Indian spikers in quarters
Beijing: India thrashed Thailand 3-1 to storm into the quarter finals of the 12th Asian men’s volleyball championship in Tianjin on Sunday.
The Indian spikers recorded a 25-19, 28-18, 22-25, 25-17 victory, their third consecutive win, to top group B. They now take on Japan who finished second in group D.
On Saturday, India defeated Bahrain 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-16), and on Friday they upset defending champions South Korea 3-2.
16 for meet in Pakistan
Islamabad: India has sent the highest number of entries for the world junior ranking tennis tournaments to be held in Islamabad later this month, a Pakistan tennis official said.
“India has sent 16 entries — ten boys and six girls,” said Mohammed Arif Qureshi who has been nominated the chief referee for the two-leg tournament.
The first leg of the championship is slated to be held from September 29 to October 5 here.
Qureshi said the organisers have also received two entries in the girls section from Thailand, while Sri Lanka plans to send three boys and two girls.
Title for Chen Hong
Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia): China’s Chen Hong won the men’s singles title at the Malaysian Open badminton meet on Sunday with a 15-9, 15-5 victory over Malaysian national champion Lee Chong Wei.
In the women’s singles final, China’s Zhou Mi defeated Camilla Martin of Denmark 11-1, 7-11, 11-5.
In the women’s doubles final, Chinese pair Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen upstaged second seeds Gao Ling and Huang Sui of China 15-5, 1-15, 17-15.
World champions Kim Dong-moon and Ra Kyung-min of South Korea cruised to a 15-6, 15-5 victory over Britain’s Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in the mixed doubles.
Mandela role in rugby race row
Cape Town: Former South African President Nelson Mandela plans to play an advisory role in the race row that has engulfed Springbok rugby for the past two weeks, a local Sunday newspaper has reported.
Mandela will meet the Springbok team “in the next few days to try and find a solution... before the team leaves for the World Cup in Australia”, Afrikaans language newspaper Rapport said.
Retired Judge King, 74, has been appointed by the South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU) and SA Rugby, the professional arm of the sport, to head an independent investigation into alleged prejudice within Springbok rugby.
Last week, locks Geo Cronje and Quinton Davids were left out of the 30-strong South African squad for next month’s World Cup following an alleged racist incident at a training camp.
The King Inquiry is scheduled to start on Monday.
15-year-old racer dies
Auckland: A 15-year-old racer was killed on Sunday when his car collided with a 13-year-old female competitor’s vehicle in an Auckland Car Club race involving single-seater, 1,800 cc cars at PukekoHe Raceway.
Police said Michael Montgomery McHugh was taken to a nearby hospital’s intensive care unit with serious head injuries and died about three hours later.
The girl, whom police would not name, received moderate injuries, including torn ligaments in her wrist and whiplash.
Preliminary inquiries found that both drivers lost control of their cars after one clipped the other during the final lap of the race.
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