Marin faces sentencing
The first bigwig convicted in the US in the FIFA corruption scandal that disgraced world soccer awaited sentencing yesterday. Prosecutors are seeking 10 years in prison and a US$6.6 million fine for former Brazilian Football Federation president Jose Maria Marin, who was convicted of accepting bribes from sports marketing companies in exchange for contracts to broadcast major tournaments. Citing his age and frail health, prosecutors are asking that he be sentenced to 13 months in prison. Marin was one of the FIFA executives arrested in May 2015 at a luxury hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, in a raid requested by the US. Marin was imprisoned immediately after his conviction on Dec. 22 last year on six counts of racketeering, money laundering and bank fraud.
Newman blasts Muslims
Former player Sam Newman yesterday sparked controversy after lashing out at Australia’s Muslim community, saying they “share no common interest” with the rest of the nation. Newman, who cohosts the Footy Show, was reacting after two leading Muslim players embraced in a show of solidarity before a game last weekend. Richmond’s Bachar Houli and Essendon’s Adam Saad hugged in a planned silent protest during the coin toss after Australian Senator Fraser Anning used a speech in parliament to urge “a final solution” to immigration. He was widely condemned, but Newman said the Australian Football League (AFL) was playing with fire by allowing political debate in the sport. “Keep out of our minds... Let people go to the games and not be lectured on politics,” he said on his Sam, Mike and Thommo podcast. However, he also took aim at the Muslim community, saying: “70 percent of the people would agree with [Anning’s] sentiment. There are 600,000 Muslims in Australia, they share no common interest with what we’re on about. They have no common values, they preach to a different deity, they don’t generally nationalize, they colonize and this has been a huge problem in Europe and is becoming a huge problem in America. Why would the AFL think they’re being virtuous by getting those boys to shake hands? They’re being divisive.”
Serena highest-paid woman
Serena Williams was the highest-paid female athlete for a third consecutive year this year, according to an annual list published by Forbes on Tuesday that was dominated by tennis players. Williams, who returned to competition in March, earned US$62,000 in winnings over the past year, but received US$18.1 million from an endorsement portfolio, Forbes said. Williams, who is to try to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles at the US Open, earned twice as much off the court as any other female athlete, Forbes said. Dane Caroline Wozniacki was second with combined earnings of US$13 million, while reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens was third with US$11.2 million. Spaniard Garbine Muguruza (US$11 million) and Russian Maria Sharapova (US$10.5 million) rounded out the top five. Indian badminton player P.V. Sindhu (US$8.5 million) and retired race car driver Danica Patrick (US$7.5 million) were the only non-tennis players to crack the top 10, filling the seventh and ninth spots respectively.
APPROPRIATE RESPONSE: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan expressed ‘sincere regret’ for publishing the image on its in-house magazine and Web site A satirical mock-up depicting the Tokyo Games logo as the novel coronavirus has been pulled from online after Olympic organizers branded it “insensitive” and said that it infringed copyright. The design combines the distinctive, spiky image of the coronavirus cell with the blue-and-white Tokyo Games logo. It appeared on the cover of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan’s magazine. The Tokyo Games have been postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and halted sport worldwide. Club president Khaldon Azhari yesterday said that the club had decided to withdraw the image and remove
Uncertainty grips next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympic Games: Will there be fans or empty stadiums in 14 months? How will thousands of athletes, staff members and technical officials travel, be housed and stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic? And the Tokyo Games are not the only event. China, where COVID-19 was first detected, is to hold three mega-sports events in the year after the Tokyo Olympics are set to close. The World University Games in Chengdu, China, are to open, with up to 8,000 athletes, only 10 days after the Tokyo Games close. Next come the Beijing Winter Olympics beginning on Feb. 4, 2022,
The COVID-19 pandemic has stalled young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas’ burgeoning career, but he remains philosophical about the tennis shutdown. The world No. 6 would have been preparing for the French Open that was originally scheduled to start this weekend, but was postponed to September. While he is missing life on the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas believes that the lockdown has given the planet a breather. “I actually think they should put us in lockdown once a year — it’s good for nature, it’s good for our planet,” Tsitsipas said in an Instagram Live conversation for At Home With Babsi on Eurosport’s Instagram page. “I
When South Korea’s domestic women’s golf tour held its premier event last week — without spectators because of the COVID-19 pandemic — no fewer than three of the world’s top 10 players took part. The country of 52 million people has a disproportionate share of the women’s world golf rankings, providing eight of the current top 20. In a demonstration of their prominence, South Korean women have won at least one major every season since 2010, with coronavirus cancellations perhaps the biggest threat to their run this year. The phenomenon, players and commentators have said, results from driven parents, intense training, a highly