League Notes: Olympian Koji Murofushi Partners With Tokyo Medical, Dental University
Japanese Olympic hammer throw champion Koji Murofushi "is teaming up with the Tokyo Medical and Dental University to provide medical and scientific support to athletes and eventually produce more Olympic medalists in the future." The TMDU "will organize a new institute for sports science in October to support athletes in both sports medicine and sports science, and Murofushi will be in charge of the sports science division in the institute as a part-time professor at TMDU" (JAPAN TIMES, 7/17). ... Australia's Victoria state police said that "six men have been arrested over an alleged international tennis match-fixing syndicate." The Victoria Police said in a statement that "detectives from the Purana organized crime taskforce arrested the men following an investigation into an alleged betting syndicate based in Victoria with alleged links to national and international tennis matches." A police spokesperson said that "the allegations do not relate to matches on the ATP World Tour or at the Australian Open" (AP, 7/18). ... National Rugby League supporters donated more than A$1.1M ($1M) for injured Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon, "after a bucket appeal and the sale of wristbands at Hunter Stadium on Sunday" raised A$30,000 alone. The fund-raising effort "comes as NRL players consider whether to endorse a proposed insurance policy that may not pay them as big a sum if they were to suffer such a catastrophic injury" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/20).