Names In The News
ManU fans "booed a plane which flew over Old Trafford" with a banner calling for Manager DAVID MOYES to be sacked during Saturday's game against Aston Villa. Supporters inside the stadium "generally greeted it with boos, although it was so high it was difficult to read and there was no supportive chanting from the home fans" (London GUARDIAN, 3/29). ... The 42-year-old heavyweight champion VITALI KLITSCHKO "has decided to throw his weight behind former rival" PETRO POROSHENKO, saying that "he did not want to split the vote." Poroshenko, known as the "Chocolate King," will effectively be in a two-horse race against Ukraine's former PM YULIA TYMOSHENKO (EUROSPORT, 3/30).
IOC RESIGNATION: Former French skier JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY “has resigned” as a member of the IOC, declaring that “it’s time to move on after spending the past seven years heading the oversight panel for the Winter Games in Sochi.” As chairman of the IOC coordination commission for Sochi, Killy “was the main point man on the preparations for the games.” He traveled to Russia more than 40 times and worked closely with Putin. Killy “came under scrutiny” for his dealings with Putin amid global criticism of Russia’s human rights record and the law banning gay “propaganda” among minors. Killy said, “Did my image suffer from it (his relationship with Putin)? It does not matter much. I spent seven years working in a direct relationship with a head of state running a country of 145 million inhabitants. I’m probably one of those who know him best. I’m convinced that Putin is a good man” (AP, 3/28).