Industry Shorts: Williams F1, Tokyo 2020

28 Apr 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Formula 1 team Williams has appointed 1920 Worldwide to assist in the development of its new commercial programme.

Following an extensive search, the team appointed the sport and entertainment agency and says the partnership ‘intends to disrupt traditional deal structures and deliver new opportunities for partners and venture developers in Formula 1.’

Tim Hunt, Commercial and Marketing Director of Williams Racing said of the appointment: “Over the past few months, we’ve taken a thorough look at the marketplace as we thought about how to support our new commercial vision and it was clear from the beginning that 1920 understood both what makes Williams unique and what it is going to take to evolve our commercial programme.” 

Simon White, CEO of 1920 Worldwide said: “Williams F1 is an institution, and we are thrilled to join the number one family business in motorsport to help them re-define what’s possible for partners in and around the fast moving world of Formula 1.”

Yoshitake Yokokura, the head of the Japan Medical Association (JMA), has said it will be ‘difficult’ to host the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the summer of 2021 if there is no vaccine to prevent against COVID-19.

“Unless an effective vaccine is developed I think it will be difficult to hold the Olympics next year,” said Yokokura. “I’m not saying at this point that they shouldn’t be held. The outbreak is not only confined to Japan... it’s a worldwide issue.”

Owing to the pandemic, the Games have been pushed back a year and are now set to take place in Tokyo between 23rd July and 8th August 2021, with the Paralympic Games set to be held between 24th August and 5th September.

England Netball has said that no Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) games will take place until at least 31st May, extending its suspension of matches by at least a month.

All of the VNSL clubs and boards took a ‘collective decision’ to extend the postponement, while England Netball says a further meeting will be held in mid-May in order to review the situation.

Bleacher Report has launched a new FIFA 20 tournament which will see footballers take on basketballers in a bid to win the ‘b/r FIFA Belt’.

Footballers, including Manchester United star Jesse Lingard and RB Leipzig and US national team midfielder Tyler Adams, will take on NBA stars including Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard and avid Arsenal fan Josh Richardson and LA Lakers shooting guard and Manchester City fan Alex Caruso in a bid to become the inaugural winner of the competition.