Taiwan team assembled
Taiwan has assembled a team of ultrarunners who are to compete in the 100km category of the World Championships organized by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU). The team is made up of three male and female runners and is to depart for Doha tomorrow, where the race is scheduled to be held on Friday, according to the Chinese Taipei Association of Ultrarunners. This is the first time an ultramarathon national team is being sent from Taiwan, the association said, adding that it will be headed by chairman Wu Sheng-ming. Runners from 39 countries will compete in the World Championships, according to data on the IAU’s official Web site.
FIFA warned over report
UEFA would have to consider leaving FIFA if the governing body does not publish in full US attorney Michael Garcia’s report into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, German Football League president Reinhard Rauball said. Rauball told Kicker magazine he also wants FIFA to divulge what was not evaluated in Garcia’s report and “whether it was justified to leave these things out. That has to be made public. It’s the only way FIFA can restore some of its lost credibility.” Rauball was responding to German judge Joachim Eckert’s ruling that while there were concerns over aspects of the Russia and Qatar winning bids to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 respectively, it “was far from reaching any threshold” to run a re-vote for the tournaments — a ruling that was harshly contested by Garcia. Garcia indicated he will appeal Eckert’s decision to close the case, saying it was based on “materially incomplete and erroneous” interpretation of his own findings — 430 pages of investigative work sealed by FIFA from public scrutiny. Asked about possible action, Rauball said: “One option, which would have to be seriously considered, is certainly whether UEFA should leave FIFA.”
Polish officials arrested
A prosecutor said on Saturday that the head and the deputy head of the Polish Volleyball Federation have been put under temporary arrest on charges of corruption concerning the organization of this year’s world championship, which Poland won. Warsaw Prosecutors’ Office spokesman Przemyslaw Nowak said that, on a motion from the prosecutors, a Warsaw court has ordered a three months’ arrest for the two men, pending further investigation into a case involving public officials and a large amount of money. The federation said in a statement earlier that in spite of the situation, it was fully capable of performing its duties and was convening a board meeting on Monday.
Ajmal’s action straightening
Suspended Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has substantially improved his suspect bowling action, but he still needs work to return to being within the legal limit, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Saturday. The 37-year-old was reported during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka in August and after a biomechanical analysis in Australia was suspended until another official assessment by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Before going for his official test with the ICC, the board sent Ajmal to Loughborough, England, to have an unofficial assessment as a precautionary measure and the board said the unofficial test was satisfactory. “biomechanist Dr Mark King has reported that Ajmal has modified his ‘bowling action substantially,’” the board said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there