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Volume 10 No. 23

Leagues and Governing Bodies

Board of Control for Cricket in Indian President N. Srinivasan, who has been asked to step down by the Supreme Court, "will be attending" the Int'l Cricket Council’s exec board meeting on April 9-10 in Dubai, according to K.R. Nayar of the GULF NEWS. Though a "huge campaign" is on against Srinivasan attending the meeting, BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said that the Supreme Court "has not objected to Srinivasan attending the meeting." Patel: “We want him to attend ICC meetings because it is due to his hard work in the past few months that the BCCI has been strengthened in world cricket.” The BCCI’s argument is that the court has said that "no person employed with India Cements can be part of the BCCI administration," but does not say that Srinivasan "must also resign as India’s nominee to the ICC." Following the court order, Team India logistics manager M.A. Satheesh, who is an employee of India Cements, "had to be withdrawn and has left the World Twenty20" (GULF NEWS, 4/1). The PTI reported Rajasthan Cricket Association's representative in the BCCI, Mehmood Abdi, said that Srinivasan "is not eligible to represent the body in the ICC." Abdi has also filed an FIR against Srinivasan alleging fixing in a IPL match featuring Chennai Super Kings, "owned by the BCCI chief's company India Cements." The top court "has asked for the removal of all India Cements employees from the BCCI." Abdi: "Removal of smaller functionaries of India Cements from various BCCI assignments would not be the desired compliance of the Supreme Court Order until N. Srinivasan is removed from all BCCI assignments and responsibilities including representation in ICC" (PTI, 4/1). In Mumbai, Vijay Tagore reported former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has "been calling up the owners" of the Indian Premier League teams "seeking their views" on the status of "controversial" IPL COO Sundar Raman, whose fate "has been left in his hands." Gavaskar "tried to reach a few high profile owners," the Ambanis, Vijay Mallya and also Shah Rukh Khan. It is "not known if the new interim head of the IPL has managed to get through to any of the owners but one has confirmation with regard to his effort to get across to the franchise owners" (MUMBAI MIRROR, 4/1).

The DFB-Pokal (German Cup) "will reportedly undergo a major overhaul," according to BILD. The goal of the changes is to create "greater opportunity for lower level teams and no matches between Bundesliga top teams before the semifinals." German Football Federation (DFB) Dir Ulf Schott said, "Like amateur clubs, 2nd Bundesliga teams would have home-field advantage against Bundesliga clubs in the future. The result: more exciting matches and packed stadiums." In addition, the DFB plans "to give the six clubs, which are competing internationally, a bye for the competiton's first round" (BILD, 4/1).

South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism "has been accused of attempting to parachute Chungnam National University scholar Lee Chang-sup into the chairman post at the Korea Sports Promotion Foundation," according to Jung Min-ho of the KOREA TIMES. The KSPF "is a powerful organization" with an annual budget of 889B won ($836M), managing income from the country’s Sports TOTO sports lottery and legalized gambling. Through the KSPF, money from such activities is allocated to a variety of welfare, culture and leisure programs. The culture ministry "closely controls the picking a person to head the KSPF." While the ministry issued the job call in February, "sources close to the process question whether the competition is truly open." They believe that "the ministry has already cherry-picked Lee, a physical education professor with close ties to President Park Geun-hye’s Saenuri Party," to succeed current KSPF Chair Jung Jung-taek. Three candidates "are now waiting for the ministry’s recommendation" to President Park Geun-hye after the KSPF weeded out 14 other applicants for the position in mid-March through document examination and interviews (KOREA TIMES, 4/1).

A leading sports lawyer has urged the National Rugby League "to review the three-man tackle," according to Proszenko & Barrett of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Sydney-based sports lawyer Thomas Cahill believes that the governing body "is leaving itself open to legal action" over incidents such as the one that incapacitated Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon. Melbourne forward Jordan McLean, one of three players involved in the McKinnon tackle, "will front the NRL judiciary on Wednesday in what is shaping as one of the most complex and emotive cases in rugby league history." Cahill said that "it would be unlikely there would be any legal liability for McLean," as the three-man tackle is permitted in the rules of the game. However, he was concerned that technique "posed legal and safety risks for the NRL and the players respectively." Cahill: "The real issue here is whether the three-man tackle sanctioned by the NRL is dangerous and creates a risk to a player's safety" (SMH, 4/2).

CONTRACT INVESTIGATION: In Sydney, Proszenko, Walter, Lane & Carayannis reported the management team for Cronulla Sharks prop Andrew Fifita "has asked the NRL to investigate why his multi-million-dollar contract with Canterbury failed to come to fruition." Fifita knew that the deal "was on the verge of collapse when he made his controversial comments about wishing he'd signed with rugby union." Representatives for Fifita met NRL officials at League Central on Tuesday "to outline elements of the deal that Canterbury allegedly failed to honour after having reached agreement three weeks earlier, when the player signed a memorandum of understanding with the club." The shortfall was worth up to A$1M ($900,000) over four years. The long-form contract Fifita received last Thursday was worth A$335,000 under the salary cap and A$250,000 in third-party agreements (SMH, 4/2).

The Australian Football League "has banned controversial drug AOD-9604 and other substances linked to the Essendon doping saga as part of a new Prohibited Treatments List." The list surpasses the World Anti-Doping Agency code and was signed off by AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon. Any player found to breach the prohibited list "can be punished" by the AFL general counsel, the Commission or an AFL tribunal “at its absolute discretion” (HERALD SUN, 4/1). ... Following the suspension of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation for its refusal to comply with its directives, the India Sports Ministry on Tuesday "derecognised the IABF with immediate effect." It comes "as another massive jolt to the IABF, which has already been terminated by its international parent body, AIBA" (PTI, 4/1).