Recording it after 73 long years!

»The German Athletics Federation (DLV) last week recognised a women's high jump record dating back to 1936 after the Nazi party had refused to accept it because the athlete, Gretel Bergmann, was a Jew.

Bergmann had broken the German record with a jump over 1.60 metres but the Nazi sports authorities refused to recognise it and banned her from competing in that year's Berlin Olympics.

"We know that this is no restitution but it is an act of justice and a symbolic gesture of respect for Gretel Bergmann," said DLV honorary president Theo Rous.
Bergmann, 95, moved to the United States in 1937 where she still lives with her 99-year-old husband, the DLV said.

Hartson thanks fans for support in cancer-fight

»Former Wales striker John Hartson has thanked fans for their support after getting positive news about his battle against cancer.

Hartson, 34, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs, said he was hopeful of recovery after surgery and chemotherapy.
"We've all been through so much and to get the news from the doctors that the cancer is going from me is fantastic," he told The Sun newspaper. "I'm not out of the woods yet, though this is my brightest day for a long time.

Marathon runners won’t go cash-strapped

»Elite athletes at this weekend's Singapore Marathon will not be left out of pocket or chasing appearance fees and bonus payments, the city-state's Sports Council (SSC) promised on Thursday.

A financial spat between the SCC and the Singapore Athletics Association had threatened to leave runners chasing their money for up to a week after Sunday's race -- resulting in fears some big names would pull out.  But the SCC relented late on Thursday night, telling Reuters it would in fact disburse money on the day of the race and would liaise directly with the athletes or their managers in order to do so.

Formula One exit hits Toyota employees

»Toyota have made some 500 employees redundant at their Cologne factory in Germany after the closure of their Formula One team, a spokesman said.

He said Toyota Motorsport, which ran the team and liked to boast that their varied workforce was like a United Nations of Formula One with 32 countries represented, had retained a further 150 staff.

World Cup could be good news for Africa: Gullit

»The global view of Africa will be changed by the World Cup next year, whether or not an African team wins, former Netherlands international captain Ruud Gullit said.
"People's minds are already changing about Africa. When people think about Africa, they think about starvation, HIV, civil wars -- things like that," Gullit said.

"But things are changing. Now there is a real possibility to show the world Africa is much more than just that. And if an African team won it, as perhaps Ivory Coast could do, then that would be an enormous boost for Africa as a whole, not just for African football."

Gullit, a former European Footballer of the Year, is in South Africa as an ambassador for the joint Netherlands-Belgium bid to stage either the 2018 or 2022 finals.

Xerez president quits after threats to family

»The president of La Liga basement club Xerez, Carlos de Osma, has stepped down after threats were made against him and his family.

"I have resigned for personal reasons," De Osma told a news conference on Thursday, "I have received threats, as have my wife and children. "If people want to have a team in La Liga it depends on everyone, not just the players. Cutting down the criticisms would help."  

Xerez lost 2-0 at home to champions Barcelona on Wednesday, and have managed only one win in their first top-flight campaign.