League Notes: Ex-Police Chief To Probe Sheikh's Racing Operation
Britain's former top policeman John Stevens "is to look into the entire horse racing operation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum after being asked to investigate by the Dubai ruler himself." Stevens, the former head of London's Metropolitan Police Service, said, "I have been asked by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to oversee an internal inquiry that will examine organizational structures, internal communication and veterinary practices at all of the major components of Sheikh Mohammed's equestrian properties and operations, including Darley, Godolphin, Meydan and Janah, the equine flight company" (AFP, 10/3). ... Boxing South Africa "faces a fresh crisis after it emerged that boxers are no longer fully insured." Stakeholders "were surprised when they were informed during Gauteng's provincial boxing indaba that the 40-year-old benevolent fund all boxers have been contributing" 1.5% of their purse to -- "no longer existed." Boxers contributed toward the fund on the understanding that "the money they paid over the years would be reimbursed back to them when they retire from the sport" (SOWETAN LIVE, 10/3). ... South African cricket officials "are set to consider a proposal forcing professional franchises to include at least two black Africans in every team." Another item "expected to be discussed" at an Oct. 11 Cricket South Africa meeting "will be the need for second-tier, semi-professional provincial sides to select three black Africans" (AAP, 10/3).