Buenos Aires to host Games
Buenos Aires will host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games after beating the Colombian city of Medellin in an International Olympic Committee vote on Thursday. Glasgow was eliminated in the first round of voting and the Argentine capital won 49 votes to Medellin’s 39 in the second round. Four Buenos Aires bids for the senior Olympics, the most recent for the 2004 Games, have ended in rejection. “We won on our experience in staging major sporting events and the compactness of the venues,” Gerardo Werthein, president of the Argentine Olympic Committee, told reporters. “We have bid four times for an Olympics, this event is tailor-made for our country, for our possibilities.” The choice of Buenos Aires appeared to break with an unwritten principle that the Youth Games should be staged in cities which are too small to have any hope of staging the senior Olympics.
Riis aware of doping: report
Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen has told anti-doping authorities Saxo-Tinkoff manager Bjarne Riis knew about widespread doping in his team, but the manager is unlikely to face disciplinary action, a newspaper wrote on Thursday. Rasmussen told anti-doping authorities that Riis had “full knowledge of the widespread use of doping substances in his cycling team,” citing “several sources with knowledge of the matter,” daily Politiken reported. Rasmussen himself declined to confirm the report, which surfaced on Wednesday. It came as the Saxo-Tinkoff team owner left the Tour de France on Wednesday, denying his exit was linked to a Danish probe into the use of doping by cyclists. Riis won the 1996 Tour de France, but admitted in 2007 that he used banned substance EPO to secure victory — despite that his win has not been officially erased from the record books.
Vettori out for six months
Injury-plagued New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori announced yesterday that he will be sidelined for at least six months, but refused to call time on an international career stretching back 16 years. Vettori said he had informed New Zealand Cricket he could not accept a Black Caps’ contract for the upcoming season as he knew much of the year would be spent in rehabilitation after an ankle operation. The 34-year-old said it would be at least six months before he knew whether he could make a return to full fitness and he would make a decision on his future then. The left-armer is New Zealand’s second-highest Test wicket taker with 360 scalps in 112 matches and has also contributed 4,516 runs to bolster the Black Caps’ often fragile batting. He has set himself the goal of becoming only the second Test player after India’s Kapil Dev to take 400 wickets and score 4,000 runs.
NRL fines seven clubs
Seven clubs in Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) have been slapped with fines for breaching salary cap provisions in an echo of the 2010 scandal that saw the Melbourne Storm stripped of two championships. The clubs were fined a total of A$503,407 (US$460,000) after the league completed an audit of last season, the NRL said in a statement. The Cronulla Sharks were the hardest hit with a A$150,000 fine, with the other affected clubs in the 16-team league fined between A$4,700 and A$144,393. The Storm were plunged into crisis in 2010 after the NRL stripped them of their 2007 and 2009 titles, and fined them A$1.7 million for cheating the salary cap over several years.