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Britain's Cook has Moldova switch approved LONDON: British taekwondo fighter Aaron Cook has been cleared to compete for Moldova in time for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the British Olympic Association (BOA) announced on Thursday.Cook, 24, was not picked by Great Britain for London 2012 and after receiving funding from Moldovan billionaire Igor Iuzefovici, he applied to become a citizen of the eastern European state earlier this month.He has already been granted a passport and is now free to compete under the Moldovan flag after the BOA ratified his change of allegiances."Following a request from taekwondo athlete Aaron Cook to change his sporting nationality from British to Moldovan, the British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced that Cook's request has been approved," the BOA said in a statement.Cook competed for Britain at Beijing 2008 and felt he was overlooked for the London Games because he decided to withdraw from the British taekwondo programme in 2011.He ...

Waqar Younis reply back to Razzaq’s allegations Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis replied back to senior Pakistani cricketer Abdul Razzaq who blamed him for neglecting experienced players for the Pakistani cricket squad. According to media reports, Waqar Younis said in the statement, “It is wrong to say I look down on anyone or can't forget I was a superstar once. Yes I believe that as a coach you shouldn't have players in the side who have played with you but I have ...

Spotlight on Ajmal as Pakistan face Bangladesh DHAKA: Saeed Ajmal returns to centre stage after almost eight months hoping to strike early form with a remodelled bowling action when Pakistan open their tour of Bangladesh on Friday.The prolific off-spinner became the most high-profile casualty of the International Cricket Council's crackdown on illegal actions when he was suspended from the game last September.The 37-year-old was cleared to bowl again in February just before the World Cup Down Under, but was not picked for ...

Pakistan lose injured Shah for Bangladesh series DHAKA: Pakistan's leg-spinner Yasir Shah was on Thursday ruled out of the upcoming one-day series against Bangladesh, a third injury setback for the tourists in the past two weeks.Shah, 28, needed three stitches on his left thumb after being hit during a practice match on Wednesday ahead of the first of three one-day internationals in Dhaka on Friday.Team manager Naved Cheema told AFP that a replacement for Shah will be named shortly, but it was ...

Teen Masters sensation Guan happy to play long game SHENZHEN: The presence of Bubba Watson in China just days after he passed on the green jacket to Jordan Spieth meant the Masters was the talk of the town as the Shenzhen International began Thursday.But there is another player at the inaugural European Tour event in the southern Chinese city who will forever be linked to Augusta National, even though a low-key approach to his career has seen him almost fall off the radar since ...

Russia to face Germany without injured Sharapova MOSCOW: Russia's hopes of winning a place in the Fed Cup final suffered a setback as world number two Maria Sharapova dropped out through injury just days ahead of the semi-final with Germany.Before Sharapova's withdrawal, Russia looked favourites to win the semi-final as she has been joined by 25th-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam winner, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (38th), and Elena Vesnina (71st).The 29-year-old Kuznetsova, three-time Fed Cup champion, has a chance to become Russia's ...

Ledecky dominates 1500m free at Mesa PHOENIX: Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Katie Ledecky dominated the women's 1500m freestyle Wednesday on the opening night of the Pro Swim Series meeting at Mesa, Arizona.Ledecky clocked 15 minutes, 42.23 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in history. Including her world record of 15:28.36, the 18-year-old owns four of the top five times ever in the event."I think it was really good for me to swim it just because I haven't raced in two months," ...


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