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Volume 6 No. 212

People and Pop Culture

F1 team Caterham has promoted CYRIL ABITEBOUL to the role of team principal with immediate effect. He will combine that role with his current responsibilities as CEO, a post he took up in September (Caterham). In London, Andrew Benson wrote that Abiteboul is the youngest team principal in F1. At 35, Abiteboul is also younger than four of the current drivers on the circuit. The Frenchman is the former deputy chair of Renault Sport, Caterham's engine supplier. TONY FERNANDES, who also owns EPL Queens Park Rangers, will remain as owner, along with business partner DATO KAMARUDIN MERANUN (, 11/8). Also in London, Tom Cary reported that Abiteboul said, "We have big challenges ahead of us, but the shareholders are committed and behind us to help us take significant steps forward over the coming years, and one day challenge for the highest honours in F1." Fernandes "has backed" the Frenchman to push the team to new heights. Fernandes said, "Cyril is going to be an excellent team principal. He has extensive experience in F1, he is extremely well respected, and he shares our vision for what we want our team to achieve" (TELEGRAPH, 11/8).

Just Marketing Int'l hired CLIVE RICHARDS as senior VP/partnership development of EMEA. He will maintain "responsibility for business development across the region." Richards appointment became effective Monday, and he reports to President of Int'l DAVID WEBB (JMI). ... British Horseracing Authority Dir of Integrity Services, Compliance & Licensing PAUL SCOTNEY is stepping down. The decision was agreed upon mutually between BHA and Scotney that he would leave as part of a restructure by the new CEO PAUL BITTAR, who began his role at the beginning of the year (BHA).

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South Korean swimmer PARK TAE-HWAN said that "he will soon travel to Australia to discuss his future plans" with his coach MICHAEL BOHL (YONHAP, 11/7). ... Taiwan's Sports Affairs Council said that it will grant Taiwanese pitcher for the MLB Baltimore Orioles WEI-YIN CHEN "a special award under the council's annual Taiwan Sports Elite Awards program." Chen will receive the award "for his outstanding performance" this year, as his achievements have "helped raise Taiwan's visibility in the int'l sporting community" (CNA, 11/8). ... Former Germany national football team captain MICHAEL BALLACK "has been banned from driving for 18 months" and fined €6,750 ($8,600) after he clocked 211 kph on a Spanish highway in October. He was also ordered to pay the costs of the trial (REUTERS, 11/8). ...

SITTING ONE OUT: The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association said that LINDSEY VONN and JULIA MANCUSO will not attend the first alpine world cup slalom of the season in Finland "in order to focus on the giant slalom and slalom" in Aspen, U.S. on Nov. 24-25 (AFP, 11/7). ... A court in India has overturned a life ban imposed on former India cricket captain MOHAMMAD AZHARUDDIN. The 49-year-old had been banned from playing all forms of the game in '00 following allegations of match fixing. The Andhra Pradesh High Court ruled the ban was "illegal and unsustainable" (, 11/8). ... CARMEN BASILIO, who wrestled the world middleweight boxing crown from SUGAR RAY ROBINSON in '57 "and lost an equally epic, razor-edge rematch six months later," has died at age 85. Basilio was a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class in '90, a group that includes MUHAMMAD ALI, ROCKY MARCIANO, JOE LOUIS and JAKE LAMOTTA (Scotland DAILY RECORD, 11/7).

MUSIC IN THE AIR: Real Madrid striker CRISTIANO RONALDO "has threatened to unleash a Real Madrid super-band on music lovers everywhere." He joined teammate PEPE in a music studio in Spain this week. Ronaldo said, "Music is part of me and part of the people I am close to. Without music, we wouldn't live so happily. I love music" (London DAILY MAIL, 11/8). ... British singer ROD STEWART "watched his beloved Celtic" beat FC Barcelona, and "it all got a little bit much." As the "swathes of Celtic fans bounced to the tune of Depeche Mode's "I Just Can't Get Enough" at the final whistle" and Celtic Manager NEIL LENNON ran onto the pitch, "an overwhelmed Stewart was left in flood of tears as he came to grips with one of Celtic's great nights in European competition across the ages" (London DAILY MAIL, 11/8).

The BBC correspondent DAN ROAN: "Both Wiggins & Sutton hospitalised within hours of each other. There's been 104 cycling fatalities in Britain this year already."

The Times' PATRICK KIDD: "Email from Brazilian market research company wanting my opinion "as one of your country's most influential football journalists". Er...Only time I write about football is to say how dull it is. A sadly uninfluential opinion. Shouldnt market researchers research their market?"

South China Morning Post's JAMES PORTEOUS: ""There will be no positive impact at all on people’s lives and national economic development". Hanoi Man On Street as it wins Asian Games"

The Telegrpah's HARRY WALLOP: Not entirely convinced by Sun's theory that Bradley Wiggins's crash was as result of him "shaving off his lucky sideburns"

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