Sports World: Lee faces little-known home player in semis

Lee faces little-known home player in semis

Second seed Lee Chong Wei will meet unheralded local shuttler Ihsan Maulana Mustofa in the Indonesia Open semi-finals in Jakarta today.

The Malaysian world No. 2 was leading Wang Zhengming 21-16, 9-2 when the Chinese retired. The other semi-final pits Chinese Tian Houwei against Dane Jan Jorgensen.

The women's last-four draw pairs world No. 1 Carolina Marin against Wang Yihan, while Wang Shixian takes on unseeded Taiwanese Tai Tzu-ying.

Ali in hospital with respiratory problem

NEW YORK• • Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali has been warded for a respiratory issue.

The 74-year-old, who has been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than three decades and has kept a low profile in recent years, is in fair condition but a brief hospital stay is expected.


PSG chief says past season is a failure

PARIS • Coach Laurent Blanc's future at French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain looked in jeopardy yesterday, when the football club's president Nasser Al Khelaifi described their season as a failure.

PSG won a second successive domestic treble by winning Ligue 1, the French Cup and the League Cup, but lost in the Champions League quarter-finals for the fourth successive season.


Minnows make Ibra a tongue-in-cheek offer

BERLIN • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been heavily linked to a transfer to Premier League club Manchester United, but that has not stopped German minnows Rot-Weiss Oberhausen trying to sign the Swedish football superstar.

The semi-pro club, who play in Germany's fourth division, have offered a contract to Ibrahimovic which includes making him the king of the city of Oberhausen, replacing the German bratwurst served at the club's fast-food stands with Swedish sausages and a local brewer renaming its beer Ibrahimovic Pilsner.


Leicester sign Zieler but remain silent on fee

SYDNEY • English football champions Leicester City have signed Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler on a four-year deal from Bundesliga side Hannover for an undisclosed fee.


Fifa and IAAF chiefs not on list of IOC members

LAUSANNE • The heads of Fifa and International Association of Athletic Federations, Gianni Infantino and Sebastian Coe respectively, were not included in a list of proposed new members for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday.

While membership for either is not automatic, past presidents representing two of the world's most powerful sports bodies had seats on the IOC for decades.


Registration for S'pore National Games opens

The public can start forming their teams to sign up for the Singapore National Games (SNG).

The July 30-Aug 7 multi-sport competition will feature 16 sports and for the first time, five disability sports, across 16 venues.

Registration closes on July 8. Those keen can sign up at

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe