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Athlete lunches dumped after salmonella scare INCHEON: Asian Games organisers prevented a potential mass outbreak of food poisoning after salmonella was detected in lunch boxes prepared for athletes, officials said Monday.The bacteria was found Sunday in meat included on boxed meals provided by a food caterer.A spokesman for the organising committee told AFP that all 76 lunch boxes prepared by the firm were immediately thrown away."It is our policy to dump the entire stock even if one sample is found to have been contaminated," the spokesman said."We've decided to replace the food catering company with a different one following the unfortunate event," he added.Among those who had requested the packed meals were athletes competing in shooting, fencing, weightlifting and sepak takraw.They were forced to wait several hours until a replacement snack of bread and milk was provided -- though some chose to skip the meal entirely.The salmonella was detected by South Korean food safety officials who ...

Badminton draw sets up Lin-Lee semi-final clash INCHEON: The draw for the Asian Games badminton men's team singles Monday saw Chinese superstar Lin Dan and Malaysian number one Lee Chong Wei put on course for a semi-final clash.Fans are hoping for another classic showdown between the two badminton titans as Lee makes a last bid for gold in his Asian Games swansong.The draw is determined by players' world rankings as of September 18 this year, so Lee and Chinese second seed Chen ...

Japan's surprise package sets sights on gold INCHEON: Japan's Shotaro Shirai has set his sights on robbing Chinese gymnastics superstar Zou Kai of gold in the Asian Games individual floor routine after sensationally oudoing the five-time Olympic gold medallist in the team event.Zou, China's most decorated Olympian, thought he had done enough to secure top spot in the floor round but Shirai, in his first major international event at Incheon in South Korea, pipped him with a simpler but better executed routine.Shirai's ...

Spanish federation hoping for Moya u-turn MADRID: The Spanish tennis federation said on Sunday that they will offer a contract renewal to Davis Cup captain Carlos Moya, despite the former world number one announcing his intention to step down.Without 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and world number seven David Ferrer, the five-time Davis Cup winners were relegated from the World Group for the first time in 18 years last week after losing 3-1 to Brazil in Sao Paulo."I do not ...

Leicester outfox United in dramatic win LEICESTER: Louis van Gaal's difficult start to his time as Manchester United manager continued as Leicester City sensationally came back from 3-1 down to win 5-3 in a remarkable Premier League encounter on Sunday. The visitors were on course to give the Dutchman his first away victory and second league win as United manager following last week's 4-0 thrashing of QPR, another newly-promoted side, at Old Trafford.Goals from Robin van Persie, Angel di Maria and ...

Morrison takes Baggies off the bottom against Spurs LONDON: James Morrison headed the only goal of the game to secure West Bromwich Albion's first win of the season as they climbed off the bottom of the Premier League table with a 1-0 win away to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.Scotland international Morrison's 74th-minute header at White Hart Lane eased the pressure on Baggies manager Alan Irvine and condemned Spurs to a second successive home defeat.Yet while this result will inject some much-needed confidence into ...

Saint-Andre wants French to learn the basics MARCOUSSIS: France rugby coach Philippe Saint-Andre has set his horizons so low he wants his players to learn to do the basics well so that they can start getting results that have largely eluded them in his three year reign.The 47-year-old former France skipper's overall record is a mediocre 11 victories, two draws and 16 defeats in his 29 Test matches since taking over from Marc Lievremont after the 2011 World Cup.He was speaking to ...


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