Doctors get manners training
More than 60,000 Beijing medical personnel will take manners courses so that people who fall ill during next year's Olympics Games are not further traumatized by the city's often unfriendly hospitals, the First newspaper reported yesterday. The Beijing daily said the topics would include "cultural etiquette, Olympic knowledge and professional morals" as well as basic English medical terms. Participation is mandatory for doctors and nurses at 22 hospitals and clinics designated as official Olympic medical facilities, the paper said. Desperate to project a good image during the games, Beijing has launched a number of campaigns to discourage bad behavior by some of its citizens and its famously surly police.
J-League player arrested
A player in Japan's professional J-League was arrested yesterday on suspicion of having sex with a 15-year-old high school student while knowing she was a minor, the Nikkansports newspaper reported on its Web site. Jubilo Iwata midfielder Naoya Kikuchi, 22, admitted to the allegation after being arrested by police, the report said. According to police, Kikuchi had sex with the student in a parked car late last month. The police identified Kikuchi after the girl brought them a wallet containing his driver's license. Kikuchi tried to give her US$82 in cash and forgot the wallet in the basket of her bicycle. The girl was unaware the man was a professional soccer player, the report said. Kikuchi, who played for Japan at the Athens Olympics, joined the professional club in 2003.
Swearing striker sacked
S-League striker Kim Grant has lodged a complaint with FIFA and the Singapore FA after being sacked by his club for swearing. The former Charlton Athletic front man was shown the door by Geylang United for indiscipline, Singaporean media reported. "Grant breached the rules when he used the language at the office in front of a few other players as well as other staff," Geylang general manager Ong Yeok Phee told the Today tabloid. "The vulgarity was targeted at the club ... we felt it was unacceptable." Grant said he had lost his temper following a spat over his home leave entitlement. "I admitted it was an error and I apologized for it," the 34-year-old said. "It is part of my culture and I did not say it to anyone's face ... I looked down and exclaimed angrily. I did not think it would hurt anyone."
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Alonso feeling uneasy
Double world champion Fernando Alonso said on Tuesday he felt a little uneasy with the euphoria surrounding McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton's impressive start in Formula One. Briton Hamilton celebrated his first Formula One victory on Sunday, keeping his cool to win a chaotic Canadian Grand Prix and take an eight-point lead over Alonso after six races. "From the first moment I wasn't completely comfortable with everything [at McLaren]. I am in an English team, with an English team mate, who is doing brilliantly," Alonso told the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. "We knew all the help and support would be for him. It is something I understand and I don't complain." When asked if he felt some of the mechanics in the team celebrated Hamilton's successes more than his, Alonso said: "I have sensed it a little, but I understand it, it's an English team."
A sudden shortage of locks in Australian rugby union has opened the door for Matt Philip to reclaim his Wallabies jersey, but the Melbourne Rebels player says that the uncertainties wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have left him with a difficult choice. The Australian yesterday named Philip among 16 Rebels players either set to leave the Super Rugby club or seriously considering it, underscoring the challenge Rugby Australia faces to retain talent. Linked with a move to Section Paloise Bearn Pyrenees, commonly referred to as Pau, in France’s Top 14, Philip said that he had yet to settle his playing future, and
As professional soccer returned to Denmark, fans used Zoom to be part of the action. Thousands of Danish soccer fans on Thursday logged on to the conferencing software and were transported to Ceres Park for a league match between AGF and Randers that heralded the resumption of the nation’s pandemic-affected soccer season. While the stadium itself was without fans, the faces of thousands of supporters who joined the Zoom call were shown on giant screens that ran along one side of the pitch. Families wearing club shirts and scarves cheered inside their living rooms. Some were seen clenching their fists in joy after
DRIVING AMBITION: ‘I was excited by playing at the Olympics ... Who knows what’s going to happen? Hopefully, I could have a chance to win a medal,’ Tiffany Chan said After just three tournaments this year, a chance of Olympic glory postponed and two weeks alone in quarantine, golfer Tiffany Chan could be forgiven for feeling sorry for herself. Instead, Hong Kong’s first LPGA Tour player is sporting a broad grin and taking the positives from the game’s COVID-19 shutdown, determined to establish herself in the fiercely competitive world of women’s golf. The talented 26-year-old kept herself fit physically and mentally during the lockdown, and is happy to be back on the fairways since the easing of coronavirus restrictions last month. “When I came back to Hong Kong [in March], I actually did
It is the land of the world champions, but is it really a soccer country? That is the question that some in France have been asking this week while its European neighbors work to bring the sport back after the COVID-19 shutdown. Debate has raged ever since Ligue 1 decided in late April to bring a premature end to the season with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. By contrast, two weeks have passed since the Bundesliga restarted, while Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora on Thursday confirmed that Serie A would return on June 20, and La Liga and the English Premier