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New rule could bar S. Korea's Park from Rio Games SEOUL: The 18-month suspension handed to South Korea's four-time Olympic swimming medallist Park Tae-Hwan for failing a dope test could see him miss the 2016 Olympic Games, even though the ban ends before the Rio event.A Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) official confirmed Tuesday that Park, a national icon in South Korea, could fall foul of a new rule barring any athlete suspended for doping from competing with the national team for a period of three years."Should the rule be applied as it is, Park would be unable to take part in next year's Olympic Games," the official, who declined to be identified, told AFP.The rule, instituted by the KOC last July, states that the three-year ban on representing South Korea in competition begins on the date the doping suspension expires.Park's 18-month ban was handed down by world swimming body FINA on Monday.In a statement released by his agency, Park expressed ...

UEFA predicts bumper revenue for 2015-2016 VIENNA: UEFA expects a bumper revenue of 4.6 billion euros ($5.05 billion) for 2015-2016 when the European Championships in France will more than double revenues from the Champions League, a top official said Tuesday.The European governing body's finance director Josef Koller told the UEFA congress the figure would be 66% higher than for 2011-12 when the last European Championships were held in Poland and Ukraine.The championship will be increased from 16 to 24 teams in ...

Injured Robben set to miss Bayern's Porto clash       BERLIN: Arjen Robben is set to miss Bayern Munich's Champions League quarter-finals against FC Porto next month amidst reports he is out for six to eight weeks with torn stomach muscles.The 31-year-old was taken to hospital after suffering the injury in the first-half of Bayern's shock 2-0 German league defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.It was Bayern's first home defeat of the season and only their third in all competitions after losing to Manchester City ...

Platini warns of new 'dark days' of hooliganism VIENNA: UEFA president Michel Platini on Tuesday warned of a return to the "dark days" of hooliganism in Europe fired by a rise in nationalism and extremism.Platini, who is to be reelected unopposed to a third term leading Europe's governing body, said governments had to stop a return to the 1980s when "hooligans and all manner of fanatics called the shots" in many European stadiums.The former football star highlighted the 30th anniversary of the 1985 ...

Harlequins wing Monye to retire LONDON: Harlequins' former England and British and Irish Lions wing Ugo Monye will retire at the end of the season, he announced on the English Premiership club's website on Monday."It is a decision that I have been thinking about for a long time, and one that I haven't taken lightly," said Monye, who has spent his entire playing career at Quins, making 237 appearances."I have had an unbelievable 13 years at Quins, and look back ...

Paterski wins first stage in Catalonia    CALELLA: Poland's Maciej Paterski won the first stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Monday as a three-man breakaway left the peloton nearly three minutes behind.Paterski edged out France's Pierre Rolland and Belgian Bart de Clerq to claim the 185.2 kilomtre stage around Calella in a time of 4hr 33min 40sec.Former Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were among the chasing pack that finished 2min 40sec behind the leaders.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), ...

Captain Clarke vows to preserve true Ryder Cup spirit LONDON: Darren Clarke has pledged to do all he can to avoid some of the mistakes of the past when he captains Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup in Minnesota.The event has occasionally been marred by controversy, notably in the so-called 'War on the Shore' at Kiawah Island in 1991 and at Brookline in 1999 when U.S. players overdid victory celebrations by trampling on the line of a European putt.More recent Ryder Cups have been ...


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