Sports psychiatrist DR. STEVE PETERS, the so-called "mind mechanic" of British Cycling who has been credited by CHRIS HOY and VICTORIA PENDLETON as the man behind their Olympic triumphs, will turn his attention to Britain’s leading track and field athletes, according to Simon Hart of the London TELEGRAPH. Newly appointed U.K. Athletics Performance Dir NEIL BLACK hired Peters with the objective of creating a "winning culture" in the sport as well as consulting closely with selected athletes. Peters will also lead a team of sports psychologists who will work with all athletes on the lottery-funded World Class Performance Programme. He will also continue to work as a consultant for British Cycling (TELEGRAPH, 10/22).
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Gloucestershire Cricket has appointed ANNE ALLIN and COLIN SEXSTONE to its executive board with immediate effect. Sexstone was most recently chairman and previously CEO of Championship club Bristol City FC. Allin is head of marketing for Swire Hotels U.K. She has more than 20 years of experience at senior levels in marketing, starting out in the Bristol-based company Bart Spices (Gloucestershire Cricket). ... Global executive search firm Odgers Berndtson is launching a new India sports practice and hired WASIM HAQ as head of sport for India, the Middle East and Asia. Haq will move from London to Delhi at the beginning of '13 with a view to establish other bases throughout the region (ODGERS BERNDTSON). ... German Ski Federation (DSV) President ALFONS HÖRMANN "has been re-elected for a third term at the helm of the federation." The 52-year-old "was unanimously elected to lead the federation for another four years" (XC-SKI.de, 10/22). ... Basketball Bundesliga club Frankfurt Skyliners Sports Dir KAMIL NOVAK has been named FIBA Europe secretary general. The appointment was made by the FIBA Europe Exec Committee. Novak has been the sports director for the Skyliners for the past seven years (FIBA Europe).
MANAGERS: Serie A Genoa FC has parted ways with coach LUIGI DE CANIO in the wake of its 4-2 home defeat against AS Roma on Sunday. LUIGI DEL NERI will be his replacement. Genoa President ENRICO PREZIOSI said, "It was right to change now. I moved quickly to negotiate with Del Neri because I feared he could have signed for another club in the next few days" (UEFA). ... Cypriot top flight club AEL Limassol FC has parted ways with its coach CHARALAMPOS CHRISTODOULOU ahead of Thursday's UEFA Europa League tie against Fenerbahçe SK in Nicosia (UEFA). ... UAE Pro League club Dibba Al Fujairah FC coach MARCELO CABO "became the second Pro League coaching casualty of the season" after "paying the price for the club's poor start to the season." He has been replaced by ABDULLAH MISFIR, the Emirati who was caretaker coach of the UAE national team following SRECKO KATANEC's dismissal in September (THE NATIONAL, 10/22).
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Austrian hockey club EC Red Bull Salzburg has "signed NHL defender TOBIAS ENSTRÖM during the league's lockout." The 27-year-old Swedish native has played 296 NHL games for the Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets (SALZBURGER NACHRICHTEN, 10/22). ... The "remarkably poor sales" of ManU player WAYNE ROONEY's latest book demonstrates that "the recession in the football book market shows no sign of ending." Publishers HarperCollins is understood "to have sold only about 6,000 copies of 'Wayne Rooney -- My Decade In The Premier League'" in the six weeks since the launch (London DAILY MAIL, 10/22). ... Rangers CEO CHARLES GREEN has apologized to the club's fans after "claiming he had received death threats" during his early days in charge. Green also said he had been abused in Glasgow streets by Rangers fans. Green said, "I appreciate the article in today's Sun has upset some supporters and for that I am truly sorry. I was merely trying to illustrate how far we have all come together" (BBC, 10/22). ... Westmorland County football association governing body WESTMORLAND FA has achieved the Level of the Equality Standard, and was presented with its award at the the FA Full Council on Wednesday (FA).
ESPN's ADRIAN HEALEY: "Realizing how satisfying it is to cover a league where who did or didn't wear a T-Shirt or offer a handshake is NOT the lead story. #MLS"
The Telegraph's PAUL HAYWARD: "Can't wait to see whether Lance Armstrong takes his revenge on the UCI - by revealing all his dealings with them."
Payne Sports Media Strategies founder MICHAEL PAYNE: "IOC threatened to drop weightlifting if it did not sort out its doping problem-it worked.Wonder whether IOC will take same move against UCI"
Synergy Sponsorship CEO TIM CROW: "The longer this goes on the worse it gets for McQuaid #UCI"
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