Sports World: Billionaire still keen on Chelsea takeover

Billionaire still keen on Chelsea takeover

LONDON • Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe, the founder of chemicals giant Ineos, said on Wednesday that he was still in talks over buying Chelsea after having a bid of about £2 billion (S$3.5 billion) rejected last year.

Asked about the potential buyout at the launch of his cycling team, Team Ineos, he revealed while his team "have dipped our toe in the water with football", he did "not know where those conversations will finish".

Ratcliffe has a personal fortune of £21 billion.


Injury ends Ramsey's 11-year Arsenal stint

LONDON • Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury that also ends an 11-year career at the London club, manager Unai Emery has said.

The 28-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the term, will join Italian champions Juventus in the summer.

The Wales international, who suffered the injury in their 1-0 Europa League quarter-final victory at Napoli last month, revealed on his Instagram page that he was "really disappointed not to play until the end".


Gimelstob quits post after guilty charge

NEW YORK • Under mounting pressure from some leading tennis players, including former world No. 1 Andy Murray, after an assault conviction, Justin Gimelstob said on Wednesday that he was resigning from his post on the ATP board of directors immediately instead of seeking another term.

The election is set for May 14, but the former tennis professional revealed he had withdrawn his candidacy and would focus on resolving his personal and legal issues.

The American was arrested in Los Angeles last November after attacking Randall Kaplan, who is a friend of his former wife, Cary Sinnott.


Semenya's last race before rules kick in

DOHA • Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya will run her last 800m race today before the International Association of Athletics Federations imposes hugely controversial new rules limiting testosterone levels in female athletes.

The South African will compete at the Diamond League meeting in Doha against 2016 Olympic silver medallist Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba, who recently revealed she had similar difference in sexual development (DSD) characteristics to Semenya.

Meanwhile, Athletics South Africa is considering approaching the Swiss Federal Tribunal after the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed Semenya's appeal against regulations to limit naturally occurring testosterone levels in DSD athletes on Wednesday.


S'pore take bronze at touch rugby event

The Singapore men's 50 team scored an extra-time winner to beat Ireland 4-3 and claim the bronze medal at the Touch Rugby World Cup 2019 in Putrajaya, Malaysia, yesterday.

In the final, New Zealand defeated Australia 9-5.

The Republic's men's 40 team finished sixth after losing 3-2 to the United Arab Emirates.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2019, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe