Sports world : Lui sets best youth mark in 1,500m race

Lui sets best youth mark in 1,500m race

Singapore's Lui Yuan Chow clocked a new youth (16-17 years old) best performance in the 1,500m yesterday at the Victorian Milers and Athletics Victoria Knockout Round Three race yesterday.

The 16-year-old timed 3min 58.92sec to finish second in his race. Based in Melbourne, he is the first youth runner to go under four minutes for the distance.The national record is 3:51.59, set in 2002 by Chamkaur Singh.

Record high of managers sacked

LONDON • A record 29 managers in the top four English divisions were sacked in the first half of this season, according to the League Managers Association's Mid-Season Manager Statistics report.

Leicester's Nigel Pearson, Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers, Sunderland's Dick Advocaat, Aston Villa's Tim Sherwood, Swansea's Garry Monk and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho were replaced in the English Premier League, while 10 Championship managers were fired.

The statistics show that 29 managers were sacked between June 1 and Dec 31 last year, two more than the previous high of 27 by the same point in the 2014-15 campaign.


Inter terminate Vidic's contract

ROME • Inter Milan announced yesterday they had cancelled the contract of former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic, who had yet to make an appearance this season.

He missed the first half of the campaign after undergoing a hernia operation in August. The 34-year-old joined Inter on a free transfer from United in 2014 and played 28 times for the Italian Serie A club last season.


Blatter continues to be paid by Fifa

MIAMI • Fifa's Sepp Blatter may have been banned for eight years from the game but he is still receiving his president's salary from world football's governing body, a spokesman for Fifa's Audit and Compliance Committee said on Monday.

He was suspended for 90 days by Fifa on Oct 8 and then banned from the game for eight years last month for ethics violations over a 2 million Swiss franc (S$2.86 million) payment Fifa made to Uefa boss Michel Platini with Blatter's approval in 2011.

Blatter will continue to be paid until a new president is elected on Feb 26, the spokesman Andreas Bantel said. That would mean the Swiss would have been paid for nearly five months during which time he was unable to carry out his duties, and a period in which Fifa has appointed an acting president, African football head Issa Hayatou.


Seb Coe against nullifying all records

PARIS • International Association of Athletic Federations president Sebastian Coe said he was reluctant to scrap all world records in track and field for fear of tainting clean athletes.

He admitted that some records, notably in women's disciplines, were not legitimate.

But to sweep away existing records would harm athletes competing without resorting to doping, he said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 20, 2016, with the headline 'SportsWorld'. Print Edition | Subscribe