Chen wants ‘Dream’ walk-up
Taiwanese pitcher Chen Wei-yin of the Baltimore Orioles has picked Mandarin pop idol Jay Chou’s latest hit, Dream, as his new walk-up song at Orioles home games. Chen will begin using the song when he rejoins Baltimore’s starting rotation next week at the earliest and will become the first major league pitcher to use a Mandarin tune to set the mood for his entrance. The left-hander previously used US rapper Nelly’s Just a Dream as his walk-up song. The 27-year-old said he wanted to introduce Taiwanese pop music to US baseball fans through Chou’s new hit. “Although I’ve lived abroad for many years, I’ve never stopped listening to Mandarin songs and I hope to share my favorite tunes with American baseball fans,” Chen said. Dream was composed by Chou, with the lyrics written by famous Taiwanese ultramarathon runner Kevin Lin.
FIFA plans joint 2030 cup
FIFA wants the centenary World Cup in 2030 to be jointly staged by Uruguay and Argentina, who met in the final of the inaugural tournament, Argentine Football Association president Julio Grondona said on Thursday. In 1930, Uruguay, then the double Olympic champions, beat Argentina 4-2 in the showpiece match at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo in front of a crowd of more than 80,000. “FIFA wishes to celebrate the World Cup’s 100 years in Argentina and Uruguay, I can confirm that,” said Grondona, also senior vice-president of world soccer’s governing body. “[An agreement] has been signed by the two associations. What will we do? We’ll see, but surely something of quality,” he told Argentina’s Radio 10.
S Korea okays North’s visit
The South Korean government yesterday authorized the North Korean women’s soccer team to enter the South to take part in the East Asian Cup, amid fresh attempts to ease tensions between the political rivals, its Unification Ministry said. “The government on Friday authorized the visit of the North Korean women’s soccer team which will be participating in the 2013 East Asian Cup,” the ministry said in a statement. It will be the first time in more than four years that a team representing the North visits the South. The championship runs from July 20 to July 28 in Seoul and Hwaseong. South and North Korea, China and Japan are to contest the women’s finals.
FIFA suspends Cameroon
Cameroon were suspended from international soccer on Thursday, just 15 minutes after they had been boosted by the news that they were being awarded three World Cup qualifying points for an unrelated matter. The provisional ban imposed by FIFA due to government interference in the country’s soccer federation came soon after Cameroon learned they would go top of their qualifying group because Togo had fielded an ineligible player against them. “The FIFA statutes oblige member associations to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties,” world soccer’s governing body said in a statement. FIFA said a committee would be set up to revise the local soccer body’s statutes and organize elections, and that the ban would be lifted once the authorities “allow the new normalization committee to enter the [soccer body’s] headquarters and to carry out its activities unhindered.” If that does not happen by Sept. 6, then Cameroon will not be able to play their final World Cup qualifier against Libya.