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Volume 6 No. 214

Leagues and Governing Bodies

British Cycling has "unveiled ambitious plans to get 1 million more women into the sport by the end of the decade," backed by medal winners including Jess Varnish and Becky James, in a bid to convince them it is not only for "men in Lycra," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Widely praised for boosting grassroots participation while also delivering spectacular elite success at the Beijing and London Games, "there is a hope among the sport's administrators and government officials that it can now help tackle long-standing issues preventing more women from taking more exercise." British Cycling has already enjoyed some success with its Breeze network, but a new strategy launched on Monday "has pledged to go much further to involve women at all levels of the sport." The governing body "will seek to rebrand it to make it more attractive." There will be a particular focus on recreational rides and "get into cycling" trial sessions at facilities across the country (GUARDIAN, 3/25).

Indian cricket board President N. Srinivasan "hinted that the board's constitution gives him the power to approve any decision of the national selectors," including that of the captain, according to IANS. When a TV anchor asked why he backed Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and whether there was substance in the media reports that selectors were under pressure to sack the cricketer after India lost four Tests in England and another four in Australia, Srinivasan replied, "It is not proper to discuss selection matters. The constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India does say that the president has to approve the national team." When the anchor rephrased the question and asked, "So, you have the last word as president?" Srinivasan: "That's what the constitution of the BCCI says" (IANS, 3/25).

Wales and British Lions player Gethin Kenkins has urged Welsh rugby powerbrokers "to do more to keep Rob Howley’s Six Nations heroes from leaving for English and French clubs," according to Delme Parfitt of WALES ONLINE. Jenkins voiced his concerns "amid reports George North is in talks about a move from the Scarlets to Northampton." He said that urgent action is needed to prevent an exodus of box-office talent. Jenkins said, "I just hope something gets sorted out that will benefit players in Wales. At the moment they are being forced to leave. It’s all right paying off the Millennium Stadium debt, but if players are leaving then you have no product” (WALES ONLINE, 3/25).