Sailing: US and Italy-based manufacturer Harken will return as the official supplier of specialist equipment including winches, blocks, traveller systems and mast car systems for the 2017/18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, having partnered with the 2014/15 race. The round-the-world sailing challenge begins in Alicante in Spain on 14th October.
Surfing: California-based eyewear brand Electric has become a sponsor and supplier of the newly formed Chinese Olympic Surf Team. The partnership was launched as the team toured Orange County and competed in their first friendly event alongside the San Clemente High School Surf Team, who are the US national champions.
Swimming: American swimmer Lia Neal, a two-time Olympic medallist who won two golds at the Fina World Championships in Budapest last month, has signed a personal endorsement and supply deal with swimwear brand TYR Sport.
Soccer: Bookmaker Dafabet has become the front-of-shirt sponsor of two Kenyan soccer teams: top-tier National Super League club Wazito and Shabana FC, who play in the second-tier Division One. The Wazito deal includes a clause whereby the club take a 20 per cent share of all bets placed on Dafabet with a Wazito FC tag.
Horse racing: Hotel Indigo Bath, a 166-room boutique hotel due to open in the south-western UK city in 2018, will be an official business partner of Bath Racecourse until December 2018.
Ice hockey: British ice hockey team Swindon Wildcats, who play in the English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL), have agreed a sponsorship deal with Bristol-based recruitment firm ManagerHired.