ANDREW CLARK will move into a full-time CEO role at the Canberra Racing Club after filling the position on an interim basis for the past three months. It was decided Clark, a former Canberra Racing CFO, was the "best fit" for the organization after the departure of long-time CEO PETER STUBBS in October (THE AGE, 12/12). ... JOHN HARNDEN was appointed chair of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 local organizing committee. Harnden has been a member of the LOC board since its inception, having previously been CEO of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 LOC and CEO of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corp. The LOC board also includes Cricket Australia Chair EARL EDDINGS and CA CEO KEVIN ROBERTS (ICC). ... Former Hong Kong national men's football team head coach GARY WHITE was appointed manager of J.League side Tokyo Verdy. The 44-year-old "garnered praise as a miracle worker," having "raised minnows" such as the Bahamas and Guam to new heights in the FIFA rankings (JAPAN TIMES, 12/12).
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Afghanistan Football Federation President KERAMUUDIN KARIM was provisionally banned from "all football-related activities at both national and international level," FIFA announced. Karim is one of the men accused of the physical, mental and sexual abuse of footballers on the Afghan women's national team at a training camp in Jordan in February. The allegations are now being investigated by FIFA (London TELEGRAPH, 12/12). ... Six-time Paralympic champion DAVID WEIR was added to British Athletics' second-tier funding program after announcing his intention to race the marathon at Tokyo 2020. The 39-year-old had vowed to "never wear the GB vest again" after a dispute with a team coach at Rio 2016. But he said in September that counseling had "helped bring him back to sport" (BBC, 12/12). ... Atlético Madrid President ENRIQUE CEREZO appeared to "let slip a sexist remark" on Tuesday when he told female reporter CRISTINA GARCIA TIRADO that he "did not wish to discuss money with a woman," after she asked if the club had enough money to offer a new contract to defender DIEGO GODÍN. Cerezo replied, "To be sincere, I don't like to speak about money because it is uncouth, and even less so with a woman." Garcia played down the comment, saying Cerezo was "a great person and a gentleman" (REUTERS, 12/11).