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Published March 4, 2013
NOT STICKING AROUND: Acting Asian Football Confederation head ZHANG JILONG, of China, "will not run for the AFC presidency in its upcoming election." The AFC has been without a permanent president since Qatari MOHAMED BIN HAMMAM was banned for life by FIFA for corruption and bribery. Zhang said, "I made this decision totally out of my own will and with careful thinking" (REUTERS, 3/3). ... Ligue 1 Montpellier President LOUIS NICOLLIN has announced coach RENE GIRARD will not return to the team after this season (L'EQUIPE, 3/3).
ON THE ROAD: FIFA President SEPP BLATTER said that he is going to visit Iran in July to "know about the country's infrastructural preparedness." Blatter said he would pay an official visit to Iran during the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup, which will be held June 21-July 13 in Turkey (TEHRAN TIMES, 3/2). ... The Bombay High Court asked the Union government to help shuttler PRAJAKTA SAWANT get a visa to "enable her to participate in the All England Badminton Championships" beginning March 5 (TNN, 3/1). ... Singapore President TONY TAN KENG YAM and his wife hosted Special Olympians, "officials and coaches who represented the nation at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games," held in Pyeongchang, South Korea last month (CHANNEL NEWS ASIA, 3/2).