Lawmakers trying to restore the reputation of the scandal-plagued US Olympic Committee want to reinforce its ethics policies. \nSenators added language to USOC reform legislation on Thursday spelling out new ethics provisions, including conflict of interest language, an anti-discrimination policy and gift and travel guidelines. \nSenator Ernest Hollings said the new guidelines are needed because the current ethics policy clearly has not worked. \nThe ethics provision was added as the Senate Commerce Committee sent chairman John McCain's bill to the full body for consideration. A draft of a House bill, which has yet to be introduced, also includes a compliance officer and written standards of conduct. \nThe existing USOC ethics policy is less than two pages long and broadly worded. The committee has not had an ethics officer since Patrick Rodgers quit in January to protest the committee's decision to let CEO Lloyd Ward keep his job despite ethics violations. Ward later resigned under pressure. \nThe USOC general counsel and ethics committee have been handling ethics issues in the meantime, said USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel. \nHollings' amendment spells out nine points that must be covered in the new ethics policy, ranging from conflicts of interest to a ban on loans from the committee to its employees. \nThe amendment also requires the USOC to establish a "transparent and objective set of criteria" for cities vying to host the Olympics. Some who led San Francisco's bid to host the 2012 Olympics believe the city lost the competition to New York because a member of the team evaluating bids also was involved in redevelopment of the World Trade Center. \nSenator Barbara Boxer, who co-sponsored the ethics amendment, said she supports the change. \nThe USOC reform bill, sponsored by McCain and Sen. Ted Stevens is built on the recommendations of the USOC task force and an independent Senate-appointed commission. It would replace the USOC's current unwieldy governing structure with a streamlined board of directors and a large Olympic Assembly to act as an adviser on sports issues.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very