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With the Board of Control for Cricket in India's image "taking a beating" in the wake of the Bombay High Court declaring its Indian Premier League spot-fixing probe "illegal and unconstitutional," Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday advised the BCCI to work toward "restoring the trust" of the fans, according to the PTI. Singh: "I want to say that BCCI must make sure that it restores the trust of the public because it is the people who have made cricket what it is today." The minister also "reiterated the need for the proposed Sports Development Bill to be passed and become a law of the land so that the National Sports Federations like the BCCI can come under the ambit of RTI" and become more accountable and transparent in its functioning (PTI, 8/2). The HINDUSTAN TIMES wrote BCCI VP Niranjan Shah, who has openly slammed Srinivasan, said, "The credibility of the Board is down due to the spot-fixing taint, and it must give confidence to the public that it is doing business according to the rules and regulations." Former secretary Jaywant Lele said that "Srinivasan's days are numbered." Lele: "He's on the backfoot now. The constitution is clear, if you or your family member is involved in any misconduct, you have to go" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 8/4).
Brain injuries expert Dr. Willie Stewart "has discovered what he believes to be the first confirmed case of early onset dementia caused by playing rugby," according to the BBC. Stewart said the discovery suggested "one or two" players competing in the Six Nations every year may go on to develop the condition. The neuropathologist "examined brain tissue for abnormal proteins associated with head injuries and dementia." The former rugby player "had higher levels than a retired amateur boxer." The boxer had been diagnosed with dementia pugilistica -- more commonly known as punch drunk syndrome -- "which is thought to affect up to 20% of boxers who retire after long careers." Stewart, a consultant at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, said, "What we are finding now is that it is not just in boxers. We are seeing it in other sports where athletes are exposed to head injury in high levels. Those sports include American football, ice hockey and also now I have to say I have seen a case, the same pathology, in somebody whose exposure was rugby." Stewart said that "he expected other cases similar to the one he had found to emerge in the near future as more doctors become aware of the link" (BBC, 8/2). The BBC's John Beattie opined the new research is "a game-changer for rugby." I feel like "shouting hallelujah!" I am fed up of watching int'l players being concussed, knocked out, sent dizzy -- whatever you want to call it -- "and then either jumping back to their feet and playing on or going to the sidelines then wandering back." Players have to understand that "you can get a hip replacement, a knee replacement, and even a heart replacement but as yet there is no brain replacement" (BBC, 8/3).
The Australian Crime Commission "is set to table a follow-up to its explosive report into doping and the integrity of sport by June 2015," according to Proszenko & Aston of the BRISBANE TIMES. The office of the Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare confirmed that the ACC "still intended to fulfil the recommendation of the first report and undertake a second." While there was not any confirmation of when the follow-up will begin, "it is likely to begin within 12 months to make the deadline, as it is understood the original report took about a year to compile" (BRISBANE TIMES, 8/4). In Sydney, Matt Murnane reported Australian Football League Essendon officials "have received the document that could decide the club's fate and will start to prepare a response to the findings of the investigation into football's drugs drama." The Bombers confirmed late on Sunday that they "had received the 400-page interim report compiled by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/5).
National Rugby League Brisbane Broncos "have struck a relationship with the New Zealand Rugby Union in a bi-partisan move designed for information sharing and improving development structures." A four-man team "led by Broncos development boss Brendan Barlow attended the NZRU's headquarters in Auckland a fortnight ago" (COURIER-MAIL, 8/5). ... Nigeria on Saturday pledged to "investigate claims of match fixing in some matches" in the ongoing 2013 Atlantic Conference of the DSTV Nigerian Basketball League (XINHUA, 8/4). ... I-League clubs "suffered a significant blow" as the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) Club Licensing Committee announced that "all 14 teams had failed to meet the Asian Football Confederation Club Licensing Criteria." The clubs "have been given a lifeline for next season as they can seek an exemption for the I-League and Federation Cup, once they file an appeal with the CLC." The appeal "has to be filed by August 14." The new club licensing system comprises of "75 stringent regulations and it seems unlikely the teams will be able to prove their credentials upon appeal" (THE HINDU, 8/3). ... Hockey India Secretary General Narinder Batra on Sunday announced that "each member of India's junior women hockey team which won the country's first ever bronze medal at the World Cup today will be rewarded with a cash prize" of Rs. 1 lakh ($1,750) (PTI, 8/4). ... India is moving closer to agreeing to the use of the umpire Decision Review System "despite a string of controversies during the current Ashes series which have cast doubt over its future" (GULF NEWS, 8/4).