Names In The News
Croatia's state prosecutors have indicted Dinamo Zagreb President ZDRAVKO MAMIC "for inciting racial hatred towards ethnic Serbs." In line with the law, the state prosecutors "did not explicitly name Mamic," but said that a 54-year-old Croatian was indicted for inciting hatred toward sport minister ZELJKO JOVANOVIC and all ethnic Serbs while appearing in a talk show on a local radio. Mamic said that Jovanovic "hates everything Croatian" (REUTERS, 6/20). ... Brazilian police are investigating after six "Spanish national football team players were robbed at their hotel" in Recife, Brazil. A spokesperson for the Spanish team declined to discuss the incident, while police in Recife could not be reached for comment. The group of players includes GERARD PIQUE (AP, 6/20). ... French police on Wednesday arrested Morocco's former Olympic champion KHALID SKAH "over an extradition request linked to a fierce custody battle between the athlete and the Norwegian mother of his two children." A source requesting anonymity said that the 46-year-old athlete "was arrested at the Orly airport in Paris" (AFP, 6/20). ... Singaporean footballer SHAKIR HAMZAH has been fined $4,000 and ordered to do 30 hours of community service by the FA of Singapore (STRAITS TIMES, 6/20). ... South Korean football coach HONG MYUNG-BO, who coached South Korea's Olympic side to a Bronze Medal at the 2012 London Games, is one of the "strongest candidates" to replace national team coach CHOI KANG-HEE (REUTERS, 6/19). ... Former Pakistan captain and Pakistan Cricket Board exec MAJID JAHANGIR KHAN "is the front runner" for PCB interim chairman (PAKISTAN TODAY, 6/20).
NOTABLE DEATHS: FIBA Europe President OLAFUR RAFNSSON has died at age 50. Rafnsoon died during a visit to Geneva, where he had been attending Tuesday's opening of FIBA's new headquarters (FIBA). ... Tennis player GENE MAKO, who won four major doubles titles and was ranked in the world top 10 during the '30s, has died in Southern California. He was 97 years old. Mako and his friend, DON BUDGE, won two doubles titles at Wimbledon in '37 and '38 and two at the U.S. Championships in '36 and '38 (AP, 6/18). ... South African rugby great and Eastern Cape sports administrator SIMO MZWANDILE CYRIL MJO has died. He was 77. He is "listed as one of the 20 greatest players of colour in South Africa as well as part of the Dream Team of African rugby" (SOWETAN LIVE, 6/20).