17 Jun 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

Dame Louise Martin is set to be re-elected unopposed as President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

The CGF confirmed that Martin, who is nearing the end of her first four-year term, will not face a rival for the role at the organisation’s general assembly in the Rwandan city of Kigali from 3rd-6th September.

Martin, who became a Dame Commander in the 2019 New Year’s honours list, was installed as the CGF’s first female President when she replaced Malaysia's Tunku Imran at the helm in 2015.

A decision on potential changes to the financial, sporting and technical regulations for the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship has been delayed until October.

F1 will hold a number of meetings in the coming months after agreeing to defer making a final decision on the changes following discussions with the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and some of the series’ other stakeholders, including teams and drivers.

F1 had expected to present the new rules for approval this month. However, some teams have called for a delay.

F1 said: “While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship’s key stakeholders feel the core objectives outlined for the future set of regulations have been defined, in the interests of the sport it was agreed that the best outcome will be achieved by using the extra time for further refinement and additional consultation.”

The BBC’s in-house sports unit will continue to produce the Sports Personality of the Year for at least three more years after winning a competitive tender.

The deal will run until 2021, with the BBC having the option of extending the arrangement by two years until 2023.

The BBC will remain responsible for production and event management for the annual two-hour show, as well as a preview show that is broadcast on the BBC News channel.

According to reports,  BBC’s division overcame rival pitches from Sunset+Vine and Whisper Films/Done+Dusted. 

England’s 1-0 FIFA Women’s World Cup win over Argentina on 14th June attracted a peak television audience of 5.4 million and a 28.8% audience share, plus an additional 490,000 live programme requests for those watching on BBC iPlayer and online.

Earlier in the day, a peak of 1.2 million viewers, representing an 18% audience share, watched the Scotland v Japan match, with 175,000 live programme requests lodged with the iPlayer and online services.