Committee gets new chief
Tsai Chen-wei (蔡辰威), a veteran sports promoter, took over the helm of Taiwan's Olympic committee from Huang Ta-chou (黃大洲) yesterday. A ceremony was held at the National Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (NCPFS), with Wu Ching-kuo (吳經國), a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), NCPFS Minister Chen Chuan-shou (陳全壽), Chen's deputy Huang Chi-huang (黃啟煌), and leaders in the domestic sports sector in attendence. Tsai will begin by preparing for the 2006 Asian Games to be held in Doha, Qatar, Dec.1 to Dec. 15, and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Tsai will also remain chairman of the ROC Sports Federation.
Pierre Lueders on a roll
Pierre Lueders of Canada won his second straight World Cup bobsled event in Koenigsee, Germany on Sunday, setting a track record in the four-man race. Lueders, who won the two-man race on this fast track, teamed with Ken Kotyk, Morgan Alexander and Lascelles Brown to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 37.26 seconds. The Canadian quartet set the track record on the first run with a time of 48.42 seconds. Todd Hays of the US was fourth after the first run but finished second as his unit clocked 1:37.46. Rene Spies of Germany took third in 1:37.57. Martin Annen of Switzerland remained atop the World Cup standings.
Asashoryu in the hunt
Grand champion Asashoryu overpowered Hakurozan in Tokyo yesterday to stay one win off the lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Rank-and-filer Hokutoriki leads the 15-day tourney with a perfect 9-0 record. In the day's final bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Asashoryu held a firm grip on Hakurozan's belt and forced the fourth-ranked maegashira out to improve to 8-1. Hakurozan fell to 2-7. The Mongolian Asashoryu won all six tournaments last year and is gunning for a record eighth straight Emperor's Cup here.