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Volume 6 No. 214

People and Pop Culture

Bundesliga TSG Hoffenheim Managing Dir JOCHEN ROTTHAUS revealed that "he will leave the club when his contract expires in '14 at the latest." Rotthaus said that he "owes the club a lot" but wants "to take on new challenges" (SPORT, 7/25). ... Paraguayan national football team coach VICTOR GENES was presented by the team on Saturday. Genes will coach Paraguay in its final four World Cup qualifiers of the year as the club takes on Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela (AP, 7/27). ... Spanish third division side Albacete's "only three remaining members" of its board of directors, President AGUSTÍN LÁZARO, VP FRANCISCO PLAZA and Dir JOSÉ CARLOS MARTÍNEZ, "have announced their resignation." Lázaro said in a statement, "We announce our irrevocable resignation given the recent complete lack of sporting and institutional support" (MARCA, 7/27). ... TENGKU TAN SRI MAHALEEL TENGKU ARIFF "has been given the mandate" to become the Badminton Association of Malaysia CEO after receiving "unanimous support from the council members at the Annual General Meeting" on Saturday. It was a "no contest as Mahaleel was elected by the BAM council members in unison." He replaces DATUK SERI MOHD NADZMI SALLEH, who has gone on to become the Badminton Asian Confederation president last month after "helming BAM for 13 years" (THE STAR, 7/28). ... Eurosport Group announced the appointment of GURSHARAN SETHI as SVP of affiliate sales and marketing, Eurosport Asia-Pacific. Sethi started July 1, taking over from ARJEN HOEKSTRA, "who moved to the new channels new partner," Discovery Int'l (ISPORTCONNECT, 7/27).

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Gwangju, South Korea Mayor KANG UN-TAE "apologized Sunday for fabricating documents to win the right to host the 2019 World Aquatics Championships" (KOREA TIMES, 7/28). ... Croatian tennis player MARIN CILIC, currently world No. 15, "failed a drug test at the April Munich tournament" and the Int'l Tennis Federation is probing the case (AFP, 7/27). ... Former Dutch cyclist JEROEN BLIJLEVENS on Thursday "confessed to having used the performance-enhancing drug EPO during his cycling career." As a consequence, "Blijlevens quit as team leader of the Dutch cycling team Belkin with immediate effect" (XINHUA, 7/26). ... FINA President JULIO CESAR MAGLIONE was re-elected for a fifth term as Uruguayan National Olympic Committee President. He was first elected to the position in '96, then in '98, '04 and '08 (FINA). ... Indycar driver LUCA FORGEOIS signed with the Andretti Autosports team as its third driver in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda (Andretti Autosport).

Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "The Hungarian Grand Prix has signed a contract extension to 2021, Bernie told me as he was heading to the grid."

Punjab Cricket Association VP LALIT MODI: "Seen the Bcci decisions. All I can say is i am glad i am not part of this lame duck absolutely shameless organisation anymore."

AP's ROB HARRIS: "The most amusing moment of the #London2012 opening ceremony wasn't caught on camera: Boris falling off his seat on VIP row"

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