FOOTBALL

African football’s top official has pledged to take action after FIFPro research found 56% of players on the continent are paid late. Ahmad spoke at the FIFPro general assembly in Cairo last week.   “One of the first fights that we will have to carry out jointly with FIFPro will be the payment of salaries of professional players recruited by African clubs,” Ahmad said. “We will ask our committees to consider all ways and means so that our footballers can practice their profession in the best possible conditions and the first must be the settlement of their salaries... We intend to make...
17/12/2017

ICE HOCKEY

The women’s ice hockey squad is the latest Russian team to be disqualified from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi for doping, the International Olympic Committee has announced.   Six of the 21-woman squad – Inna Dyubanok, Ekaterina Lebedeva, Ekaterina Pashkevich, Anna Shibanova, Galina Skiba and Ekaterina Smolentseva – have been sanctioned for taking part in an elaborate sample-swapping conspiracy, with a case against a seventh, undisclosed athlete closed because of insufficient evidence. These decisions have been reached by one of the two disciplinary commissions set up by the IOC last year...
13/12/2017

SKI ALPIN

Although Svindal has won the overall World Cup title twice, his career has also been marked by a series of major injuries. His latest knee problem in January turned out to be more complex than expected as a meniscus had ripped off the bone and surgeons had to drill a new hole into the femur to reattach it.   Aksel Lund Svindal knows the recipe for success on the Saslong Classic course and he wasn't about to let his latest knee injury slow him down. It's no wonder the 34-year-old Norwegian veteran surprised onlookers by skiing wide around the final jump in training earlier this week. "I...
18/12/2017

MOTORSPORT

Polish driver Robert Kubica is no longer in the frame to drive for the British Williams team next year in a Formula One comeback. Russian Sergey Sirotkin has emerged as the favourite to drive for Williams in 2018, according to Motorsport.com.   Kubica has completed several test races for Williams, which is looking for a new driver to race alongside Canada’s Lance Stroll, according to public broadcaster Polish Radio. “Kubica had been favourite to make a sensational return to F1, with Williams impressed by his feedback and the way he fitted into the team and built up strong relationships,”...
15/12/2017

F1 Needs Teams For Driver Development

Formula 1 needs more teams like former backmarker Minardi because there are currently too few opportunities for young drivers to break through, according to Haas team principal Gunther Steiner.

 

Minardi raced in F1 for 21 years from 1985 and was renowned for giving young talented drivers a chance with the likes of Fernando Alonso, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli and Mark Webber all getting their start in F1 with the team.

 

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