New Serie A side Inter Milan Owner ERICK THOHIR "is a sports-loving media mogul with a track record of turning around ventures struggling financially," according to the AFP. Thohir and his two partners -- ROSAN ROESLANI and HANDY SOETEDJO -- join "a growing group of Asian business tycoons who have bought into British and European clubs, but the three are the first Asians to acquire an Italian Serie A club." Thohir: "I am an entrepreneur, but first of all I am a supporter and a sports lover. I cannot wait to put our passion and international experience at the service of this fantastic club and its supporters." Those in Indonesia’s sporting world who know Thohir, however, said that "he is a businessman first, with the savvy to turn Inter around financially" after the club dipped 19% in value to an estimated $401M. Indonesian football commentator Ari Junaedi said, "His speciality is buying up businesses that are having money problems and then using his management and financial acumen to bring them back to the top" (AFP, 10/16).
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Former Dutch national coach DICK ADVOCAAT "has agreed a short-term contract" to take over at Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar until the end of the season (REUTERS, 10/16). ... Japan's Pacific League club Seibu Lions Manager HISANOBU WATANABE resigned Tuesday "after the team missed out on both the Japan Series and Pacific League titles for the fifth straight year" (KYODO, 10/16). ... IPC governing board member and Brazilian Paralympic Committee President ANDREW PARSONS "has been appointed to serve" on the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (IPC). ... Poland sacked coach WALDEMAR FORNALIK "after their failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil" (BBC, 10/16). ... U.S. Special Olympics appointed JANET FROETSCHER as CEO. She will work out of the Special Olympics' Washington, D.C. headquarters beginning Monday (Special Olympics). ... South African side Maritzburg United has named CLINTON LARSEN its new coach. He replaces ERNST MIDDENDORP, who "jumped ship" at Maritzburg on Thursday to take up the vacant Celtic job. For Larsen, it is "a return to the club where he first began his coaching career" as assistant to GORDON IGESUND" (SOWETAN LIVE, 10/16). ... Hockey India named Australian Olympian TERRY WALSH as chief coach of its senior men's national team (PTI, 10/15).
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The brother and manager of Tunisian tennis star MALEK JAZIRI on Monday slammed as “shocking” the political pressure to boycott a match with Israel’s AMIR WEINTRAUB "from the authorities back home." Jaziri said the decision was “shocking, because it brings politics into sport. ... We are totally against that. And Malek is the first victim, because tennis is his career, his bread-winner" (AFP, 10/15). ... Japan head rugby coach EDDIE JONES will "be hospitalized indefinitely to undergo tests after showing symptoms of a stroke." Sources said that "he is conscious, speaking and upbeat, but there was no timetable on when he would be released from the hospital" (KYODO, 10/16).
NBC F1 reporter WILL BUXTON: "Am I weird? Saw Baumgartner is racing VW at the weekend and actually disappointed to see it's the Red Bull space jump chap, not Zsolt."
AP's ROB HARRIS: "Further violent clashes in Rio & Sao Paulo last night - protests that began around Confeds continuing."
Daily Telegraph's PAUL HAYWARD: "The Montenegro and Poland games were great fun. We'd stopped expecting that from England games."
Ecuador President RAFAEL CORREA: "¡Gracias muchachos! ¡Gracias Profe Rueda! ¡Gracias Lucho! ¡Gracias a tod@s los que han hecho posible esta inmensa alegria! ¡ECUAAAADOOOR!" ("Thanks boys! Thanks [Ecuador national team] coach [Reinaldo] Rueda! Thanks to all those that have made this immense pleasure possible!")
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