Second Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld President JÖRG ZILLIES "has resigned from his position." The 66-year-old said, "The decision to step down is solely based on private and personal reasons." Zillies "took over as president in Sept. '11 after the club was relegated to the 3rd League, which led to financial problems." Club VP HANS-JÜRGEN LAUFER "will become the club's interim president" (SID, 7/15). ... Puma has appointed TORSTEN HOCHSTETTER as global creative director. Based in Herzogenaurach, Hochstetter will be responsible for designing, creating and developing the Sport Performance and Sport Lifestyle collections of the brand, touching on all product categories, including footwear, apparel and accessories. Hochstetter will work with Puma respective design teams worldwide (Puma). ... Nigeria IOC representative HABU GUMEL has been re-elected the treasurer-general of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa. Gumel, regarded as "Nigeria's Ambassador" to the IOC, "was returned unopposed after two other candidates from Mali and Botswana pulled out of the election" (ALL AFRICA, 7/13). ... South Korean sports administrator CHOUE CHUNG-WON on Sunday "earned a fourth term" as the int'l taekwondo chief. World Taekwondo Federation "retained Choue as its president for another four-year term." No election was held as Choue "was the sole candidate for the position" (YONHAP, 7/14). ... KOOH Sports named former English footballer PAUL MASEFIELD technical director of KOOH Sports Football Development Centres. Masefield "will be assisting KOOH Sports football experts in deployment of the football program across the country" (INDIAN BUSINESS STANDARD, 7/15). ... Former New Zealand hockey CEO HILARY POOLE "has been appointed as Netball New Zealand's" CEO. Poole replaces the long-serving RAELENE CASTLE, who has taken up the CEO position at the National Rugby League Canterbury Bulldogs club in Sydney (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 7/15). ... The Kontinental Hockey League Players' Union officially announced that ANDREI KOVALENKO is to stay on for another five-year term as its chairman (KHL).
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Indian Olympic running legend MILKHA SINGH -- otherwise known as the Flying Sikh -- "gets the lavish biopic treatment" in a new film called "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag," according to Scott Foundas of VARIETY. The film is "a rousing and handsomely crafted sports drama that’s on sure footing when it sticks to the track, but falls short of its ambitions to turn Singh’s life into a metaphor for fraught Indo-Pakistani relations in the years following the 1947 Partition." Singh, who reportedly sold his life rights to the filmmakers for the sum of 1 rupee ($0.02), is "something of an irresistible figure, both for his athletic prowess and for a life marked by twists of fate and fortune straight out of fiction." Bhaag Milkha Bhaag opens on one such moment -- the 1960 Rome Olympics, where "the heavily favorite Singh ended up placing fourth in his signature race" (the 400m) -- then flashes back to Singh’s childhood and adolescence, where Dir RAKEYSH OMPRAKASH MEHRA and screenwriter PRASOON JOSHI (“Delhi 6”) "set about unpacking the personal demons they believe haunted" Singh as he made his run for the Gold. It is an "unapologetically Freudian approach that frequently circles back to the violent events of the Partition, during which the Sikh Singh and his family found themselves on the Pakistan side of the newly drawn national border" (VARIETY, 7/12).
American tennis player MICHAEL RUSSELL "has distanced himself from comments posted on his Facebook page" labeling LLEYTON HEWITT a ''racist'' and a ''douche bag,'' for which Hewitt's agent, DAVID DRYSDALE, will "nevertheless seek clarification" from the ATP. Russell subsequently blamed his publicist for ''apparently'' posting the remarks without his approval (THE AGE, 7/16). ... The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday "opted for a younger chief selector" when it appointed former captain MOIN KHAN after the sudden resignation of IQBAL OASIM last month. Moin, 41, "is the youngest person to be named to the chief selector’s post by the board" (PTI, 7/15). ... Recently relegated Argentine second division side Independiente player FABIÁN VARGAS has decided not to leave the club for first division side Racing "for his personal security." Vargas, who had "received a number of threats on social media," informed Racing club execs through his agent, DANIEL COMBA (CLARIN, 7/15).
London Telegraph's TOM CARY: "Sauber saved? Russian partnership announced which will see 17-year-old Formula Renault 3.5 racer Sergey Sirotkin fast-tracked to a #f1 seat"
Sky News' PAUL KELSO: "Suspect Froome knows it goes with the territory, and the man in yellow has to drag the sport's past uphill with him."
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