Athletics chiefs "are in talks with Usain Bolt" about bringing him back to the London Olympic Stadium this summer, according to Matt Majendie of the London EVENING STANDARD. UK Athletics wants the Jamaican as the "star attraction" for the three day London Anniversary Games in east London to mark a year since the Games. UK Athletics Chair Ed Warner said, “Nothing is announced yet but that will be in the next few weeks. We’re trying to replicate some of the big head to heads that made the Olympics and Paralympics so special." He added, "My dream is to get Usain Bolt here, too. We’ll see where we get to in those discussions. We’re pursuing that, and we hope to be successful” (EVENING STANDARD, 2/14).
Events and Attractions
The courts of the Brasil Open, the only ATP event held in Brazil, "have already been criticized by players," according to Fernando Itokazu of FOLHA DE S. PAULO. The courts have "holes and bumps," which has led to players complaining about the ball changing direction after it bounces. German player Dustin Brown said the Brasil Open courts "are shit." He added, "I twisted my ankle during a game and said 'its a shit court' and I was penalized a point." Brazilian players have also recognized that the courts are "not perfect, but have refrained from being too heavy in their criticism." Bruno Soares said, "Truthfully it's not easy to play, but it's the same for everybody." Argentinia Horacio Zeballos, who won the previous week's ATP event in Chile said that the majority of players "are not satisfied." Zeballos: "This is an ATP event and the courts are not up to these standards." Brasil Open Manager Roberto Burigo said that "complaints came in earlier this week, but everything is fine now." Burigo said, "If the court conditions were not up to par, the ATP would not let us play" (FOLHA DE S. PAULO, 2/14).
NO DOUBLES FOR NADAL: FOLHA DE S. PAULO also reported Rafael Nadal "pulled out" of the doubles section of the draw citing his knee. The Spaniard will still be taking part in singles (FOLHA DE S. PAULO, 2/13).
German Hockey League (DEL) Eisbären Berlin Manager Peter Lee said that "the club wants to submit an application to host the final round of the '13 European Trophy at Berlin's O2 World." The European Trophy is an annual Europe-wide hockey tournament, which runs from August-December (DPA, 2/14). ... Tel Aviv, Israel "expects 35,000 runners to jam the streets of the city on March 15, when the fifth annual Tel Aviv marathon is held, making it the largest such event in the history of Israel" (JERUSALEM POST, 2/12). ... The Budweiser 6v6 Cup football tournament was launched on Thursday. Spread across the Indian cities of Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi, "the regional winners will be flown to the Indian capital" to compete for the national title. The champion will "represent India in the global finals at Old Trafford" (PTI, 2/14).