Hungarian dies in training
Hungarian boxer Andras Nagy died on Thursday during a training stint in Melbourne, Australia, ahead of a light heavyweight bout he was preparing for later this month, the president of his country’s boxing federation said. Nagy suffered a brain hemorrhage on May 1, Sandor Csotonyia told reporters. Nagy, 23, died after twice unergoing emergency surgery, Csotonyia added. The fighter, who had won his first three pro bouts, arrived in Australia in January in a bid to earn some money and study English and had scheduled a first contest Down Under on May 22.
Bolt back on track
Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt returned to training on Thursday for the first time since he crashed his car in a ditch along a Jamaican highway last month. The treble Beijing gold medalist showed no ill effects when he trained for the first time in more than a week. “He came out today just to feel himself out,” Bolt’s coach Glen Mills said. “He did some strides just to feel how his foot feels. He still has a slight discomfort, but nothing major.” Bolt crashed his car in a ditch along a rain-slick road on April 29. He later had a procedure on his left foot to remove thorns that he stepped in as he exited the car. Bolt had the stitches removed on Tuesday. Bolt is slated to race a 150m at the Manchester Street race on May 17, but Mills said it was still too early to say if Bolt would run.
Canadians tout seal skin
Canadian parliamentarians want their Olympic team to wear seal skin on their uniforms at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games in protest of a EU import ban on seal products. Local news reports said on Thursday that an according — non-binding — motion from the Bloc Quebocois was supported by all parteies and that the Games from Feb. 12 to Feb. 28 are to promote seal products. Opposing seal hunting carried out by Canada and ther countries, the EU on Tuesday decided on an import ban for all seal products. However, Canadian Olympic Committee president Mike Chambers was quoted as saying that seal products on the uniforms would politicize the Games.
Andretti sets the pace
Marco Andretti is the fastest driver after the first full day of practice for the Indianapolis 500. Thirty-two drivers were on the track on Thursday, with Andretti’s top lap at 225.478mph (362.85kph). Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe were next, followed by defending champion Scott Dixon and his Ganassi teammate Dario Franchitti. Robert Doornbos was the fastest rookie and seventh overall. The slowest was Stanton Barrett, who finished his rookie test.
Three international beach volleyball tournaments scheduled for Mexico this month were postponed because of concerns over the swine flu outbreak. Events in Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta will be pushed back to June, and the one in Baja California will be played in September, Roosevelt Comarazamy, a spokesman for the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Federation, said on Thursday. The primary international circuit, FIVB Swatch Tour, does not have any events scheduled in Mexico, but the women’s junior world championships are scheduled for Tijuana and Mexicali from July 16 to July 25. A contingency plan was in place if Mexico was deemed unsafe, the FIVB said.