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Bolt still has long jump and 400m on his mind for Rio
ATHLETICS:The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, is still toying with the notion of adding the 400 metres or long jump to his repertoire after retaining his 100m and 200m Olympic titles.
The 26-year-old, who also helped defend Jamaica’s 4x100m relay crown in London, said yesterday he could opt to branch out at the 2016 Olympic in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s just to find something else now to strive towards,” said Bolt in Tokyo. “I could try another event, maybe the long jump or the 400 metres,” added Bolt, who came on stage dancing to loud reggae music.
The 100m and 200m world record holder had previously said he would be concentrating on completing a “three-peat” in his own events but appears to have had a rethink.
Bolt said he wanted to keep pushing himself towards fresh challenges after becoming the first man to retain both the 100m and 200m Olympic titles earlier this year.“I want to try football,” said the Manchester United fan, who received a Bolt 9.58 jersey in honour of his 100m world record time on a recent visit to Old Trafford.
ICC suspend six umpires
CRICKET:The International Cricket Council (ICC) has provisionally suspended six umpires who allegedly agreed to spot-fix matches during a recent sting operation conducted by an Indian television channel.
Footage screened on the Hindi-language India TV on Monday showed what the news channel said was officials from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka negotiating deals with under-cover reporters to affect the outcome of matches.
Pakistan’s Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka’s Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage were all seen agreeing to give favourable decisions in exchange for umpiring contracts and money.
The global governing body said in a statement yesterday investigations would be conducted by the respective boards of each country while the umpires remained barred from officiating in any matches.
“The officials named are not contracted by the ICC and those boards who employ and nominate the umpires directly will conduct the investigations as a matter of urgency.”
Irish captain Hoban is the real deal
SOCCER:While some Englishmen who’ve declared for the Republic of Ireland over the years may have openly admitted to possessing tenuous links to their ancestral home, there can be no questioning the bone fides of under-19 captain Tommie Hoban.
“My mother was born in Dublin and my Dad’s parents are from Westport in Mayo and Limerick,” said the Watford defender, who captains his country against Luxembourg today.