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Indian Premier League: China's Vivo dropped as cricket tournament sponsor

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Vivo, a China-based smartphone manufacturer, has signed a sponsorship deal until 2022
India's cricket board has announced it will drop Chinese smartphone company Vivo as the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year.Vivo paid a sum of $300m ([/img]

Other IPL sponsors - Paytm, a digital payments company, Swiggy, a food delivery application, and Dream 11, an online fantasy league - are also connected to Chinese-based internet companies.Meanwhile, India has also taken steps to ban as many as 59 popular Chinese apps, including TikTok, in the country recently.Earlier this month, the cricket board announced the tournament would be held in the United Arab Emirates from 19 September.The 53 IPL matches, including the final on 10 November, will be played across Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.The Twenty20 competition, originally due to start on 29 March, was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.It is one of the richest tournaments in the world, attracting some of the sport's biggest names. Teams are owned by business tycoons and Bollywood celebrities, who pay millions to buy and sell players for their teams.
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