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To blaze a trail for women

Tehran: A woman has applied to head the Iranian Football Federation despite the country’s ban on women even entering football stadiums, a website reported Saturday.

Kadijeh Sepanji told www.womaniniran.com that she wanted to blaze a trail for women. “Someone has got to open the way to other people so that women have the courage to show what they are capable of,” Sepanji said.

Sepanji, who is described as having “30 years of experience at the federation”, said she was under no illusions that the odds were stacked against her. “The federation’s executive committee is made up of 43 members, of which two are women. To show that they don’t even consider women, I am applying, but I am sure that none of the 41 male members of the committee will vote for me.”

Joint winners

Coolum: Australia’s Jarrod Moseley and Peter Lonard jointly won the Australian PGA Championship on Sunday after carding four-round totals of 17-under-par 271 and squaring one playoff hole in fading light. The pair both made par on the first playoff hole, the par-four 18th, at Queensland’s Coolum course before conferring with officials and shaking hands as joint winners.

Lonard started the final round five strokes behind Moseley but fired a four-under-par 68 including a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole while Moseley closed with seven consecutive pars in his final round of 73.

Lucio joins injury list

Berlin: Brazilian World Cup defender Lucio joined Bayer Leverkusen’s long injury list on Saturday with a damaged foot.

Coach Klaus Toppmoeller said that Lucio would need surgery on his foot and was expected to be sidelined until January, when the Bundesliga resumes after its winter break. Toppmoeller was speaking after a 2-3 home defeat by Hamburg SV sent last season’s runners-up down to 13th in the German first division standings. The Leverkusen coach was without Juan, Jens Nowotny, Zoltan Sebescen and Pascal Ojigwe all missed the clash through injury.

Ata-ur-Rehman appeals life ban

Karachi: Former Pakistan pacer Ata-ur Rehman Sunday said he had launched a court challenge against a life ban imposed on him after a match fixing inquiry two years ago.

“Yes, I have filed an appeal against the life ban in Lahore High Court and hope to get justice,” Rehman, 27, said. Rehman was banned for life from playing international cricket on the grounds of perjury between October 1998 to September 1999.

Batty’s legal action

London: Leeds United midfielder David Batty is considering legal action against the club after chairman Peter Ridsdale allegedly said he was no longer capable of playing at the top level, British media reported Sunday. Batty’s agent Hayden Evans was quoted in The Mail on Sunday as saying that the possibility of Batty’s retirement had been mentioned at the club’s Annual General Meeting Friday.

Multi-million Turk offer

Tehran: Iranian world record weightlifter Hossein Rezazadeh claimed Saturday he had been offered a multi-million dollar deal if he wins the 2004 Olympic gold medal for Turkey.

n Cricket:West Indies vs Bangladesh — Second ODI, live from 12.55 pm on ESPN n Soccer: Spanish League — from 5.30 pm on STAR Sports n English Premier League — West Ham United vs Southampton, live from 1.25 am (Tuesday) on STAR Sportsn Canada’s Anabelle Langlois and Patrice Archetto perform at the 2002 international figure skating competition in Kyoto Sunday. China’s Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo won the gold medal in the pairs competition. The Canadians took the bronze. (Reuters)


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