Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim set a new Asian record at the Diamond League meeting in Oregon
IAAF Diamond League: Eugene, Oregon (May 31 – June 1): Men’s 5000 metres: Mo Farah failed to claim victory in his first Diamond League outing of the year. Farah took second place in the 5,000 metres in Eugene, Oregon. Farah, who has suffered with a stomach virus, posted a season-best time of 13min 5.88sec but that was not enough to see off Kenya’s Edwin Soi, who won in a world-leading 13:4.75. Ethiopia’s Yenew Alamirew was third.
Men’s High Jump: Qatar’s Olympic Games bronze medallist Mutaz Essa Barshim soared over 2.4m to set a new Asian record. He is the first man to scale that height outdoors since Russia’s Vyacheslav Voronin in 2000. In a thrilling competition, the USA’s 2012 Olympic Games silver medallist Erik Kynard and Canada’s Derek Drouin both cleared personal best heights of 2.36m for second and third place respectively.
Former Bangladesh cricket captain Mohammad Ashraful was suspended from the sport on Jun 4 after he confessed his involvement in fixing.
The sport’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) has been probing allegations of match-fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a Twenty20 competition.
Hassan made the announcement during a meeting of the Bangladesh Cricket Board in the capital Dhaka called to deal with the allegations, which have been widely reported in local media.
Fenerbahce faces a second expulsion from the Champions League within three seasons after the Turkish giant and five of its club officials were charged by UEFA in a long-running match-fixing case. UEFA said on June 10 it will hold a disciplinary case on and verdicts are expected on the last week of the month.
The five officials were not identified in a UEFA statement.
Fenerbahce President, Aziz Yildirim, was convicted last July in a criminal trial that resulted in 93 people charged in a case sparked by the Istanbul club’s league-winning run in 2011.
World Hockey League: A 15-day training camp of the Pakistan national team in preparation for the World Hockey League commenced in Abbottabad on May 31.
The league is scheduled to be held in Malaysia from June 29. Pakistan are placed in Pool ’B’ along with South Africa, England and Malaysia.
Wrestling, squash and baseball/softball have all been shortlisted for inclusion at the 2020 Olympics following a vote by the IOC executive board in Russia on May 29.
The final decision on which event will be part of the 2020 Games, in either Toyko, Istanbul or Madrid, will be made at the IOC’s 125th session in Buenos Aires in September, but the list of eight potential sports has been reduced to three with karate, wakeboarding, roller sports, climbing and wushu all omitted.
The successful squash delegation included women’s world number one Nicol David and men’s world number one Ramy Ashour.
[Zahra Nemati was preseted wih the Sport Accord Sprit Awards on May 29.]
Paralympic gold medalist Zahra Nemati of Iran was presented with the Sport Accord Spirit Sport award on May 29.
The 2012 Paralympic archery champ, who was nominated by the International Paralympic Committee, edged out Polish Aikido sensei Piotr Borowski to the top prize for helping to alter perceptions in Iranian society of disabled people and inspiring women to take up para-archery in her country.
Nemati is the first Iranian woman to win a gold medal at Olympic or Paralympic level.
Roland Garros, Paris, France (May 21- June): Turkey failed to get a single player in the main draw this year. Marsel Ilhan, 25, lost 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to the America’s Steve Johson in the first round of qualifiers. Countrywoman Cagla Buyukakcay did not fare better losing 6-1, 6-2 in the second round of qualifiers to Spain’s Arantxa Parra Santonja.
In the mixed doubles Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Aisam–Ul–Haq Qureshi of Pakistan reached the semi-finals before losing 7-6, 6-3 to Canadian Daniel Nestor and his French partner Kristina Mladenovic.