Korean skiers get life ban for sexual assault
SEOUL • Two male South Korean moguls skiers who competed at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have been banned for life after female team-mates complained of being sexually harassed at an event in Japan, the Korea Ski Association (KSA) has said.
A KSA official said yesterday that Choi Jae Woo and Kim Ji Hyun had been banned on March 12 after they "assaulted and sexually harassed fellow female athletes during a World Cup event in Japan".
Choi advanced to the men's moguls final in Pyeongchang last month but did not finish his second run. Kim was eliminated in qualifying.
Wilshere handed Three Lions recall
LONDON • Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Liverpool's Adam Lallana were handed recalls by Gareth Southgate to his 27-strong England squad for upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands (Mar 23) and Italy (Mar 27).
Swansea defender Alfie Mawson and Burnley duo, goalkeeper Nick Pope and centre-back James Tarkowski, are the three new faces in the squad for England's penultimate games before their World Cup opener against Tunisia in Russia on June 18.
Top Thai shuttlers in All England losses
LONDON • Thailand's top two badminton singles players suffered first-round defeats at the All England Open on Wednesday. Third seed Ratchanok Intanon, last year's runner-up, was stunned 21-15, 14-21, 21-19 by Canada's Michelle Li in 66 minutes in Birmingham.
In the men's draw, world No. 22 Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk lost 17-21, 18-21 to No. 13 Wang Tzu-wei of Chinese Taipei in 41 minutes.
Augusta inspiration for Garcia's daughter
WASHINGTON • Reigning Masters golf champion Sergio Garcia became a father on Wednesday as wife Angela gave birth to a daughter who shares a name with an Augusta National hole.
Garcia tweeted a photo of the newborn about eight hours after she arrived, saying, "Beautiful Azalea Adele Garcia was born on March 14 at 1:54am." Azalea is also the name of the 510-yard, par-five 13th hole at Augusta National.
Johor Crown Prince resigns from FAM post
JOHOR BARU • Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has resigned as the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president with immediate affect.
In a statement posted on the FAM Facebook page yesterday, the Johor Crown Prince cited the national team's drop in the world rankings from 175th to 178th as a "very big failure". In the post titled "History made, it is time", he wrote it was now time to "leave football".
Tunku Ismail, who is also owner of the reigning Malaysia Super League champions Johor Darul Takzim, became the FAM president on March 25 last year.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK