Sports world: 'Nervous' Rugby World Cup for Japan: Gilpin

'Nervous' Rugby World Cup for Japan: Gilpin

Japan's hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup has created "nervousness" about whether big crowds will turn up but national pride will carry the day for the Japanese, World Rugby's chief executive officer said yesterday.

It will be the first time the tournament will be held in Asia and outside of the sport's traditional strongholds, but Alan Gilpin said he expects audiences to fill up the stadiums.


First female referee to officiate top Euro league

BERLIN • Germany's Bibiana Steinhaus made history on Sunday as the first female referee to officiate a match in a top European football league by taking charge of Hertha Berlin's 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen.

The police officer became the first woman to referee a top-tier match in the German, English, French, Italian or Spanish leagues when she oversaw the Bundesliga encounter in Berlin.


Farah confirms he will run in London Marathon

LONDON • British track great Mo Farah said he wants to start "a new adventure" after confirming on Sunday that he will compete in next year's London Marathon.

Farah, who won the 5,000m and 10,000m golds at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and won six world titles at those distances, ended his track career this year to concentrate on road running.


Pakistan tour 'more than cricket' for du Plessis

LAHORE • The World XI's tour of militancy-racked Pakistan is more than just a game, captain Faf du Plessis and coach Andy Flower said yesterday, amid high hopes it will revive international cricket in the country.

South Africa's du Plessis said in Lahore it was a "huge honour" to be playing the highest-profile event in cricket-mad Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.


FAS to kick off Under-14 Girls League on Oct 23

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced yesterday that the FAS Under-14 Girls League will be held from Oct 23-Nov 10.

The developmental league - targeted at girls between the ages of 12 and 14 - aims to provide schools the chance to develop aspiring female football players. Schools or teams interested to participate in the league can write in to by Sept 18, when registration closes.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2017, with the headline 'Sports world: 'Nervous' Rugby World Cup for Japan: Gilpin'. Subscribe