Athletics Kenya CEO to step aside
NAIROBI • Athletics Kenya (AK) chief executive Isaac Mwangi will temporarily step aside pending an investigation into claims that he asked for bribes to reduce the doping bans of two athletes who failed drug tests.
A member of the federation's executive committee said Mwangi had asked for an investigation into allegations by Joy Sakari and Francisca Koki Manunga that Mwangi had asked each athlete for US$24,000 (S$33,700) to reduce their four-year bans.
Jelavic accepts $4m China offer
LONDON • Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic has quit English Premier League club West Ham to join Chinese second division side Beijing Renhe in a £2 million (S$4.01 million) move, the BBC reported.
Jelavic, 30, had made just one Premier League start, having fallen further down the West Ham pecking order after the arrival of Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike in the January transfer window.
Meanwhile, Australia's top scorer Tim Cahill, 36, has had his contract terminated by Chinese club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, a year after he joined.
S'pore women shuttlers beaten
HYDERABAD • Singapore's women shuttlers lost 0-5 to Japan in their opening group match of the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Hyderabad yesterday.
Both the men's and women's teams will next take on hosts India today, with the top four teams from this tournament advancing to the finals of the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup in Kunshan, China, in May.
Serena pulls out of Qatar Open
DOHA • World No. 1 Serena Williams has pulled out of the Qatar Open, blaming the flu for her withdrawal. It is the latest blow for organisers, coming less than a week after Maria Sharapova pulled out of the tournament which starts on Sunday. Simona Halep, the world No. 2, replaces Williams as the tournament's top seed.