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Volume 10 No. 23

Leagues and Governing Bodies

An independent review of cycling in Australia recommended that officials "extend drug testing and establish an ethics panel in the wake of the doping scandal surrounding U.S. rider Lance Armstrong," according to the AFP. It calls for "extending drug testing, on a random and targeted basis, to events at state or territory, club and masters level that are currently subject to either limited or no testing." It also urges Cycling Australia to take "a more proactive role" in gathering intelligence to assist Australia's sports anti-doping agency ASADA and in "establishing collaborative ties with like-minded cycling bodies overseas" (AFP, 1/14). The AAP reported Sports Minister Kate Lundy, who released the report, said that "the government had moved quickly to restore confidence in the community and to safeguard the future of cycling in Australia." Senator Lundy said that the feedback she had received across cycling and Australia "from the grassroots to elite levels" was that people "wanted to see cycling cleaned up and their confidence restored." The minister "advised other sporting bodies to read the report." Lundy said, "There may be some aspects of it that have relevance to how they could too strengthen their regime" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 1/14).

A top official of the Int'l Cricket Council believes that it "is not in a position to convince cricketing nations to resume playing in Pakistan," according to the AP. Pakistan has not hosted any major test-playing nation since the '09 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus that killed six police officials and a van driver in Lahore. ICC CEO David Richardson said, "I'm not a security expert to form a view necessarily about the safety or not of players. It will be up to the [Pakistan Cricket Board] in convincing that it is safe to come to Pakistan, and they will make up their own minds in this regard." The PCB "has been forced to organize its home series" mainly in the UAE since the '09 incident. It "has tried to convince other cricket boards to return to Pakistan, but even the lowly ranked Bangladesh team" has twice postponed its tour during the last 10 months (AP, 1/14).

The All India Football Federation "might consider reducing the two-year ban on Mohun Bagan, besides giving the club a breather as far as imposing financial sanctions is concerned, when the federation’s executive committee meets in Delhi on Tuesday." Conceding that the ban was harsh on the club, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said that laws may be "changed" definitely (PTI, 1/14). ... The Board of Control for Cricket in India's "all-powerful Working Committee will meet on Tuesday in the backdrop of the Indian team's recent poor performance against England and Pakistan leading to calls for captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's head as well as that of chief coach Duncan Fletcher." Informed BCCI sources said "it's a regular meeting," though matters like Fletcher's future as the head coach "could come up for discussion with the permission of President N. Srinivasan" (PTI, 1/14).