Perry apologises to victims of Nassar
WASHINGTON • Breaking nearly six months of silence on the topic on Wednesday, Kerry Perry, the president and chief executive of USA Gymnastics, told a Congressional subcommittee investigating sexual abuse of Olympic athletes that she was "appalled and sickened by the despicable crimes of Larry Nassar".
And for the first time, she apologised to the hundreds of victims of the former Olympic doctor and vowed that "those days are over".
Her remarks came at the outset of a three-hour hearing in which she, the acting CEO of the US Olympic Committee and the CEOs of USA Swimming, USA Taekwondo and USA Volleyball in turn voiced remorse for episodes of abuse in their sports and offered a litany of action plans, to-do lists, and pledges of culture changes designed to safeguard athletes in the future.
China to face Thailand in Uber Cup semis
BANGKOK • Defending champions China will face dark horses Thailand in the last four of badminton's Uber Cup after a dramatic day, while South Korea will play top-seeded Japan in the other semi-final today.
Thailand edged into the final four, with Busanan Ongbamrungphan sparking jubilation among the home crowd by winning the final women's singles 21-9, 21-12 to seal a 3-2 win over Indonesia. China recovered from a nervy start to beat Denmark 3-1.
Iniesta joins J.League side Vissel Kobe
TOKYO • Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta,34, kicked off a new chapter of his football career when he signed for Japanese side Vissel Kobe yesterday, swapping LaLiga for the J.League after 16 stellar years at Spanish champions Barcelona.
The former Barca captain, who spent his entire career at the Nou Camp, was introduced at a news conference in Tokyo by Kobe owner Hiroshi Mikitani and will wear his familiar No. 8 jersey for the J.League side.
Fired Halilhodzic sues JFA for one cent
TOKYO • Lawyers for sacked Japan football coach Vahid Halilhodzic filed a legal claim against his former employers yesterday, claiming "damage to reputation and honour" and seeking compensation - of one yen (S$0.01).
The Franco-Bosnian was fired by the Japan Football Association last month, prompting an angry backlash from his legal team, who slammed the decision as a case of wrongful dismissal.