Retired IAS officer PRABHAT C CHATURVEDI has replaced the jailed AJAY SINGH CHAUTALA as the Table Tennis Federation of India president after the elections held at the TTFI's Annual General Meeting (PTI, 3/19). ... Swiss Super League FC Basel striker ALEX FREI, who announced in November that he will retire after the season, "will become the executive sports director of league opponent FC Luzern on April 15" (NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG, 3/19). ... Badminton Asia Confederation "made a surprise move" to appoint DATUK SERI NADZMI MOHD SALLEH to be its acting president. If Nadzmi, the Badminton Association of Malaysia president, accepts the new role, he may withdraw from his bid for the president’s post during the Badminton World Federation's election in May (STAR ONLINE, 3/19). ... Swimming Australia head coach LEIGH NUGENT was axed following Australia's "disastrous campaign at the London Olympics." The news comes "amid a major reshuffle" at the top of Swimming Australia, with former British Swimming boss MICHAEL SCOTT expected to be announced in a newly created role as high performance director next week. Hockey Australia's MARK ANDERSON "is tipped" to replace former Swimming Australia CEO KEVIN NEILL (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 3/20).
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German Hockey League (DEL) Dusseldorf EG defenseman BERNHARD EBNER, 22, who scored 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) during the '12-13 season, has won the DEL Rookie of the Year honors (Dusseldorf EG). ... Former ManU player and TV analyst GARY NEVILLE "has bought one of Manchester's most prestigious historic buildings - the city's former stock exchange." The "defender-turned-TV pundit" bought the building in the city center for around £1.5M ($2.27M). He "is said to be considering turning the building's top floors into a private members' club." The purchase is the latest addition to Neville's already extensive property portfolio - "which include a restaurant and soon-to-be built hotel" (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 3/19). ... Head of British Cycling DAVE BRAILSFORD was speaking at a conference in London on Monday when he said that "he would consider transferring his managerial skills to football." Brailsford: "Football is something I would look at." Brailsford "believes football can learn from cycling" and that England Manager ROY HODGSON's team need to tame their "inner chimp" if they are to progress in major tournaments (London TELEGRAPH, 3/19). ... Former England int'l MICHAEL OWEN "has announced he will retire at the end of the season." The striker "will play out the current campaign with Stoke City." Announcing the decision on his website, Owen said "it is the right time to bring the curtain down on my career" (London INDEPENDENT, 3/19). ...World record-holder USAIN BOLT will run the 100 meters at Rome’s Golden Gala on June 6. It "will be the third consecutive year the six-time Olympic champion from Jamaica will run at the Stadio Olimpico." Rome is the opening European meet in the Diamond League (AP, 3/19). ... Rugby union Queensland Reds Coach EWEN MCKENZIE will leave the team at the end of this season "after overseeing the Australian team's transformation from Super Rugby strugglers to title contenders, saying he wants to coach a national squad." McKenzie, who moved to a director of coaching role with the Reds this year said he's "ready for the next level" after nine years with provincial teams (BLOOMBERG, 3/19).
Northern Irish golfer : "Made it to Miami, looking forward to seeing after her great tournament in Indian Wells! Hopefully another good one coming up!"
Vero's MIKE LEE: "Had a fascinating week in Doha working with @The_ICSS and #SecuringSport2013. Serious policy work, global sports networking + media value!"
Spanish tennis player RAFAEL NADAL: "I wish good luck to the Spanish players in #Miami! I hope you enjoy a great tournament."
BBC's LEE MCKENZIE: "Leaving Melbourne this morning after a great week in a wonderful city. Next up is hot and humid Malaysia, another place I love"
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