Cilic denies faking injury
Croatia’s Marin Cilic on Wednesday denied allegations that he had pulled out of this year’s Wimbledon Championships by faking a knee injury to disguise a failed drug test. Cilic was banned for nine months last week for testing positive for a banned supplement, while the International Tennis Federations’ independent anti-doping tribunal on Tuesday published the full findings of his case. Cilic said in a statement that although he cannot discuss his case until it has concluded at the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, he wanted to “address certain media reports which have suggested that I feigned an injury at Wimbledon.” The 24-year-old did not mention the tribunal’s findings that stated that he “withdrew from Wimbledon, citing a knee injury to avoid adverse publicity” from a failed drugs test. Cilic said that he had “already developed a significant knee injury before Wimbledon and aggravated it during my first-round match.”
London gets hosting rights
London has been chosen to host the world track cycling championships in 2016, the International Cycling Union announced on Wednesday at the world road race cycling championships. Britain, which boasts the world’s most successful track cycling team, has hosted the event several times in recent years. After Manchester in 1996, 2000 and 2008, London’s Olympic velodrome is to play host to the championships for the first time in 2016.
White leaves Brumbies
ACT Brumbies coach Jake White tendered his shock resignation to remain in South Africa after being overlooked for Australian national coach, the club said yesterday. White steered the Brumbies to a Super 15 final this year to cap an ascendant two seasons for the Australian franchise, but the club said he requested a release from the remaining two years of his contract after Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie pipped him for top post at the Wallabies. “To have Jake decide that he wants to pursue his international coaching ambitions from South Africa at this late stage is disappointing. He has achieved a great deal for the Brumbies and we felt he certainly had more to offer,” Brumbies CEO Andrew Fagan said. “But I understand his reasons for seeking the release. He was obviously very disappointed in missing out on the Wallabies job and he sees his best opportunity to further his international coaching career is from South Africa.” A “shocked “ Fagan said White, who coached the Springboks to victory in the 2007 World Cup, also had two sons in South Africa who he wanted to spend more time with.
Lee banned for fixing
British snooker player Stephen Lee was handed a 12-year ban for match-fixing on Wednesday that will effectively end his top-level career in the game. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) said in a statement that the former world No. 5 was barred from playing until Oct. 12, 2024, which will be his 50th birthday. Lee, 38, was also ordered to pay ￡40,000 (US$64,200) towards the “considerable” costs of the investigation and hearing. He had denied the allegations, which relate to seven matches played in 2008 and 2009 including the UK and world championships, and indicated he would appeal. The WPBSA had described it as “the worst case of snooker corruption we’ve seen.”