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INSPORTS congratulates 'Patsy'
The board and management staff of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) congratulates Clofyeld 'Patsy' Thomas, who was formally recognised by the RJR Sports Foundation with the Certificate of Merit during the RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Friday night.
Thomas has been employed to the Institute of Sports as a sport officer for well over a decade, working closely with several sporting associations in various areas. Her recognition by the RJR Sports Foundation is yet another
testament of her committment and the important role played by the INSPORTS in the wider scheme of sports development in the country.
Champagne struggles for nominations
FIFA presidential contender, Jerome Champagne, is struggling to get the support required to challenge Sepp Blatter. With the deadline to present the bids only 10 days away, the Frenchman has sent an open letter to the presidents of FIFA's member associations asking for their backing. Under FIFA's rules, Champagne must convince five of the 209 national associations to endorse his campaign.
Champagne, who was FIFA's international relations director until leaving in January 2010, said in a statement, "The feeling exists that the final result of the election is set and that it would be risky to sign them. There is also the fear of being singled out or punished."
Champagne also described his rivals for football's top job - Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and former France player David Ginola - as "individuals without a programme".
WADA to complete Russia doping probe
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) says its investigation into allegations of systematic doping in Russia should be completed by the end of the year. A special investigative panel, headed by former WADA chairman, Dick Pound, was set up after a German TV documentary accused Russian officials of cover-ups and complacency in the fight against doping. The commission also includes Gunter Younger, a cybercrime specialist who worked with Interpol, and Court of Arbitration for Sport member Richard McLaren.
WADA said the commission will submit a report to WADA President Craig Reedie by December 31 "at the latest, unless he deems it appropriate to extend the mandate". The programme, broadcast by ARD last month, claimed that doping in Russia was commonplace and test results were routinely falsified.
Gyan misses Senegal game with malaria
MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (AP):
Captain Asamoah Gyan was left out of Ghana's team for their opening game at the African Cup of Nations after being diagnosed with malaria. In Gyan's absence, new coach Avram Grant named forward Andre Ayew as captain against Senegal in yesterday's first game in Group C in Mongomo.
The Ghana Football Association said Gyan was diagnosed with a "mild bout" of malaria over the weekend. The forward spent a night in the hospital in Equatorial Guinea's eastern city of Mongomo, but was released to recover at the team base.
MacGill sues Cricket Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):
Former Test spin bowler Stuart MacGill is suing Cricket Australia for $1.6 million Australian dollars (US$1.3 million) he claims he is owed in unpaid match payments and prize money. MacGill filed a writ in the Supreme Court of Victoria yesterday seeking $1,640,890 in match payments and prizes he says he was entitled to, but
didn't receive after injury ended his international career in May, 2008. The right-arm leg-spinner is also seeking almost a million dollars in costs, bringing his total claim to $2.6 million.