Check out Grabyo’s favourite content from the past few weeks across APAC sports, media, and entertainment.
With players forced into quarantine prior to the Australian Open, a variety of tennis stars have taken to social media to document the creative ways in which they have been able to train and entertain their fans. As the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) launched their newly expanded club tournaments for this new season, the official draw for all group stage fixtures were live streamed to their social media platforms from their headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Success from the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosted in Japan has summoned increasing domestic Rugby interest resulting in a new three-tier professional league to launch in 2022. Given the lockdowns that kept most of us at home throughout much of 2020, gaming saw a huge surge in popularity with over two billion tweets on gaming topics.
Australian Open – Tennis Stars make the most of quarantine on social media
Sunbathing by the window, hitting tennis balls against a mattress and sprints in the hotel room, quarantined tennis players get creative as they try to kill time in their hotel rooms before next month’s Australian Open. As more than 70 players have been forced to abide by the strictest safety protocols since landing in Melbourne prior to the Grand Slam, hotel rooms have become de facto gyms for the tennis season’s first major. Many players have taken to social media to share footage of themselves training inside with makeshift facilities, vollets practised against high-rise windows and 5km runs in hotel hallways.
Expanded AFC club competitions official draw via virtual live stream
The AFC Champions League and AFC Cup hosted the official draw for group stage fixtures in its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. The official draw was live streamed to AFC Facebook and Youtube pages. In this new season, AFC Champions League (ACL) will see an expanded format to 40 teams by adding an extra group of four in both East and West Zones and the second tier AFC Cup will increase to 39 clubs from 36. Both tournaments will be held in centralised locations due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.
Japan to launch new Professional Rugby Union League in 2022
A new three-tier professional rugby union league is set to debut in 2022, in bid to raise domestic games to a new level. Rugby union has become an increasingly popular sport in Japan as the country successfully hosted the 2019 Rugby World Cup and achieved great results, as Brave Blossoms reached the quarter finals.
It’s a chilly one today here in Tokyo 🌨️— Japan Rugby (@JRFURugby) December 2, 2020
Let’s warm things up a bit with this little number 🔥😉
Who was watching the moment our Brave Blossoms made it through to their first ever Rugby World Cup Quarter final? 💯
#JPNVSCO #RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/WcPmMKS27i
Japan, Korea, Thailand, India and Philippines among top ten countries tweeting most about gaming in 2020
Gaming saw a huge surge in popularity in 2020 and for the first time, there were more than 2 billion tweets about gaming topics throughout the year. As fans from around the world connected on Twitter to talk about the biggest gaming moments, there was a 75% increase in the number of tweets from 2019, with five Asian countries claiming the top ten spots.