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SIS Pitches nets further Russian World Cup stadiums

Six of the 12 stadiums to host games at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia will have a hybrid pitch in place.

The reinforced natural turf system, SISGrass, will be installed at both the Mordovia Arena and Samara Arena later this year; marking the fifth and sixth stadiums in Russia to receive a SISGrass makeover.

SISGrass is an advanced hybrid pitch technology featuring patented fibre injections, which offers increased pitch stability and delivers considerably more playing hours than 100% natural grass surfaces.

Manchester shows interest in WTA Finals

Manchester representatives have shown interest in hosting the WTA Finals from 2019.

The season-ending tournament features the best eight female players of the year has one year to run on the current deal with Singapore.

London’s 02 arena has held the men’s equivalent tournament over the past eight years, with more than 250,000 people attending every November.

The WTA, which began in 1972, was held in the US until 2000 and has also taken place in Munich, Madrid, Doha and Istanbul.

USA, Canada & Mexico make World Cup joint bid

The United States, Canada and Mexico have announced they will be making a joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

As part of the proposal, the USA is set to host 60 matches, with ten games each in Canada and Mexico.

It is only Canada that is yet to host the men’s FIFA World Cup, with the USA hosting in 1994 and Mexico hosting in both 1970 and 1986. Canada did however host the 2016 Women’s World Cup.

Newcastle to stage European club rugby finals

Bilbao and Newcastle will host the Champions Cup, Challenge Cup and Continental Shield finals in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

As a result of the announcement, 2018 marks the first time the games will be staged outside traditional rugby union countries, with Spain's national team 18th in the world rankings.

The two finals will be played at the San Mames Stadium, home of La Liga football side Athletic Bilbao in 2018, and Newcastle United's St James' Park in 2019.

CHHP launches BXR clinic

Harley Street Clinic has teamed up with London boxing gym BXR London, to launch the BXR powered by CHHP clinic.

The partnership will see CHHP taking over three treatment rooms within the gym, including ‘The Anthony Joshua Room’ that operate as fully integrated specialist services.

All under one roof, the clinic combines the very latest in specialist medicine, human performance, sport and exercise medicine, physiotherapy and sport science.

Man Utd to face Spanish & City rivals in US

Manchester United will play five games in the USA this summer, including matches against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City in the club’s tour 2017, presented by Aon.

The Premier League club will kick-off pre-season in North America with two games against Major League Soccer (MLS) sides, taking on Los Angeles Galaxy at the Stubhub Centre on Saturday 15th July, followed by a match against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Monday 17th July.

Ascot opens new enclosure

Ascot racecourse has announced the opening of the new ‘Village Enclosure’ for Royal Ascot 2017 (Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th June).

The first new enclosure to open at the Royal Meeting for more than 100 years is located on the inside of the track looking back towards the final Furlong with Ascot’s Grandstand as a backdrop.

The new space is a ‘pop-up’ summer scene comprising informal dining experiences, bars, and live music throughout the day and into the evening.

London set for Women's Tour finale

London will host the final stage of The Women's Tour on Sunday 11th June, as the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan helped Olympic champion Katie Archibald unveil the route for the 2017 race, which takes place from 7th to 11th June.

The fourth edition of the race will also include stages in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire and Derbyshire, plus a new charity partnership with Breast Cancer Care to celebrate 25 years of the pink ribbon.

Disneyland Paris to host Table Tennis World Cup

Disneyland Paris has been announced as the host of the 2018 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Men’s World Cup.

The matches are set to be hosted at the Disney Events arena between the 19th and 21st October 2018.

20 players qualify for the men’s and women’s tournaments through their respective Continental Cups, making them the second most prestigious events on the table tennis roster, behind the World Championships.

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