SPORTS DAY: Lions whistle up speedster Aphiwe Dyantyi
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Lions make changes after Reds misadventure
Their misadventure against the Reds‚ as well as squad rotation‚ have seen the Lions make a raft of changes for their clash against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday. Speed merchant Aphiwe Dyantyi‚ who made such an electrifying start to the season‚ returns to the side in the spot previously occupied by Madosh Tambwe after recovering from a pectoral muscle injury. Lionel Mapoe has recovered from injury and is back in midfield‚ while Nic Groom gets a start at scrumhalf after Dillon Smit underwhelmed in that position in Brisbane.
Beast returns for the Sharks
The return of Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira for the Sharks’ Super Rugby date against the Highlanders on Saturday can only mean one thing: an impending scrum annihilation for the visitors. Sharks coach Robert du Preez was happy with the return of his scrumming talisman. “He’s playing some of the best rugby of his career but having said that‚ I think Jean Schoeman had a great game against the Stormers but it’s always fantastic to have Beast back‚” Du Preez said.
ASA to challenge gender ruling
Athletics South Africa says it’s prepared to go to court to challenge the IAAF’s new regulations on hyperandrogenism. The federation said on Thursday it would first engage the IAAF‚ the sport’s world governing body, on its new rules on athletes with Differences of Sexual Development. The rules‚ which are to kick in in November‚ are widely considered to target African middle-distance runners‚ especially SA star Caster Semenya. “As a member federation we will engage the IAAF as our mother body and if they do not change their minds on this new rule after this engagement‚ we will proceed to CAS [Court of Arbitration for Sport] for further assistance on the matter.”
Greek pole vaulter backs SemenyaGreek pole vaulter Katerina Stefanidi has suggested the IAAF trim her taller rivals’ arms and legs in their bid for equality, in a swipe at new rules on women’s testosterone for certain track events. Stefanidi, the reigning world, Olympic and European champion, admitted to feeling sympathy for the likes of Semenya. “I feel bad for her,” Stefanidi said. “It’s not her choice, but at the same time I wish more energy was put into promoting the sport, bringing more money into the sport, more sponsors and more than trying to help one event or an athlete in an event that got second instead of first because somebody else had more natural testosterone. I’m one of the shortest girls on the track right now. What are we going to do? Are we going to cut everyone’s legs or arms to make it equal because there’s definitely a correlation between height and pole vault?”
Klopp warns Liverpool there’s room to improveCoach Jurgen Klopp warned Liverpool they need to improve to match holders Real Madrid after riding their luck to advance to the Champions League final 7-6 on aggregate despite losing 4-2 in Rome. Even goalscorer Sadio Mane and stars Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were told they weren’t at their best as Liverpool held on to avoid another Roma miracle comeback in the Stadio Olimpico. “It’s the first time we were not really as good as we can be. We needed luck and that is what we had,” said Klopp. “We have to play much better. The good news is we can play much better.”
Khoza denies funding Jordaan’s accuser
Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza has flatly denied allegations relating to a defamation and conspiracy case opened against him by SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan. In a report in the Sunday Times‚ Jordaan claimed Khoza was the catalyst in a rape case opened against the Safa president last month by singer and former ANC MP Jennifer Ferguson. Ferguson‚ who lives in Sweden‚ laid the rape complaint with the police last month. The allegations were that Khoza had paid for Ferguson’s flights and accommodation to South Africa through a third party.
India refuse pink ball day-night Test
India have refused to play a day-night Test during the tour of Australia later this year because of doubts over the quality of the pink ball, their cricket board said on Thursday. “Yes, it’s pretty clear that we are not playing a day-night Test in Australia, no doubt about it,” said Board of Control for Cricket in India administrator Vinod Rai. Cricket Australia had wanted the first Test in Adelaide from December 6 played under lights to tap on the growing popularity of pink-ball cricket. But the BCCI said they did not want to get involved in an experiment in a high-profile series.
‘Froome would not lose Giro win’
Chris Froome will not be stripped of victory should he triumph at the Giro d’Italia this month, race organisers insisted on Thursday. The 32-year-old Briton will be on the start line of the 101st edition of the Giro which begins in Jerusalem on Friday, but he has a cloud looming heavily over him. The Team Sky leader is sweating over the possibility of being hit with a doping ban after testing for elevated levels of the asthma medication salbutamol at September’s Vuelta a Espana, which he won. His adverse analytical finding didn’t trigger a provisional suspension, though, leaving him free to continue racing while waiting for his case to be resolved.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE