Havelange, FIFA king who abdicated in corruption scandal, dead at 100

first_imgMoney games Havelange neither drank nor smoked and met with Pope John Paul II on no less than three occasions. However, there was a less savory side to the clean-living sports powerbroker.Amid swirling allegations of corruption, Havelange resigned from the IOC in December 2011. Officially he left for health reasons, but his departure was two days before he was due to face an ethics investigation into allegations he had taken bribes to funnel contracts to a marketing company called ISL.In 2013, Havelange resigned as honorary president of FIFA after confirmation of reports that he had taken bribes.Critics say that corruption was as much Havelange’s legacy as the successful internationalization of football. His successor Blatter would himself announce his resignation in June 2015 after a massive corruption probe led to the arrests of seven top FIFA officials.Havelange still casts a long shadow over international sport.Athletes competing in the Rio Games race in a stadium which — despite complaints from some quarters — still bears the name: Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium. Global game Under Havelange the World Cup expanded from a 16-nation event focused on Europe and a few South American sides to the planet-wide sporting festival it has become.By the time Havelange handed over the FIFA reins to Sepp Blatter in 1998, the number of competing nations had doubled to 32, with 12 coming from Asia, Africa or the CONCACAF region for North and Central America and the Caribbean.He also oversaw FIFA’s inauguration of the Under-17 World Cup, the World Youth Cup, the Women’s World Cup, the Indoor World Cup and also introduced the Confederations’ Cup, played between continental champions.“I did not become president of FIFA just to watch good football and applaud,” Havelange said just before making way for Blatter. Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | Joao Havelange, who has died at 100, was the man who made FIFA a global powerhouse, only to resign under a cloud of corruption that has darkened the world footballing body’s reputation.His death was confirmed Tuesday by the Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. He had been treated there as recently as July for pneumonia.As head of FIFA for 24 years and with half a century on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Havelange thought and acted big, becoming a central figure in the evolution of today’s sporting mega-events.Among his last achievements was to use his clout to help Rio win its bid to host this year’s Olympic Games — the first held in South America.Havelange “sees the world through a telescope and not through a microscope,” former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger said.Born to a wealthy Belgian immigrant family in Rio de Janeiro in 1916, Jean-Marie Faustin Goedefroid de Havelange graduated with a law degree, but sport was his true love.He represented Brazil in swimming at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin and again in Helsinki in 1952, where he was on the water polo team.His real calling turned out to be in management where he rose to the top echelons of sporting bodies, setting a standard for the kind of lengthy — and deeply entrenched — reigns that some critics blame for fostering a culture of corruption.Havelange was president of the Brazilian Sports Confederation for 15 years and joined the Brazilian Olympic Committee in 1955, then the IOC in 1963 where he would remain until 2011.In 1974 he got the job of FIFA president, succeeding Sir Stanley Rous as the first non-European in the role. Over the next quarter century Havelange would change the way the world experienced football.last_img read more

Tanzania are CECAFA women champions

first_imgVIDEO: Tanzania 2 Kenya 1. The outcome of the CECAFA women’s tournament final, was not one many expected with Tanzania on top. The Kilimanjaro Queens shocked Kenya’s Harambee Starlets in the final to become kings of the region. Mwanahamisisomari inspired the victory in front of a packed gallery . Uganda however, failed to secure podium place, losing to Ethiopia in the 3rd place play off. Grace Mbabazi watched the action unfold at Njeru. Share on: WhatsApplast_img

China’s Suning to pay $650m for Premier League TV rights

first_imgShanghai, China | AFP | A Chinese conglomerate has won the rights to broadcast the English Premier League in China for three years, it said Friday, with reports putting the deal’s value at $650 million.The contract would represent a huge uplift on the previous contract as Chinese money pours into football, including major investments in England, and businesses rush to support President Xi Jinping’s national footballing ambitions.“The feedback that the board of the English Premier League gave us is that we have won the bid” to broadcast the English Premier League from 2019 to 2022, a spokesman for Suning Holdings’s PPTV unit told AFP.The exclusive media rights cover mainland China and its special administrative region Macau, a Suning spokeswoman said, adding they still have paperwork to sign before making an official announcement.PPTV is an online streaming platform under the sports arm of the Suning Holdings company, which paid 270 million euros (then $306 million) in June for a majority stake of Inter Milan.It also owns Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning, which twice broke the Asian transfer record this year to sign Ramires from Chelsea for 28 million euros and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Alex Teixeira for 50 million euros.The three-year TV rights were worth more than $650 million, Bloomberg News reported, marking a 12-fold increase on the current contract due to intense competition for the rights.Friday’s announcement by PPTV came soon after the start of a new Premier League television rights cycle, which has generated some £8.3 billion ($10 billion) worldwide through 2019. In the United States, leading terrestrial television network NBC signed a $1 billion six-year deal for the American rights through to 2022.PPTV’s entry into the Premier League broadcast rights market follows huge Chinese investment into English football clubs of more than £500 million ($668 million) since December 2015.The impact has been greatest in the Midlands where Premier League West Bromwich Albion and second-tier Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers are now all owned by Chinese businessman or corporations.Last month, a Chinese consortium struck a preliminary agreement to buy Premier League Hull City for £130 million ($159 million), conditional on approval by English football authorities.But the investment is not limited to outright control, with the Chinese’s government’s 13 percent stake in Abu Dhabi-controlled Premier League giants Manchester City one of a number of shareholdings in English clubs.Chinese firms have spent lavishly this year on football clubs, players, and broadcasting rights in an effort to diversify their businesses and aid Xi’s dream of making China into a global centre of gravity for the sport.Xi is a known football fan and in 2011 — when he was then vice president — he laid out three hopes for China’s soccer future: to qualify for another World Cup, to host a World Cup and to win a World Cup.Sport planners hope to turn China into a “world football superpower” by 2050, with a target of 50 million people playing the game by 2020, according to a plan published by the Chinese Football Association in April.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Onyango, Emong for Uganda Sports Personality Of The Year Award

first_imgWinners in respective sports disciplines AthleticsMale: David EmongFemale: Juliet ChekwelBoxingShadir MusaFootballDenis OnyangoWomen FootballHasfa NassunaMotorsport(Rallying) The crew of Jas Mangat and Joseph KamyaGolfMale: Ronald OtileFemale: Flavia NamakulaCricketMale: Henry SsenyondoFemale: Stephanie NampinaPool The Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) has nominated footballer Denis Onyango, Olympian Emong and rugby player Phillip Wokorach for the annual  Sports Personality Of The Year award.The three were picked after USPA, in their meeting at Lugogo on Monday, named the best for 2016 in all sports disciplines. Onyango, Emong and Wokorach were named top in their sport in 2016.There were no nominees for tennis, cycling and volleyball as they were considered inactive.The Uganda Sports Personality of the year will be announced at the USPA gala crowning whose date will be set soon.OnyangoSouth Africa based Denis Onyango was named Uganda’s footballer of the year after guiding Uganda Cranes and his club Sundowns to historic performances.He was in goal as Uganda Cranes qualified for the Nations Cup finals for the first time since 1978, then led his club to the African Club Championship title – the first Ugandan to win the honour. His club also competed at the World Club Championships.EmongDavid Emony was named Uganda’s athlete of the year after his historic medal exploits in the para-Olympics event at the Rio Olympics.  Emong gave Uganda her first ever Paralympics medal, winning silver in 1500m – T46 final in Rio.Emong, 26, was Uganda’s only athlete at the competition. The T46 disability sport classification is a group for track and field athletes missing their arm from near the top of their arm.WokorachHe is a Uganda 7s international who has had an outstanding year. He was the star as Uganda lifted their maiden Africa Rugby Cup Sevens title in Nairobi.Uganda’s victory in the African Rugby 7s in Nairobi booked them a place in three major tournaments, Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens  and the HSBC Cape Town Sevens in December plus the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong in March.USPA SPORTS PERSONALITIES OF 2016 Nominees for Sports Personality of the yearDenis Onyango (Football)David Emong (Paralympics)Phillip Wokorach (Rugby)Nominees for Team of the yearUganda CranesRugby CranesCity OilersNominations for Sports Event of the yearNational Open Pool ChampionshipUganda Golf Open**The winners of the above awards will be announced at the gala (date will be communicated soon). Male: Sula MatovuFemale: Vicky NamuyanjaBobybuildingAndrew SsenogaBadmintonMale: Brian KasiryeFemale: Shamim BangiTable TennisMale: Gilton ChelibeFemale: Halima NambozoWoodballMale: Onesmus AtambaFemale: Lillian ZaweddeWeightliftingKhalid BatuusaRugbyMale: Phillip WokorachFemale: Grace AumaBasketballMale: Jimmy EnabuFemale: Judith NansobyaMotocrossAviv OrlandChessMale: Harold WanyamaFemale: Joyce KabenganoNetballJoan NampunguDartsMale: Jacob OkidiFemale: Dinah AmodingKickboxingPatricia ApolotLudoSarah NamubiruHandballMale: Felix MukunziFemale:Muhaimuna NamuwayaSwimmingMale: Nicholas MalaniFemale: Kirabo NamutebiHockeyMale: Innocent MbabaliFemale: Doreen AsiimweSquashIan Rukunyacenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Klitschko’s retirement ends Joshua rematch hopes

first_imgBritain’s Anthony Joshua (L) throws a jab at Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko during the seventh round of their IBF, IBO and WBA, world Heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium in north west London on April 29, 2017.Berlin, Germany | AFP |  Ukraine’s former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement from boxing on Thursday to scupper any hopes of a November rematch against Britain’s Anthony Joshua.Hamburg-based Klitschko, 41, hangs up his gloves as one of the all-time greats of the ring after a nine-and-a-half year reign as heavyweight champion, which was ended in 2015 and his last two fights ended in defeat.He is behind only the great Joe Louis as the second-longest serving heavyweight champion of all time having enjoyed 18 consecutive defences over a nine-year span. Louis had 26 title defences between 1937 and 1949.Klitschko, nicknamed ‘Dr Steelhammer’, won super-heavyweight gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.After turning professional, he was the undisputed world champion from 2006-2015, a period in which he held several belts.His reign was ended two years ago when he finally lost to Britain’s Tyson Fury on points.Klitschko’s last fight was in April when he was stopped by Joshua in the 11th round of the WBA title fight in front of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium in London in a hard-fought bout in which both fighters hit the canvas.Klitschko showed plenty of heart by recovering being put down in the fifth to drop Joshua to the floor in the next round.Klitschko’s retirement dashes a mooted blockbuster rematch with Joshua possibly in Las Vegas in November.Joshua is now most likely to fight mandatory challenger, Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev, as he chases a unifying bout against WBC champion Deontay Wilder of the United States or New Zealand’s WBO champion Joseph Parker.– website crash –Such was the interest in Klitschko’s announcement that the demand crashed his website on Thursday morning.“After my last fight against Anthony Joshua, I deliberately took the time to make a decision,” said Klitschko, whose elder brother Vitali, 46, is also a former world heavyweight boxing champion.“I never thought I’d have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” he told his fans in a statement.Klitschko bows out with a record of 64 wins and five defeats with 54 knock-out wins in 69 professional bouts. “I have achieved everything I dreamt of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” added Klitschko in a video statement.“27 years ago, I started my journey and it was the best decision I could have ever made.“Because of this choice, I have travelled the world, learnt new languages, created businesses, built intellectual properties, helped people in need.“I became a scientist, an entrepeneur, a motivator, a leader, a trainer, an investor and much more.“I’m still able to do all this because of the global appeal of the sport of boxing.– Hotel interests –“At some point in our lives, we need or just want to switch our careers and get ready for the next challenges, I’m no exception.“Now it is my turn, I’m honestly doing this with respect for the new challenges and also with tremendous excitement, passion and dedication.“I am expecting and hoping that my next career, which I have been planning and working on for a few years, will be at least as successful as my old one.”Among his future projects, Klitschko will now turn his attention to the hotel industry.He is involved in a chain of luxury hotels — 11 Mirrors — in Ukraine and has plans to expand.“We are concentrating on expanding with 11 Mirrors to Germany and the USA,” Klitschko told German finance magazine Euro am Sonntag.“I like to spend a lot of money on the training of my employees.“There is no better return on investment than investing money in its team.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

WC DRAW: Spain vs Portugal and Nigeria vs Argentina

first_imgEngland must negotiate Kevin de Bruyne’s Belgium, surprise packages Panama and Tunisia after they were placed together in the draw in the Kremlin.Spain’s other opponents in a tough-looking Group B are Morocco and Iran.France will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C.Host nation Russia will face Saudi Arabia in the tournament-opening match on June 14 in Moscow.Tweets about @FIFAWorldCup Share on: WhatsApp Spain and Portugal drawn in same World Cup groupMoscow, Russia | AFP |  The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in an exciting draw for the 2018 tournament in Russia on Friday.Neymar’s Brazil meanwhile will have to negotiate a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.Holders Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea as they try to retain the title for the first time since Brazil in 1962.Lionel Messi and his Argentina team which struggled to qualify will play European debutants Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.last_img read more

Arsenal ease to victory, Batshuayi grabs Dortmund comeback win

first_imgElsewhere, Patrick Cutrone and Fabio Borini scored as AC Milan claimed a 3-0 lead over Ludogorets Razgrad to take back to the San Siro for the second leg.Mario Balotelli scored twice, but 10-man Nice blew a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to Lokomotiv Moscow as Manuel Fernandes hit a hat-trick, while Valere Germain struck two goals as Marseille cruised past Braga 3-0.Aritz Aduriz’s double helped Athletic Bilbao win 3-1 at Spartak Moscow, while Salzburg snatched a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad with a 94th-minute leveller.Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Mesut Ozil scored as Arsenal eased to a 3-0 victory at Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the first leg of their Europa League, last-32 tie on Thursday, while Michy Batshuayi snatched Borussia Dortmund a dramatic win over Atalanta.Left-back Nacho Monreal put Arsenal into an early lead with his fifth goal of the season, tapping in after home goalkeeper Aly Keita inexplicably let the ball slip from his grasp. The visitors were also gifted the second goal in the 24th minute as Ostersunds tried to play their way out of their own area, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan latching onto the loose ball and seeing a low cross diverted into his own net by defender Sotirios Papagiannopoulos.Ostersunds coach Graham Potter, a former defender for Stoke and West Brom in England, made two half-time changes in an attempt to change the flow of the game, but Arsenal all but ended the tie before the hour mark.Mkhitaryan played in Ozil, who jinked his way through and saw his shot burst through the hands of the hapless Keita and bobble into the net.Ostersunds were gifted a chance to at least add a memorable goal to their fairytale run, but after Tesfaldet Tekie was brought down by Hector Bellerin, David Ospina saved Tom Pettersson’s injury-time penalty.The comfortable win means that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be able to rest his key players for the second leg at the Emirates in a week’s time.center_img – Red-hot Batshuayi rescues Dortmund –Batshuayi continued his good form with a late brace as Dortmund fought back to beat Atalanta 3-2 at Signal Iduna Park.Dortmund forged ahead on the half-hour mark as Andre Schurrle did well to control Lukasz Piszczek’s pass and turn the ball in for only his second goal of a disappointing campaign.But Atalanta, who impressed in finishing ahead of Lyon and Everton at the top of Group E, scored an away goal only six minutes into the second half.Josip Ilicic showed excellent composure to control Leonardo Spinazzola’s long pass and curl into the far corner, before the Slovenian striker tapped home just five minutes later with his fourth goal of the competition.Dortmund hit back midway through the second half, though, as Batshuayi slammed in his fourth goal in three games for the club since joining on loan from Chelsea in January.And the Belgian striker pounced in the first minute of added time to give the two-time runners-up a precious lead in the tie.last_img read more

Defiant Conte won’t talk about potential Chelsea exit

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | With Chelsea’s reign as Premier League champions all but over, it’s fitting Antonio Conte approaches that dispiriting conclusion in the same tetchy mood he began their doomed title defence.Blues boss Conte has cut a frustrated figure from the moment he sagely warned of a difficult season in store during Chelsea’s pre-season tour.Irritated by the failure of Chelsea’s hierarchy to land his top transfer targets and driven to distraction by his public feud with Diego Costa — the striker he cast into exile before selling him to Atletico Madrid — Conte wasted no opportunity to make it clear there was trouble ahead.The former Juventus coach was proved correct as Chelsea have laboured so badly that they go into Sunday’s London derby against West Ham on the brink of missing out on a top four finish.Last weekend’s defeat against fourth placed Tottenham left fifth placed Chelsea eight points adrift of the positions that bring qualification for next season’s Champions League.With only seven games remaining, Conte’s two-year reign at Stamford Bridge looks set to finish with his departure at the end of the season, with widespread reports Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is considering moves for ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and Juventus chief Max Allegri.Gianluca Vialli, a former Chelsea manager and Juventus team-mate of Conte’s, claims his old friend can’t wait to leave the west London club after growing tired of his lack of influence on the squad’s make-up.But Conte has repeatedly refused to be drawn on talk of his future and, asked about Vialli’s comments on Friday, he said: “It is not true. Gianluca is a friend but I’m not talking with him for one year, maybe.“It’s very difficult for me but since this season I’m listening to a lot of speculation about my future, but the only truth is I am committed for this club.“I have a contract for this club, I’m working very hard for this club.“This is the only truth. The other speculation is not true.” Chelsea have managed just five wins out of 19 in all competitions since the turn of the year, sparking fresh rumours that Conte’s intense personality and demanding training style have lost him the support of several key players.Their lacklustre performance in Chelsea’s first home defeat to Tottenham for 28 years hardly erased that impression.“For sure we must be realistic. This defeat was a bad defeat for us. We had the opportunity to reduce the gap to Tottenham,” said Conte.“We have to try to do everything to try to continue, to fight for a top-four place. It won’t be easy. We have to try to give all ourselves.“We must show pride, desire, a will to fight until the end this season. This must be our target now.”West Ham are five points above the relegation zone following last weekend’s crucial win over Southampton.David Moyes’ side beat Chelsea earlier this season and the Hammers boss is eyeing a repeat.“We haven’t got enough points to be safe yet,” he said.“It was a really big win for us (against Chelsea), for the team, for the club, it gave us all a boost.“I hope lightning can strike twice and we can do it again.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

