League Notes: Beijing Women's Rugby Sevens Team Apologizes For Throwing Match
The Beijing women's rugby sevens team on Tuesday night "apologized for throwing a match at the 12th Chinese National Games." The team said in a statement, "We totally lost our composure during the match. Our inappropriate behavior tarnished the images of rugby and the National Games. We sincerely apologize for it" (XINHUA, 9/4). ... Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa told Pakistani Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday that Sri Lanka has decided "to resume playing cricket in Pakistan after a four year gap." Rajapaksa said that "a Sri Lankan team will soon play in Pakistan" (IANS, 9/4). ... Hockey India on Wednesday announced cash awards for three field hockey players who "played well in the Indian team's silver winning performance in the recent Asia Cup tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia" (THE HINDU, 9/4). ... The Johor FA has rebutted claims made by the FA of Malaysia "that the state had yet to set up the Integrity Committee to fight match-fixing." The JFA said in a statement Wednesday that it had set up its own committee -- called the Investigation, Security, and Medical Committee and not the Integrity Committee -- "as recommended by the Youth and Sports Ministry and FAM" (THE STAR, 9/4).