Argentine basketball league La Liga Nacional "is navigating deep waters of change," according to Emilio Hamilton of CLARIN. Top club directors are debating opinions and considering ideas to modify economic, administrative and competitive aspects of a tournament "that's strongest point is a high athletic level." The "questions are many." Clubs Association (ADC) President Eduardo Bazzi said, "Without relegations, the league will become a friendly tournament and have a relative athletic importance." Jorge Paredi, "who is responsible for Boca's basketball," said, "I don't believe it will be resolved without relegation. One has to also think about the effort of TNA [National Promotion Tournament] teams to earn promotion" (CLARIN, 6/3).
Leagues and Governing Bodies
England will step up its hunt for a high-profile former men's int'l "to sharpen up the underachieving women's cricket team after confirming the appointment of Paul Shaw in a new role as the head of England women's performance," according to Andy Wilson of the London GUARDIAN. Shaw will take up his position at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough this week, and work alongside Carl Crowe, the former Leicestershire spinner who heads up the women's academy. One "key appointment remaining" will be the headline-grabber, as it seeks someone with extensive int'l experience of the men's game "to demand more consistently high standards of the women's team." England and Wales Cricket Board Head of Women's Cricket Clare Connor: "The rationale for the England women's head coach role evolving into a 'head of England women's performance' is to reflect the scope and expansion of the England women's program" (GUARDIAN, 6/3).
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's Working Group Chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, who on Monday promised to leave no stone unturned to restore the credibility of the game, said that banning after-match parties during the Indian Premier League "could be one of the solutions to cleanse cricket," according to the PTI. Addressing his first press conference since taking over charge from N. Srinivasan, Dalmiya said that he will make all efforts to achieve the ultimate goal so that "the good name of cricket is retained." Dalmiya: "I don't have any medicine that you get instant result. We don't have any such kind of a magic. We will try our best." On whether there was a timeline for the probe against Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and CSK franchise, Dalmiya said, "It is a million dollar question. How can there be a timeline. It will depend on how you proceed and how you work. Just 24 hours have passed since I took over. Let us wait and not rush through" (PTI, 6/3). PAKISTAN TODAY reported Srinivasan "will continue to represent the Indian board" at the Int'l Cricket Council. Mumbai Cricket Association Acting President Ravi Savant confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Srinivasan "emerged as the preferred choice when it came to representation at the game's governing body." While Savant didn't elaborate on the reasons, "another member revealed 'continuity' as the main factor." Savant: "Since Srinivasan has been attending most of the ICC meetings for the last couple of years, it makes sense not to disturb the pattern" (PAKISTAN TODAY, 6/3).
MEDIA BACKLASH: The AFP reported India's media on Monday lashed out at the country's cricket board for "shaming the nation" after it allowed Srinivasan to avoid resigning over a spot-fixing and betting scandal that has engulfed the national sport. The Times of India wrote, "In one of the lowest points in Indian cricket history, an emergency board meeting of the BCCI dealt a huge blow to the game." The Indian Express said the meeting confirmed that the board "thinks for itself, not the game." The paper wrote, "Srinivasan may have given way for the moment, but the extent of his sway over the board was clear in that his resignation was not asked for, nor was it forthcoming" (AFP, 6/3). The PTI reported Punjab Cricket Association President I.S. Bindra on Monday said that "he fully stood by his claim that Sri Lankan Board had withdrawn a report which had mentioned an Indian player allegedly violating anti-corruption rules" during the '10 tour on pressure from the BCCI. Sri Lankan Cricket "refuted Bindra's claims that a BCCI official had arm-twisted the Sri Lankan Board to withdraw a report which had mentioned an Indian player allegedly violating anti-corruption regulations" during the Indian tour in '10 (PTI, 6/3).
The Daimler AG, which owns the Mercedes car brand, "will, for now, continue with its F1 involvement, but it also has an exit option due to the bribery investigation against F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone." Daimler management board member Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt said that the company "has a contractual exit clause." She said, "That goes all the way to the right of termination. We would make use of those clauses if necessary" (MOTORSPORT TOTAL, 6/3). ... Ecclestone has met on various occasions with South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook regarding tire production. Though negotiations have taken place, a Hankook spokesperson denied the possibility of a deal for '14. The spokesperson said, "For '14 it is completely impossible, not only because of the lack of time, but also due to the lack of tests for F1" (AS, 6/2). ... About two dozen Chinese coaches and referees graduated from China's First American Arena Football Coach/Referee One Week Training Camp on Friday. This is "the first time" that the Arena Football League has been to China to hold a professional training camp (XINHUA, 6/3). ... The Badminton World Federation said Monday that the "implementation of the instant review system on disputed line-calls would be postponed due to some technical issues in recent testing." The camera-based system "was scheduled to be formally introduced" in the Indonesia Open this month after testing in the Malaysia Open and the Sudirman Cup last month (XINHUA, 6/3). ... There is a push for Swimming Australia to "look outside its own ranks to find an acting president" to replace Barclay Nettlefold, who resigned on Sunday amid claims that "he had made inappropriate comments to staff and a female consultant" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 6/4). ... The annual General Assembly of SportAccord voted for accepting two new members to join the organization -- the Int'l Cheer Union and Federation Internationale de I'Automobile (SportAccord).