Round-Up: AFC CL challenges, NZC confirms home tours, Guangxi Zhuang aims for $15bn sports …

Clubs in the AFC Champions League East Zone are facing logistical hurdles to complete their matches in the competition, including clashes with domestic leagues, pressure from domestic broadcasters and tight movement restrictions due to the pandemic – Reuters

Video Assisted Refereeing will be used in AFC club competitions for the first time today, in the AFC Champions League quarter final between Al Nassr and Al Ahli in Doha, Qatar – AFC

Guild Esports, the new esports organisation backed by David Beckham, has raised £20m (€22m/$26m) in investment and plans to float on the London Stock Exchange this Friday – Reuters/CNA

World Athletics is launching a new event in 2023, the World Athletics Road Running Championships. The launch was announced along with other changes to the athletics schedule – WA

New Zealand Cricket has confirmed upcoming home tours by the West Indies and Pakistan, with tours by Australia and Bangladesh in March next year expected to soon get the green light – Reuters/CNA

The Pakistan Cricket Board is seeking to settle outside of court a dispute with the owners of the Pakistan Super League franchise teams. The teams have filed a petition against the PCB to the Lahore High Court claiming they have lost billions of rupees in the competition due to the failure to create a viable financial model – The Hindustan Times

The Pakistan Cricket Board has said it will not be able to schedule an outstanding home Test match against Bangladesh this year. The Test was due to be played in April. The PCB said it will look at dates next year – Times of India

Indian digital media platform Dailyhunt has agreed a content partnership with Indian Premier League team the Chennai Super Kings. A special hub on the Dailyhunt platform will host exclusive CSK content including videos and photos – exchange4media

Long-standing Cricket Australia executive and former national team player Belinda Clarke is stepping down from the cricket board after 30 years. Clark was most recently Executive General Manager, Community Cricket. Previous roles included Executive Officer of Women’s Cricket Australia. She will remain as a director of ICC T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee until that tournament takes place in Australia – Yahoo! Cricket

The sports bureau of the Chinese province of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region announced investments designed to create a regional sports industry worth RMB100bn ($15bn/€12.5bn) by 2025. The investments include the creation of the China-ASEAN Sports Industry Park, an industrial park to house companies involved in sports equipment manufacturing and other sports-related sectors. Later developments will include the building of more than 100 sports complexes, more than 1,000 community fitness centres, and more than 10,000km of ‘fitness trails’ – SportsMoney.cn

The Hangzhou Marathon became the latest in a series of marathons in China to confirm it will run this year. The race will have 10,000 runners, although only those from Hangzhou province will be allowed to take part. It will run on November 22 – SportsMoney.cn

China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and General Administration of Sports announced a five-year plan to develop horse racing in the country, running 2020 to 2025 – SportsMoney.cn

Mikako Kotani, an Olympic bronze medallist in synchronised swimming for Japan at the 1988 Olympics, is set to be appointed sports director of the 2020 Tokyo Games organising committee – Kyodo News

Mayo and Calder, the events company dropped by America’s Cup organiser Team New Zealand for allegedly leaking secrets, faces losing its contract with rival team Prada, which has said it is reviewing the deal – Stuff.co.nz

The Korean women’s basketball league, the WKBL, announced the schedule for its 2020-21 season. It will start on October 10 and run until March 15, with an All Star game on January 10. Free-to-air television channel KBS1 will cover the opening game – My Daily/Naver

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