is to organise an Olympic Games, not to cancel an Olympic Games. That is why we are working day and night to organise a safe Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, and this is why we will not add fuel to all these kinds of speculations," said IOC president Thomas Bach.


“If we would think it was irresponsible and if we would think the Games would not be safe, we would not go for it.”


Premier League, Ronaldo and Barcelona top China report


Digital Sports Agency Mailman has revealed the Premier League, Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona top the popularity rankings in China, in their respective categories.


The Premier League were named the most popular league, beating its closest contenders La Liga; Barcelona were the most popular club, topping rivals Real Madrid (2nd); and Juventus forward Ronaldo topped the player popularity charts, over Neymar (2nd) and Lionel Messi (3rd).


BBC secures World Athletics Indoor Tour rights


The BBC has obtained the broadcasting rights to all five of the World Athletics Indoor Tour meets for 2021.


The meets will kickstart in Karlsruhe, Germany, tomorrow (January 29) and end on February 20 in Madrid, all of which will be available on BBC's digital platforms.


Roc Nation hires former Mets GM Van Wagenen


Roc Nation Sport's has hired former New York Met's general manager Brodie Van Wagenen to become their chief operating officer.


“Brodie’s knowledge of the business is indisputable and unparalleled. Since we first worked with Brodie, we realized the shared commitment to athletes on and off the field. He’s always been extended family and now it’s official," said founder Jay-Z (Shawn Carter).

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