China to clamp down on age cheats

»Chinese officials insist tough new eligibility rules will put a stop to the type of "age cheat" scandal that saw a gymnast stripped of her Olympic medal.
Dong Fangxiao had to return her women's gymnastics team bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics earlier this year following an International Olympic Committee (IOC) probe.

Chinese sports officials promised that tighter checks introduced after the scandal would eradicate the problem. China's delegation chief for next month's Youth Olympic Games in Singapore said the country had adopted a zero tolerance policy towards potential cheats.

”We've scrutinised every athlete's age for the Youth Olympic Games to make sure there is no one going to Singapore with a fake age,” Cai Zhenhua said. ”We have to make our Chinese delegation very clean and transparent. This is for the benefit of the athletes and the fair play spirit of the Olympics.”

Honda wants tough new Japan coach

»Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda wants the country's next coach to be a tough risk-taker unafraid of upsetting his employers.

”The Japan Football Association (JFA) probably want someone who will do as they say but that won't make Japan stronger,” the CSKA Moscow player said. ”Unless the JFA brings in a coach who makes them feel they want to sack him because he won't listen to them we'll never see Japan's real potential.” Japan surpassed expectations by reaching the last 16 of this year's World Cup under Takeshi Okada but the JFA have yet to name a replacement coach. ”We need a coach who will come in and revolutionise the mentality of the Japanese team,” said the blond-haired Honda.

Inzamam ready to coach Pak youngsters

»Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has offered his services as a batting coach for a national side struggling to score runs in England.
"The team definitely needs a full-time batting coach and if any offer is made to me for this position, I will definitely give it serious consideration," Inzamam told Reuters on Saturday.

Pakistan's batting lineup has struggled in English conditions and on Friday, the tourists were reduced to 147 for nine in reply to England's 358 in the first test at Nottingham.
Inzamam is Pakistan's most capped player with 120 test and 378 one-day international appearances.

"They need a batting coach to guide them and it is a responsibility I would look at accepting because Pakistan cricket has given me a lot," he added.

Ferguson finds new kids to continue legacy

»Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has achieved astonishing success with young players in the past and his current squad show signs of being another golden generation.

“We're good at developing young players with spirit, it's always been a strong part of our club,” Ferguson said.

Whereas Ferguson's original set of kids, including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, were British, the current crop features a sprinkling of imports.  Alongside defender Jonny Evans, midfielders Tom Cleverley and Darron Gibson and forward Danny Welbeck, Ferguson can turn to 22-year-old Mexican Javier Hernandez and 18-year-old Italian Federico Macheda. 

Stay and win title for us, Wenger urges Fabregas

»Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger continued to deflect Barcelona's interest in his Spanish skipper Cesc Fabregas by urging him to stay at the club and help them win the Premier League title.

"There is a good attitude in the squad and Cesc Fabregas can help us to achieve our targets," Wenger said.

“He is now at an age, 23 and he has just won the World Cup and I believe he will gain in authority again next season -- the biggest achievement for him is to help us win the championship. I have always said that Cesc Fabregas will be our captain next season and we want to keep him, and despite all the speculation for the whole of last season and this summer nothing has changed.”

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