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Uruguayan first division side Nacional coach GERARDO PELUSSO "has left his position with the club following a 5-0 loss against rival Peñarol." Pelusso's "departure was agreed upon in a meeting of club execs" (EFE, 4/29). ... The board of Scottish Premiership side Hibernian FC confirmed the appointment of LEEANN DEMPSTER as CEO. Dempster joins from Motherwell FC and begins her position with Hibernian on June 1 (Hibernian). ... UEFA Pro License coach FRITZ SCHMID is the new FA of Malaysia technical director. FAM signed the 55-year-old Swiss "on a three-year contract to assist in the development of football and oversee the progress of the national and project teams." Schmid will begin work on Friday (THE STAR, 4/29). ... Athletics New Zealand named LINDA HAMERSLEY as its new CEO. Hamersley, who is currently a New Zealand Olympic Committee employee and partner of recently-appointed men's Blacks Sticks coach COLIN BATCH, was replacing SCOTT NEWMAN, "who announced his retirement in January after seven years in the job." Previously, Hamersley "spent five years as CEO of the Western Australian Hockey Association" (FAIRFAX NZ NEWS, 4/29). ... The Int'l Table Tennis Federation said that ITTF President ADHAM SHARARA "will step down from his presidency" on Sept. 1. Sharara will be replaced by THOMAS WEIKERT, "now deputy president of ITTF and also the head of the German Table Tennis Association" (XINHUA, 4/29). ... The British Olympic Association said that MARK ENGLAND "has been appointed as the chef de mission of Team GB for the Baku 2015 European Games and the Rio 2016 Olympics." England is currently the director of sport services at the BOA "and has previously been a deputy chef de mission at six Olympic Games, including London 2012." His appointment "was unanimously approved by the BOA board at a meeting on Tuesday" (PA, 4/29). ...The Motor Sports Association said that Int’l Motor Sports CEO ANDREW COE will leave his post. Coe’s plans have not been revealed, but he will take a leave of his current position on Friday (MSA).
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Former Wallaby PHIL WAUGH "is running for a seat on one of the state’s most prestigious boards," the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust, and wants to help the push to make Allianz Stadium ‘‘one of the great rectangular sports venues in the world.’’ Waugh is one of 29 nominees for two member-elected positions on the board, which oversees the SCG and Allianz Stadium precinct and boasts the likes of ALAN JONES, Westpac CEO GAIL KELLY, Harvey Norman CEO KATIE PAGE and former Test cricketers STEVE WAUGH and STUART MACGILL, as trustees (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 4/29). ... Former French national rugby team and Toulon coach BERNARD LAPORTE said that "he intends to run for the presidency of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) in 2016." Laporte said that "he wants to change things in the FFR, notably at the top where he said officials stayed too long in their positions." He said, "I intend to see my current contract through to 2015 and then, yes, I intend to put forward my candidacy in the elections of 2016. I find it totally unacceptable that there are people who have been in positions of authority in the federation for 30 years. They are egotists and are not there to serve the sport, only themselves" (AFP, 4/25). ... Boxer WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO's hopes of competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics "have been dealt a blow after he failed to get permission to take part in his country's qualifying competition." The exec board of the Ukrainian national boxing federation has "never given permission to either Klitschko or his older brother Vitali to take part in qualifying for the Games in Rio de Janeiro, meaning he has missed the deadline" (AAP, 4/29).
APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED: Former National Rugby League side Melbourne Storm CEO BRIAN WALDRON "has unreservedly apologised for the role he played in the infamous salary cap scandal that led to the NRL club being stripped of its 2007 and 2009 premierships." In an online column, Waldron wrote, "Regretfully, I got ahead of myself. It’s absolutely appropriate that I apologise to all those hurt by my actions and I do so without reservation" (THE AGE, 4/29). Former news CEO and Chair JOHN HARTIGAN "has refused to accept a public apology" from Waldron, claiming it had come “many years too late.” Hartigan said, "I don’t accept apologies. There would be something (motivating him for the apology) other than Christianity. It’s not for me to surmise but it sure as hell isn’t setting the record straight. One, he’s many years too late, and two, he brought a very proud club to its knees" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 4/30).
BBC News' DAN ROAN: "Chris Tomlinson says that arch-rival Greg Rutherford’s recent British long jump record is "clearly a large foul jump""
The AP's STEVE WILSON: "London Tube strike = Chaos."
New York Times' SAM BORDEN: "Well. OK. Not sure how you say "butt-whooping" in German but some fans are already heading for the exits and it's still the first half."
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