‘I have a future without Manchester United,’ says Mourinho

first_img“We could speak about so many good things. It’s finished” he added.“Manchester United has a future without me and I have a future without Manchester United, so why should I now be sharing with you or even with the supporters, any of my feelings?“It’s over. That’s me and that’s the way I’ve always been and I was always very critical of managers that leave clubs and then they come out and they speak about details of what happened and who is to blame for this kind of situation — that’s not me. I just want to finish, it happened yesterday and I’d like to say it’s game over.“And I just hope that you media respect this. Until I get back to football I think I have the right to live my normal life, like I’m going to do now. I go for my little shopping, I go for my little walk and that’s what I want to do. Manchester United is the past.”Former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was announced as Mourinho’s temporary replacement on Wednesday.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday he has a “future without Manchester United”, speaking for the first time since he was sacked by the Premier League club.The Old Trafford hierarchy sacked Mourinho in the aftermath of Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield that left the 20-times champions an embarrassing 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool after just 17 matches.But the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss refused to go into details about his departure.“I don’t change. And what I did when I left Chelsea, for example, is the same as that I’m going to do now,” Mourinho told Sky Sports News.“I keep the good things and I don’t speak about anything that happened in the club.last_img read more

Allegri counting on goal-king Ronaldo to save Champions League dream

first_imgTurin, Italy | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo has scored so many goals he gives Juventus “a great advantage” insisted coach Massimiliano Allegri as the Italian side look to overturn a two-goal Champions League deficit against Atletico Madrid in their last 16, second leg tie in Turin on Tuesday.“Cristiano has a lot of goals in his legs, he’s a player that has scored so many goals in the Champions League and in matches of this kind he gets really excited and enthusiastic, having him gives us a great advantage,” Allegri told a pre-match press conference on Monday.Ronaldo has scored a record 121 goals of which 57 have proved decisive in the competition, and has been the top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons.This year the 34-year-old Portuguese forward has scored just once having being suspended for one match after receiving a red card against Valencia during the group stages.“I’m convinced at 200 percent that Cristiano will play as Cristiano,” said captain Giorgio Chiellini, who will play his 500th match for the club.“None of us are madmen, none of us believe it’s impossible,” added the veteran defender.The challenge for Ronaldo and the Italians will be to get goals past the tight defence of the reigning Europa League champions.“Atletico haven’t conceded in five games, so that bodes well, it makes us very confident,” joked Allegri.“In the last ten years (Atletico) have been one of the strongest teams in Europe.“They have won three Europa Leagues. We have to be up to that level.”“We believe we have what it takes to reverse this result. We have to understand what needs to be done and to adapt to the evolution of the match.”“We have to be very calm and composed to reserve the result. It would be an incredible feat.”Martin Caceres and Leonardo Spinazzola could be drafted into the Juventus defence with both Mattia De Sciglio and Andrea Barzagli injury doubts and Alex Sandro suspended. “Caceres is an extraordinary player, whose career has been stalled by various injuries, but has quality. Spinazzola has improved a great deal and could well start. I’ll decide in the morning,” said Allegri.“Spinazzola hasn’t played yet in the Champions League, but in these situations it can help to have someone who bring freshness.“If we manage to overturn the first leg result, it will be extraordinary. After that we either think about the quarter-finals or ending the season on the right note.”Atletico coach Diego Simeone warned they were ready to “seize their opportunity” to maintain their push for a first Champions League title.“You can’t just talk about Ronaldo, Juventus are a great team with top players who are used to fighting important battles and are very strong in defence,” said Simeone, who insisted there were no favourites despite his team’s clear advantage.“These are two different matches, the first leg and second leg. We’ll have to seize all the opportunities and do our best, we’ll have less space than in the first leg.“These are two strong teams, one will go through and the other won’t. It’s hard to talk about there being favourites.”“They have great quality, Bernardeschi, Dybala, Douglas, who can accompany Mandzukic and Ronaldo, they all deserve our attention.”Without the suspended Diego Costa, Atletico’s attack will be carried by Antoine Griezmann and possibly former Juve forward Alvaro Morata.“The role of the strikers will be fundamental to exploit the spaces that a team that presses strongly can leave near the goal,” said Simeone.Atletico midfielder Koke added: “It will be essential to start playing with intensity from the first minute, the crowd will help them, but we will be 11 against 11.“We know it will be a war and they will besiege us. But our locker room is united, we are all convinced we can reproduce the beautiful result of the first leg.” Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img FILE PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldolast_img read more