Industry Shorts: World Rugby, ASICS

14 Nov 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

World Rugby has confirmed that the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) has ‘expressed its regret’ following comments made by its CEO Mark Dodson in the build-up to the nation’s defeat to Japan in its final pool match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The governing body says the SRU won’t contest the £70,000 fine it has been hit with as a result and adds that the matter is now closed. World Rugby’s Independent Disputes Committee found that Dodson’s comments brought the game into disrepute.

ASICS has announced the growth-stage sport startups that will take part in the latest edition of the brand’s TENKAN-TEN accelerator programme.

Two UK-based companies, Racecheck - a race discovery platform to allow participants to enter and review races around the world - and OME Health - a personalised nutrition software which seeks to help people make healthy decisions about food - will be part of the programme.

The accelerator invests €30,000 into each company as well as giving them access to ASICS executives.

Nike has announced that it will stop selling directly to Amazon.

The sportswear brand launched a pilot programme with the online retailer in 2017, but has now put an end to the arrangement in a bid to sell directly to customers instead and avoid fake merchandise.

British Curling’s National Academy has installed a network of cameras to improve athletes’ performance.

The national governing body will use the Axis Communications AnalysisPro suite of training solutions at its new National Academy, built with a £3.15m UK Sport grant awarded after the sport’s success at the Winter Olympic Games Sochi 2014.