The Professional Squash Association has appointed five-time Indian champion RITWIK BHATTACHARYA to the new position of PSA South East Asia representative. The 33-year-old will take on a wide role, including liaising with existing PSA World Tour events in the region; attracting new events to India and the region; and ensuring that PSA requirements are delivered across events, press, media, player welfare, etc. (PSA). ... Hockey India named South African GREGG CLARK as the chief coach of the junior men's national field hockey team. Clark "has initially been appointed for a period of one year though the contract can be renewed." The appointment "has been made specifically with the junior World Cup in mind, which will be held in India in December" (THE HINDU, 4/7).
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Former F1 team Minardi co-Founder GIANCARLO MARTINI, the uncle of former F1 driver PIERLUIGI MARTINI, has died at the age of 66 (SID, 4/7). ... Lotus F1 Team Principal ERIC BOULLIER "has joined the chorus" of leading F1 figures in expecting Red Bull to punish driver SEBASTIAN VETTEL "for disobeying team orders in last month's controversial Malaysian Grand Prix" (AFP, 4/8). ... Norway's anti-doping agency announced that a former teammate of LANCE ARMSTRONG, Norway's STEFFEN KJAERGAARD, "will escape sanctions despite having admitted doping." The Norwegian anti-doping agency said in a statement that "the Scandinavian rider would escape punishment as the time limit for bringing a prosecution had lapsed" (Hong Kong STANDARD, 4/8). ... Former Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler MOHSEN PUDANAKI has died at age 35. Pudanaki, who "had a malignant brain tumor, passed away in Resalat Hospital in Tehran" (TEHRAN TIMES, 4/8).
Arsenal player LUKAS PODOLSKI: "Auf geht's #Kölner #Haie #Eishockey #Cologne👊" ... ("Let's go #Cologne #Sharks "Hockey #Cologne👊") (see picture)
Sky's LAURA WONTORRA: "Gleich geht's los #Wrestlemania29 ich hab den Gürtel schon #sky #skybuli #wrestlemania" ... ("#Wrestlemania29 is about to start, I already have the belt #sky #skybuli #wrestlemania")
The London Independent's SAM WALLACE: "Stunned to pass about 20 people wearing MUFC/MCFC friendship scarves around Old Trafford. Have they become cool in some twisted, ironic way?"
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