Wed, Aug 29, 2012 - Page 18


Official hit by javelin dies

A 74-year-old athletics official has died after being speared through the throat by a javelin at a junior meet in Germany, officials said on Monday. The official, Dieter Strack, went to measure a throw, but was hit as the javelin landed. He was rushed to hospital for an emergency operation, but died overnight, police said. The local athletic association paid tribute to a “popular and experienced” official who was the victim of a “tragic accident.” “We are deeply saddened by this shocking accident and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time,” the association said. The Rheinische Post newspaper reported that the 15-year-old competitor who threw the javelin was being treated for shock.


Wallabies’ Vickerman retires

Wallabies lock Dan Vickerman has retired from all rugby after struggling to come back from a stress fracture in his right leg. The South Africa-born Vickerman played 63 Tests for Australia, starting in 2002 and culminating with the World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand in October last year. Vickerman played Super rugby for the ACT Brumbies and New South Wales Waratahs and spent three years out of international rugby while he studied at Cambridge University in England, but returned to Australia last year and forced his way back into the Wallabies squad, earning eight Test caps in the season.


Panionios beat Aris 1-0

Panionios held on to beat Aris 1-0 in the opening round of the Greek league on Monday in Athens, despite having two players sent off in the second half. Panionios’ Vassilis Lambropoulos scored after getting a foot to the rebound when goalkeeper Markos Vellidis cleared a header from Leonidas Kapandais in the 14th minute. While Panionios was the better team in the first half, Aris dominated in the second period without really threatening after Lambropoulos and Kapandais were red-carded. On Sunday, defending champion Olympiakos struggled to beat newcomer Veria 2-1.


Sporting lose 1-0 to Rio Ave

Sporting Lisbon is still without a win after two rounds of the Portuguese league, losing 1-0 at home on Monday to Rio Ave from Edimar’s first-half goal. Edimar started the counterattack for the 40th-minute goal with Yonathan Del Valle, who dribbled the ball into the area before cutting it back for the Brazilian defender to bury a shot past goalkeeper Rui Patricio at Jose Alvalade Stadium. Sporting drew their opening match last week. Defending champion FC Porto, Benfica and Braga all earned their first wins of the season in the second round.


Oman board resigns

The board of the Oman Football Association (OFA) has quit in an effort appease FIFA after being threatened with suspension from playing 2014 World Cup qualifiers for breaching rules on taking disputes to court. The resignation on Monday comes after three Oman clubs successfully challenged last year’s board elections in court in June. FIFA reminded OFA last month that it faces “immediate and indefinite suspension” if the court’s ruling award is upheld. Rather than honor the court ruling, the board said in a statement that new elections are now scheduled for Sept. 27. The board says it hoped the new elections would “end the current crisis” and satisfy FIFA ahead of Oman’s next World Cup qualifier, against Jordan on Oct. 16.