Reg: Okt 2001
Inga engelska översättningar av Tanikawas presskonferens verkar finnas, men här är en google translate version av en fransk artikel (online translation, så ursäkta diverse underliga formuleringar.
Ryktet som gått om om K-1´s död har varit lite överdrivna.
K-1 skulle utöka sammarbetet mellan Dream och strikeforce, men nu blev ju strikeforce uppköpt av ufc, så det gick åt pipan.
finansierings problemet är löst via kinesisk bank efter diverse politilk
K-1 (och Dream) kommer att ingå i ett nytt bolag
Förhandlingar med TV bolag pågår.
Jordbävningen försenade allt.
DREAM,. K-1 WGP och MAX evenemang är på väg.
Det första DREAM eventet för året var planerat till början av april, men är nu försenat pga jordbävningen till troligen slutet av april.
Mr. Tanikawa: The first FEG event of this year was to be the Strikeforce of 10 April 2011 and already the Makuhari Messe hall in Chiba area (near Tokyo) was reserved. But the CBS TV network that broadcasts the Strikeforce was not packed and the project fell through. We wanted the Strikeforce still holds an event in common with DREAM and we had even planned to invite Scott Cocker, Director of Strikeforce coming to Japan to attend a press conference.
We had heard a rumor that the UFC wanted to buy the Strikeforce but honestly we do not believe. Cocker With Scott we still have not addressed this issue and we do not know how to handle this case in the future. If the press conference was delayed FEG is also partly because of this story gave all our projects from scratch.
We really wanted to hold a press conference in early March. And inside we had to announce the new position of FEG, including with respect to the K-1 World Grand Prix and the K-1 World Max. Negotiations for funding with PUJIA Captial went well, but political issues such as Sino-Japanese conflict over the Senkaku Island (the two countries compete for this country), or the earthquake had delayed our negotiations. But we can say that talks with Puji and the situation in Japan well ahead.
The name and structure of the new organization will take over FEG are already decided and registered with the authorities. The new company will be a Holding Company "Rights" * nor FEG (the company owner of K-1 led by Mr. Tanikawa) nor Real Entertainment (the company introducing the DREAM events, chaired by Mr. Sasahara) does disappear and manage the events in the future. Even when investors are asking is that we will hold our first event and if negotiations with broadcast channels televise result we will take a big step.
Our initial project was somewhat shattered with the redemption of Strikeforce by Zuffa and earthquakes in Japan and therefore the DREAM is fully reviewed. For the DREAM we expected a room in April but we have to review the content from the beginning so we''''re thinking about. Regarding the K-1 I leave you the surprise until the next announcement. We can only say that the World Grand Prix will be held in many overseas and the World Max Japan will essentially.
The Wold Max count the same number of events than in previous years (or 4). The World Grand Prix events will count more abroad and the Final 16 tournament final. There are demands from certain regions of Japan to organize events so we will try to organize something separate from the World Grand Prix. In terms of TV broadcasting will be discussed after having established our new organization. We are not yet able to announce anything but we are talking almost daily with leaders of TVs.
Mr. Sasahara: Regarding the dates of events for 2011, we are still collecting the necessary information to know what has become the Strikeforce. We must therefore review the timetable we had imagined. We hope to arrange at least five events this year, including December 31.
Regarding the famous tournament of the Bantam Weight DREAM we can not say anything yet. The deadline approaches so we also need to decide quickly. We hope to organize it but as there are now consequences of the earthquake we can not provide. If we organize something we hope that this is an event that could give courage to the victims.
Regarding the Japan GP Bantam Weight ** (hosted by Kato and Sakakibara) , where the word "Japan" would not be normal that there is not the word "world". Due to the change of status of Strikeforce we may be having to change the concept. We hope to reach the organization of a tournament to determine a champion Bantam Weight but like the K-1, a light category is feasible only in the presence of a heavy category.
The Japanese, as well as foreigners must build together the heavy and light categories. If ever DREAM aims to penetrate the Asian market then a heavy category will be more than necessary. TV broadcasting tournaments DREAM is still relevant because we have no timetable. The record must show that the TV channels is still incomplete and so we can move forward in the discussions.
Except that the two broadcasters channels TBS and Fuji TV have probably a desire to stop the spread of combat sports. It will take time but surely we will, I am, to finalize the negotiations. And if you wonder if the DREAM disappear, in fact ... No it's a joke, ç an'arrivera not.
* "Rights" is a company comprising a network of elite athletes and organizing conferences and Events involving them. This management group therefore has a strong relationship with the media and with different backgrounds such as academic, events etc ... Rights includes various disciplines of sports ranging from football to ultimate frisbee through aerobics and skating . Two professional fighters were part of this network, it is Katsuhiko Nagata (Dream and former silver medalist in wrestling) and Rumina Sato (Shooto). Yuji Shimada, the most famous referees of PRIDE and DREAM is also member.
** According to some sources on Batam Weight Japan GP Kato and Sakakibara, originally scheduled for April 18 would be postponed to April 26 due to earthquakes and other disasters that have disrupted the implementation. Some Japanese veterans who take part in this tournament have confirmed the report and the course: quarterfinals and semifinals in the same evening and finally the final in May.
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