Missing chips cost runners
Two Indian orphans lost out on a much-needed payday as they could not afford the US$4 for timing chips in their shoes, media reported yesterday. The 18-year-olds, Sunita Kanna and Savita Kamble, members of a local sports trust for orphans, came fourth and fifth in the Mumbai women’s half-marathon, the Hindustan Times said. Kanna would have won US$500 and Kamble US$400 if they had the chips embedded in their shoes. “In hindsight, we can think that we lost some money,” Kamble told the paper. “But that doesn’t matter. We enjoy running and next time we will have another shot at getting the prizemoney.” Their coach, Bhagwan Nagargoje, said the trust would have had to borrow money to buy the chips. “We came here to test waters and never expected anything. So we thought ‘why add to our expenses?’” he said. “It is my fault.” Race manager Homiyar Mistry confirmed the pair were recorded in the official finish list, but would not get the prize money.
Fan shot in chest
A man was shot following a pre-season match between Penarol and Nacional in another bout of soccer violence in Uruguay, police said on Sunday. He was taken to hospital after being shot in the chest as rival fans clashed outside the Centenario stadium following Saturday’s game, police said. Media reports said the man, who has not been named, was in intensive care and that his condition was serious. Police added that 93 people were arrested before, during and after the match. The Uruguayan championship was suspended for two weeks in November after supporters fought on the pitch following a match between Danubio and Nacional. The tournament was again suspended last month after police declared Danubio’s stadium unsuitable to host Penarol.
CFA names new head
Nan Yong was named to replace Xie Yalong as head of the struggling Chinese Football Association (CFA) yesterday. Xie has faced criticism for the poor performance of China’s men’s team, and the promotion of his deputy had been rumored for months. The CFA gave few details in announcing the change, although the Titan sports newspaper quoted a top-ranking official acknowledging the challenges. “Although right now Chinese football is not in good shape, I hope the new leaders can improve it,” Cui Dalin, deputy sports minister, told the Titan.
Pranger wins in Wengen
Austrian Manfred Pranger won the men’s World Cup slalom in Wengen, Switzerland, on Sunday to record his third career victory four years after his last win. The 30-year-old timed 1min 40.36sec over the two legs with his fellow Austrian Reinfried Herbst and Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic in second and third, 34 and 39 hundredths behind respectively. Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Grange could only finish sixth but still stays atop of the slalom standings.
City receives cash boost
Canadian lawmakers gave Vancouver, host of next year’s games, the power on Sunday to borrow nearly C$500 million (US$400 million) to finish its Olympic Athlete’s Village. With just 13 months left before the games, the global financial crisis has threatened construction of the facility. The project’s New York lenders, Fortress Investment Group, cut off funding last fall to the private developer of the village, leaving Vancouver on the hook to guarantee the project.