Sports world: Koh cards 78 in first round in Vietnam

Koh cards 78 in first round in Vietnam

DALAT (Vietnam) • Rookie Singapore pro golfer Koh Sock Hwee shot a six-over 78 to be joint 56th after the first round of the Korea LPGA Tour's The Dalat at 1200 Ladies Championship.

She is 10 strokes behind joint leaders Jang Soo Hwa and Oh Ji Hyun, both of South Korea, in the three-day 500 million won (S$586,250) tournament.

Park among quartet of Kia Classic leaders

CARLSBAD (California) • Women's golf's world No. 2 Park In Bee produced a bogey-free five-under 67 to join Ai Miyazato, Brittany Lang and Jodi Ewart Shadoff at the top of the LPGA's Kia Classic leader board on Thursday.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko finished a shot behind after a strong back nine.


No test event as Rio velodrome not ready

RIO DE JANEIRO • Rio Olympics organisers have cancelled the only test event for the indoor cycling at August's Games because the velodrome will not be ready in time.

The event was due to take place on April 30 and May 1 but logistical problems mean it will not be ready until at least May 31.


Australian wants Russians kept out

SYDNEY • Australian Olympian Jared Tallent has called for Russian athletes to be banned from the Rio Olympics as he looked set to be retrospectively awarded a gold medal on the back of a doping ban.

Russia's Sergey Kirdyapkin was stripped of the 2012 London Olympics 50km walk gold on Thursday after he was found guilty of doping, clearing the way for silver medallist Tallent to be awarded the medal.


Becks buys Miami land in MLS plans

MIAMI • Former England footballer David Beckham has taken a key step towards his goal of launching a Major League Soccer franchise by buying land for a stadium in Miami.

Beckham's group of investors acquired land in the Overtown neighbourhood in the Florida city.


Free tickets raise Qatar attendance

DOHA • Fans at Qatar's World Cup football qualifier against Hong Kong in Doha on Thursday were given free tickets to attend the match.

Workers, schoolchildren and their families were let in to help boost the attendance to 10,170, the largest crowd for any of the 2022 World Cup hosts' four home qualification matches so far. The Group C winners won 2-0.


27 Russian athletes caught for drug use

MOSCOW • Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said yesterday that 27 of the country's athletes have tested positive for meldonium since the endurance-boosting drug was banned on Jan 1.

Since then, a string of high-profile Russian athletes, including tennis star Maria Sharapova and Olympic swimmer Yulia Efimova, admitted the drug had been detected in their systems.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2016, with the headline 'SportsWorld'. Print Edition | Subscribe