■ TABLE TENNIS
Taipei Open canceled
The Taipei Open professional table tennis tournament, which was due to begin next month, has been canceled after organizers said yesterday that they could not find a venue to hold it. The event had been scheduled to take place from June 11 to June 15 at the Taipei Gymnasium, which is owned by the city government. But a refurbishment project that began last month to pave the way for next year’s Deaflympics meant the venue could not be used, said Lin Hai-ching, deputy secretary-general to the Chinese Taipei Table Tennis Association. Attempts to move the Open to the Taipei Arena were fruitless as the venue had already been booked for another event.
Wie to play German Open
US teenager Michelle Wie, troubled by a wrist injury for more than a year, will make only her third appearance of the season in this week’s Ladies German Open. It will be the first time the 18-year-old Hawaiian has competed in a full-field Ladies European Tour (LET) event. “They gave me a sponsor’s exemption and I thought, ‘Wow, Munich,’” Wie told the LET’s official Web site on Tuesday. “I have never been there and it’s a great opportunity. I found at the last tournament I was really rusty and I need to play more tournaments.” Wie’s two previous appearances this year were on the LPGA Tour, at the Michelob Ultra Open in Virginia earlier this month and at the Fields Open in Hawaii in February. “I feel a lot healthier and I want to start playing more and playing some good golf,” said Wie, now studying fulltime at Stanford University. “My goal is just to have fun and keep my head on straight and shoot some low scores. I’ve never played in Germany before.”
Head of J-League says sorry
The J-League chairman apologized to Kazuki Ganaha yesterday after the Japan international striker won his appeal against a ban for taking a vitamin injection. “We must accept the ruling,” J-League chairman Kenji Onitake said at a press conference in Tokyo. “We caused him a lot of hardship for a year and there are things we need to reflect upon.” On Tuesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned a six-match suspension imposed by the J-League in May last year. A CAS panel of three arbitrators ruled an infusion of saline and vitamin B1 given to Ganaha by the doctor at his club Kawasaki Frontale “was a legitimate treatment ... within the meaning of the 2007 World Anti-Doping Agency Code.” Ganaha, who has played six times for Japan, appealed last December. In May last year, the J-League imposed the suspension on Ganaha and fined Kawasaki US$100,000. Ganaha said the vitamin injection was given after he complained of flu-like symptoms.
Woods set for Open return
Tiger Woods is set to return at next month’s US Open even though his recovery from a knee operation has sorely tested his patience, he said on Tuesday. The 32-year-old had hoped to play in this week’s Memorial tournament in Dublin, Ohio, an event he has won three times, but decided he was not ready. “The knee is doing better,” said Woods at a media day in Bethesda, Maryland for the AT&T National tournament he hosts. “The rehab is working. I’m just trying to get this thing organized for the Open and I’m right on schedule for that. As far as the rehab [is concerned], it’s basically right on pace. it’s been boring but the leg is starting to gain some strength.”