Names In The News
Jamaican sprinter YOHAN BLAKE will open his Diamond League campaign at the Doha 2013 meeting on May 10. It will be "the first time that the 23-year-old Olympic double sprint silver medallist will be competing in Qatar" (JAMAICA OBSERVER, 3/7). Blake will also run in the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai in May (AFP, 3/7). ... British Olympic Association Chair SEBASTIAN COE will appear on ITV's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." All money won on the show "will go to charity." Former running rival STEVE CRAM will be Coe's teammate (London GUARDIAN, 3/7). ... UAE FA Chief YOUSEF AL SERKAL's hopes of getting the backing of west Asian colleagues for the presidency of the Asian Football Confederation will "have to wait until next month." Bahrain Sheikh SALMAN BIN IBRAHIM AL KHALIFA and Saudi Arabia's HAFEZ AL MEDLEJ "have also been nominated," along with Thailand's WORAWI MAKUDI, ahead of the election on May 2 (AP, 3/7). ... The Japan Basketball Association said that it has decided to appoint former NBA coach HERB BROWN "in an advisory role to help revive the fortunes of the women’s national team" (JAPAN TIMES, 3/7). ... Iran Greco-Roman coach RASOOL JAZINI has stepped down from his post (TEHRAN TIMES, 3/7). ... Footballer ANDREW DURANTE became a New Zealand citizen and national coach RICKI HERBERT "wasted no time rushing him into a 19-man squad" for the World Cup qualifiers on March 22 and 26 (STUFF, 3/7). ... Indian cricketer RAHUL SHARMA and South African WAYNE PARNELL "are facing drugs charges" after their detention at a late-night party last year following an Indian Premier League game (AFP, 3/7). ... CONCACAF members will vote on whether U.S. Soccer Federation President SUNIL GULATI or his Mexican federation counterpart JUSTINO COMPEAN will succeed CHUCK BLAZER as the North America representative on the FIFA exec committee April 19 in Mexico City (FIFA).