AFP, Chinese firm to launch Asian Internet sports service

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ANILA--French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) and the Hong Kong-based Internet firm have signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a pan-Asian interactive sports service called

The agreement covers all of Asia, and will be initially available in English and Chinese, extending to other Asian languages in its second stage. The service, which will provide coverage of local-level sports and major international events, will launch in the first quarter of 2000.

AFP will produce the news content for the Web site, while will be responsible for sales and marketing, including Web design and support. The Chinese Internet company will also sell advertising space on the site.

Founded five years ago, has some 400,000 subscribers to its three Internet sites --,, and It offers Internet advertising services to marketers in Southeast Asia, Greater China, Japan, South Korea, India and Australia through an alliance with Internet sales house 24/7 Media.

Copyright December 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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