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31st Mar 2013

Athletics

Athletics

Mukhtar Mohammed holds his bronze medal won in a spirited 800-metre at the European Athletics Indoor Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships – Gothenburg, Sweden (March 1-3):

Mukhtar Mohammed won bronze in a spirited 800-metre final. The 22-year-old, who was born in Somalia and moved to the UK in 2002, fought hard to pass Belarus’s Anis Ananenka, who appeared to try to push Mohammed wide with his elbows as they grappled for the line. Mohammed won Great Britain’s fifth medal of these championships.

Indoor Muslim medallists: Shot put (Silver) Hamza Alić – BIH. 3000 metres (Gold) Hayle Ibrahimov, AZE. 1500 metres (Gold) Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad – FRA – (Silver) İlham Tanui Özbilen – TUR 800 metres Mukhtar Mohammed – GBR .

 

Boxing

Kevin Maree claims that new capture Haidher Riaz has faster hands than Amir Khan.

Maree signed the 20-year-old after an extensive scouting mission.

The promising light middleweight boxer is set to make his professional bow at Colne Muni in May following his move to Maree’s base at Stirk House.

Riaz, who had attempted to gain selection for Pakistan’s Olympic boxing team, had been touted as one of his nation’s leading lights for Rio 2016 but has opted to push forward in the sport by turning to the pro ranks.

 

Cricket

Captain AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla set a record stand for the third wicket as South Africa survived Shahid Afridi’s later onslaught to win the third one-day international by 34 runs on March 17.

The victory earned South Africa a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Afridi smashed five fours and seven sixes in a blistering knock of 88 off 48 balls before Pakistan was bowled out for 309 in 48.1 overs after centuries from de Villiers (128) and Amla (122) had led South Africa to 343-5.

De Villiers and Amla put on 238 off 182 balls to better the mark of 237 set by India’s Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar against Kenya at Bristol during the 1999 World Cup.

 

Football

Football

FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke, has admitted that Qatar’s 2022 World Cup may have to be moved to the winter because heat concerns

 

FIFA has for the first time publicly acknowledged that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar may have to be moved to the winter because of the health risk of playing in the intense heat during the summer could pose.

FIFA has always maintained that the event would take place in June and July as normal and that there were no plans to switch it in the calendar.

FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke, has admitted that the ruling Executive Committee have serious concerns about the prospect of matches taking place in temperature exceeding 100 °F.

 

Gymnastics

Olympians Aliya Mustafina won the all-around titles on March 10 as the Russian championships began in Penza.

Mustafina, the 2010 world champion and 2012 Olympic champion on uneven bars, delivered the highest score on three of the four events to defend her title.

 

Hockey

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has threatened to pull out of the Junior World Cup to be staged across the India-Pakistan border in December after the Indian Govt cancelled the visit of the Indian team to Pakistan for the 10-match bilateral series, due to security reasons.

PHF condemned India’s policy of mixing politics with sport and added that they will not play the hockey series on a neutral venue now.

PHF Secretary General, Muhammad Asif Bajwa, said that they will only agree to play a hockey series with India in the future if India tours them first.

The Indian hockey team was to tour different cities of Pakistan from April 23 and Pakistan was due to visit cities in India from April 5-15 for the series which would have revived the bilateral hockey ties after nearly 7 years.

 

Squash

Squash

Egypt’s Ramy Ashour of Egypt bounced back from an opening set loss to defeat James Willstrop of England 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-3 in the Kuwait PSA Cup.

 

Kuwait PSA Cup – Kuwait City, Kuwait (March 8-14):

World No 1 Ramy Ashour of Egypt bounced back from an opening set loss to clinch his third title of the year.

The two-time world champion defeated world No 4 James Willstrop of England 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-3 in the final.

It was Englishman who started the match better though, soaking up Ashour’s attacks as he took the first game with some comfort, and continued to impress for the first half of the second game.

Slowly though pressure built and Ashour’s pace and renowned shot making was taking its toll, as he pulled clear to level the match. That pattern continued in the next two games in which Willstrop could only muster 6 points – as Ashour rolled on to victory.

 

Tennis

Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open, California, USA (March 4-17):

Eighth-seeded Indo-US pair of Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek Sands were knocked out 7-6 3-6 6-10 by un-seeded pairing of Lisa Raymond of US and Australian Samantha Stosur in their opening round match.

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