Names In The News
South Korean striker LEE KEUN HO was awarded the Asian Football Confederation Player of the Year 2012, "as his football club Ulsan Hyundai became one of the biggest winners of the AFC Annual Award gala," bagging the best player, best club and best coach awards. Lee's coach KIM HO-KON received the AFC Coach of the Year award. Japan's AYA MIYAMA won the AFC Women's Player of the Year, and her Japan Olympic national team, which won the Silver Medal in London, was awarded the best team of the year for women (XINHUA, 11/30). ... Barcelona and Spain football player ANDRES INIESTA "has written an open letter asking for people to invest money to help save his boyhood club Albacete from extinction." Iniesta and his family are the third-tier club's majority shareholders, and he said that they were doing "everything they could to stop Albacete folding but needed more outside investment" (REUTERS, 11/30). ... Arsenal Chair PETER HILL-WOOD is recovering in the hospital after a heart attack. Arsenal said that Hill-Wood, 76, "suffered the heart attack after a bout of pneumonia" (SUNDAY TIMES, 12/2).
THE NEXT GENERATION: FIFA President SEPP BLATTER "has backed the possible future candidacy of former Real Madrid striker RONALDO as president of Brazil's football confederation." The three-time FIFA world player of the year "has revealed an interest in football politics and is currently serving as a brand ambassador for Brazil's 2014 World Cup" (NDTV, 11/30). ... NARI CONTRACTOR and TED DEXTER, the oldest surviving former skippers of the Indian and English cricket teams, will be "taken around the Eden Gardens in golf carts Wednesday -- the opening day of the third cricket Test between the two sides." Cricket Association of Bengal Treasurer BISWARUP DEY said, "The felicitation will be a commemoration of 80 years of India as a Test-playing nation and India-England cricket" (IANS, 11/30). ... Former Court of Appeal judge PHILIP OTTON will chair the Independent Commission to look into the issues and allegations contained in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's decision relating to the LANCE ARMSTRONG affair. Otton will be assisted by U.K. House of Lords Peer and Paralympic champion TANNI GREY-THOMPSON and Australian lawyer MALCOLM HOLMES. The Commission, which will act as an external body and will be fully independent of the Int'l Cycling Union (UCI), Int'l Court of Arbitration for Sport and Court of Arbitration for Sport, will hold a hearing in London between April 9-26 (UCI).