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Staff writer, with Agencies

ULTRARUNNING

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.

SOCCER

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.”

VOLLEYBALL

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.

CRICKET

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.

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