In Brief: Canada station sorry for improper remark

Canada station sorry for improper remark

Canada's national broadcaster has issued an on-air and online apology.

One of its commentators said a Chinese swimmer (believed to be Ai Yanhan) "died like a pig" when she slowed her team down during her lap and allowed Canada to gain ground and eventually take third place.

Following the women's 4x200m freestyle relay final, CBC commentator Byron MacDonald, who thought his microphone was off, said: "The little 14-year-old from China dropped the ball, baby. Too excited, went out like stink, died like a pig. Thanks for that."


Dirty water caused illness, say Belgians

Doctors for the Belgian medical team suspect polluted water in Rio's Guanabara Bay is responsible for a serious illness that sapped the strength of Evi van Acker, the Laser Radial bronze medallist from 2012.

The sailor, who sits 10th overall after six of 10 preliminary races, was stricken with a severe gastrointestinal illness during training last month and, despite a course of antibiotics, her strength and stamina remain compromised.


Indian minister Goel slammed for actions

India's sports minister Vijay Goel has drawn widespread criticism after the organisers of the Rio Olympics reportedly accused his entourage of "aggressive and rude" behaviour at the Games and threatened to cancel his accreditation.

The Rio organising committee said it had received multiple reports of Goel trying to get unaccredited people accompanying him into Olympic venues.


Chalmers could yet be a footy player

Australian teen sensation Kyle Chalmers may have won the 100m freestyle gold, but his dad Brett, a former Aussie Rules player, still sees a future for his son on the pitch.

The 18-year-old, who was completing his final year of high school before making the Olympic team, made the tough choice between football and swimming with the help of his grandmother.


Apology for mixing up Lochte & Phelps

An Olympics commentator in Canada has apologised to viewers after mistaking Michael Phelps for his arch-rival, Ryan Lochte, on live television.

People watching the 200m individual medley event on Canada's CBC channel were left confused after the commentator, Elliotte Friedman, called the whole race mistaking Lochte for Phelps.


El Shehaby booed for unsporting conduct

Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby was jeered out of the Olympic arena in Rio on Friday, after refusing to shake hands with his Israeli opponent.

El Shehaby was beaten by Or Sasson in their heavyweight first-round encounter but at the end of the bout, he refused to either bow to the Israeli or shake his hand. In judo, it is customary to both bow to opponents - a sign of respect in Japan - and shake hands after a bout is over.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2016, with the headline 'In Brief'. Print Edition | Subscribe