Sports World: Giggs to play in the very first Indian futsal league

Giggs to play in the very first Indian futsal league

NEW DELHI • Welsh football legend Ryan Giggs will return to the pitch as a player in the inaugural Premier Futsal starting in India tomorrow and ending on July 24.

Former Brazilian star Ronaldinho and Argentinian striker Hernan Crespo are also playing in the event, while Giggs' former Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes signed up last month.

The tournament, which is the latest franchise-based sporting competition in India, will see six teams with five players each lock horns in the indoor competition. Each team will be led by a marquee player.


Force India, Red Bull oppose 'halo' device

LONDON • Force India has joined Red Bull in opposing plans to introduce a proposed "halo" cockpit protection device in Formula One next season.

Red Bull had the device on their car at the start of testing at Silverstone on Tuesday, becoming the second team to try it out after Ferrari, but team principal Christian Horner said he was not a fan of the "inelegant solution".


NBA amends rules to cut deliberate fouls

NEW YORK • The National Basketball Association has approved rule changes on fouls away from the ball, which could help reduce intentional fouling.

Previously, if a foul occurred away from the play in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime, it resulted in one free throw and possession of the ball. That rule has been extended to apply to the last two minutes of all quarters.


England rugby still has work to do: Jones

LONDON • England coach Eddie Jones has said the rugby team are now "back to zero" after last month's historic 3-0 Test series win over his native Australia.

He believes there is still work to do if they are to overtake world champions New Zealand as the international game's No. 1 side.


Klishina branded a 'traitor' for competing as a neutral

LONDON • Russian athlete Darya Klishina has been widely criticised after she agreed to compete under a neutral flag at next month's Olympics, a move which could make her one of Russia's only track-and-field athletes not banned due to a national doping scandal.

Social media denounced the long jumper as a "traitor" after she thanked her sponsors and coaches for their support and expressed gratitude to the International Association of Athletics Federations for allowing her to compete.

Klishina is the only Russian athlete to live and train full time abroad.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe