Olympians receive welcome
A group of Taiwanese Olympians arrived in London on Sunday to a warm welcome from Taiwanese expatriates in Britain, including Taiwan’s representative to the UK, Shen Lyushun. More than 150 Taiwanese expatriates residing in the UK gathered at London’s Heathrow Airport with huge national flags and banners reading “Greetings to the Republic of China’s Olympic Delegation.” Many people in the welcoming group were Taiwanese students who traveled to London from Liverpool or Bristol, spending hours on the train to give their compatriots a warm welcome, which was described by volunteer airport staff as the most passionate they had seen to date. Among the well-wishers was Transition, a British three-member indie band that spent the past few years touring Asia while based in Taiwan.
Carolina Kluft out of Games
Former Olympic heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft will miss the London Games after suffering a hamstring injury on Sunday, her coach said. The 29-year-old Kluft, who switched to the long jump after a glittering career in heptathlon, suffered the injury while competing in Kuortane, Finland. “There will be no Olympics for ‘Carro,’” Oscar Gidewall told Radio Sweden. “It’s not her shin that put a stop to it today, even if she feels it a little, she has a problem with a tender hamstring that she hasn’t felt for several years.” Kluft ran through the sandpit on her first jump on Sunday, then took no further part in the competition.
Vettel demoted for passing
Defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was demoted to fifth at the German Grand Prix on Sunday after receiving a 20 second penalty for passing Jenson Button. Vettel was handed the penalty for his maneuver past McLaren’s Button on the penultimate lap and dropped back having initially finished second, 3.7 seconds behind race winner and world championship leader Fernando Alonso of Spain. German Vettel received a drive-through penalty after he passed Button by running off the track at a hairpin exit, which race stewards found to be illegal. “Car 1 left the track and gained an advantage when he rejoined. Breach of article 20.2 of the FIA Formula 1 sporting regulations,” the stewards ruled. The 25-year-old Vettel claimed he had only run wide to avoid a collision with his English rival.
Drogba makes big entry
Didier Drogba made an instant impact on his debut for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on Sunday, setting up his new team’s equalizer in a 1-1 draw away to Guangzhou R&F. The former Chelsea striker started the game on the bench, but came on at halftime, almost scoring with his first touch of the ball — an outrageous 40-yard free-kick that Guangzhou goalkeeper Cheng Yuelei tipped wide. Shenhua had struggled in the first half after falling behind to an unfortunate own-goal by Brazilian defender Moises on 21 minutes, but the introduction of Drogba instantly transformed the visitors’ fortunes. The game had been one of China’s most eagerly awaited this season, with Drogba-fever having swept the Chinese soccer world. Former Japan national team coach Philippe Troussier, now managing Chinese second division side Shenzhen Ruby, and Italian World-Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi, manager of Guangzhou Evergrande, were in the stands.