Paula Radcliffe to take part
London: Britain’s Paula Radcliffe will compete at next month’s IAAF world half marathon championships in Vilamoura, Portugal, British officials said on Friday.
Radcliffe, the world marathon record holder, will contest the shorter distance on October 4.
The Briton, who has twice won the world half marathon title, set a European record of 66:47 in Bristol in 2001.
Radcliffe returned to competition with victory in a 10 km event in London on Saturday, having pulled out of last month’s world championships in Paris because of injury and illness.
Anil Khanna on ITF board
Rio de Janeiro: Anil Khanna of India was elected to the 12-strong International Tennis Federation Board of Directors. Italian Francesco Ricci Bitti has been re-elected for a second four-year term as ITF president, the organisation said at its annual general meeting on Thursday.
Juan Margets was also re-elected ITF executive vice president while David Jude will serve again as honorary treasurer.
World No. 1 eliminated
Beijing: World No. 1 Timo Boll of Germany was bundled out of the China Open table tennis championships at the first hurdle on Friday, falling to China’s Chen Qi. Boll, who had a disappointing world championships in Paris last May, losing to China’s Qui Yike in the second round, lacked fitness in what was his first tournament of the season, and went down 3-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-7.
Sourav, Gaurav in semi-finals
Calcutta: Gaurav Nandrajog and Sourav Ghoshal moved into the semi-finals of the Country View Open squash meet in Kuala Lumpur, says A Staff Reporter.
According to information received here on Friday, Gaurav breezed past third seed Kelvin Ho of the host nation in the quarter finals, while Sourav disposed off Malaysia’s top junior Timothy Arnold 15-5, 15-9, 15-6.
Sourav, who had to qualify for the main draw, had upset fourth seed Marus Yeap 15-13, 15-2, 13-15, 15-8 in the first round.
Iran-NZ tie in Tehran
Kuala Lumpur: Iran will play New Zealand in Tehran in the Asia-Oceania Challenge Cup on October 12, the AFC said on Friday. The biennial fixture was initially scheduled to be played over two legs in March and April but the AFC postponed the competition due to the war in Iraq.
Iran qualified for the Challenge Cup by winning the Busan Asian Games title, while New Zealand beat Australia in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Nations Cup last year.
London: Patrick Vieira may have signed on with Arsenal until 2007 but he refuses to rule out playing for Manchester United one day. Vieira, 27, ended speculation about his immediate future last month when he signed a new deal at Highbury, putting a stop to reports that he could be lured away to either United or Real Madrid. But he admits one more big move before the end of his career is a distinct possibility.
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