SEA Games to end a day earlier on Aug 30
KUALA LUMPUR • The closing ceremony of the 29th SEA Games has been brought forward by one day to Aug 30 in respect of Hari Raya Haji, which falls on Sept 1.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the decision was made by the Malaysian SEA Games Organising Committee, which held a meeting yesterday.
Originally, the Games were scheduled from Aug 19 to 31, with the closing ceremony to be held in conjunction with the 60th National Day celebration.
7 Russian athletes get nod as neutrals
PARIS • World champion hurdler Sergey Shubenkov and high jumper Maria Kuchina are among seven Russian athletes granted permission to compete as neutrals, while the Russian track and field team is banned for doping, the IAAF said yesterday.
The other Russians cleared to take part in international competition, including the world championships in London in August are: Illia Mudrov (pole vault); Sergey Shirobokov (race walks); Daniil Tsyplakov (high jump); Olga Mullina (pole vault); and Yana Smerdova (race walks).
Evans' bid to join the men ends
LONDON • Reanne Evans' bid to become the first woman to reach the final stages of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield ended, after she lost 6-10 to Lee Walker at Ponds Forge in the second round of qualifying on Monday.
The Briton trailed 1-6 on resumption but fought back to make the score 6-9, before world No. 91 Walker wrapped up the low-scoring encounter at the end of the evening session to advance to the third and final round of qualification.
Evans, an 11-time women's world champion, won her first-ever qualifier against the men when she beat Finland's Robin Hull 10-8 last Wednesday.
Iraq coach latest to bite the dust
BAGHDAD • Iraq's Radhi Shenaishil became the third coaching casualty of Asian World Cup qualifying Group B when he was sacked late on Monday.
The 50-year-old was shown the door after defeat by Saudi Arabia in Jeddah at the end of last month all but ruled the country out of contention for a Finals place next year. His exit follows that of United Arab Emirates coach Mahdi Ali and Thailand's Kiatisuk Senamuang.