Super Cupasking the world body to stick to its earlier stand of barring corruption-tainted persons from contesting elections. I am disappointed with the outcome of IOA meeting which adopted resolution that allows tainted officials to contest elections. I think this kind of restriction can be misused and totally misplaced. I think it falls short of what IOC has proposed to IOA, Jitendra wrote in the letter to IOC President Jacques Rogge. The Government of India supports the original line adopted by IOC that tainted officials not be permitted to contest elections, he said. We cant let the athletes suffer. Athletes should not suffer because of sinful administrators, he added.
Club warned for sheep slaughter
UEFA says it has warned Champions League participant Shakhter Karagandy that it could face disciplinary action if it continues the ritual slaughter of animals before matches. The club from Kazakhstan killed a sheep last week at the Astana Arena the day before beating Celtic 2-0 in the playoffs. In Glasgow ahead of Wednesdays return match,Shakhter coach Viktor Kumykov suggested the ritual could be repeated. UEFA says its competitions department wrote to inform Shakhter that animal slaughter was not acceptable in or around our competitions. UEFA says the Kazakh club would face sanctions if it happens again.
Bastian fit for Super Cup
Bayern Munich playmaker Bastian Schweinsteiger could be fit for Fridays Super Cup showdown with Chelsea in Prague after an injury he picked up on Tuesday was less serious than initially feared. The Germany international,who had foot surgery in the close season and raced to be fit in time for the Bundesliga start,limped off with a strained right ankle in the 78th minute at Freiburg after going down unchallenged. Medical examinsation showed that he had a strained ankle,said the club,and that the player would be treated intensively.
Willian joins Chelsea
Willian has become the latest addition to Chelseas attacking options after completing his move from Anzhi Makhachkala. Having been on the verge of joining Premier League rival Tottenham,Willian has signed a five-year deal at Chelsea after being granted a British work permit. The 25-year old Brazilian,who can play on the wing or behind the striker,only joined Anzhi from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in January but the big-spending Russian clubs owner recently decided to slash the budget.
Lamela to join Tottenham
Roma striker Erik Lamela is joining Premier League side Tottenham. The Italian club says it has agreed to sell the Argentina striker for 30 million euros ($40 million),with the fee potentially rising by 5 million euros ($7 million) depending on his success at the London club. Tottenham has yet to comment on the deal. Roma also announced they have signed 21-year-old Serbia attacking midfielder Adem Ljajic on a four-year deal from Fiorentina for 11 million euros.
Murder suspect in line for bonus
The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance to help murder suspect Aaron Hernandez collect an $82,000 workout bonus. Hernandez contract provided for him to receive that amount if the star tight end participated in 90 percent of the New England Patriots voluntary offseason workouts. The Patriots cut Hernandez after he was arrested on June 26 and before he was charged with murder later that day. He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd,a friend. The union believes Hernandez earned the bonus before his arrest.
HIL franchise in Orissa?
The Hockey India League (HIL),a professional league for field hockey competition in the country,has displayed interest in owning an Orissa-based franchise for their second edition to be held in January next year. A team of HIL officers,led by its general secretary Narendra Batra,met senior Orissa government officials here and made a presentation highlighting significance of holding a franchise in the league. Orissa has produced the international players like Ignes Tirkey,Dillip Tirkey,Lazrus Barla,Michel Kindo and 15 other known players in recent years,a presentation made by the HIL team apprised the officials. They said the franchise in the league will promote sports at the grass-root level. The cost involvement in the franchise for 2014-15 was estimated around Rs 6 crore,which would also generate assured revenue of more than Rs 3 crore,said Batra.
Fan buys telecast right
Frustrated by a lack of TV coverage of his team,a fan has bought the Australian TV rights for Irelands World Cup qualifier against Sweden to ensure that Irish down under dont miss the crunch clash. David Feeney said that he was so frustrated at not being able to watch his team on television that he decided to buy the rights himself. Feeney contacted a friend involved in broadcasting in Ireland before making a bid to Kentaro,the German media company that owned the broadcast rights. They said my bid was too low,but that it was close then I raised bid and they said OK, says Feeney,who has partnered with a horse-racing channel to show the match via a closed-circuit system at a number of venues across Australia.