Global sports round-up
Olympic marksman a mother-to-be
LONDON – A Malaysian woman who is eight months pregnant will compete in 10-metre air rifle at the London Games. She found out she would be a mother just days after she found out she would be an Olympian.
Nur Suryani Mohammed Taibi is due in September. Being pregnant means the 29-year-old Taibi has to get in and out of a special suit and belt for practice, but that is only one challenge: She is also drawing overwhelming attention that threatens her concentration ahead of competition Saturday.
Taibi is ranked 47th in the world and won two gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games in 10-metre air rifle and 50-metre rifle in November. She finished fifth in 10-metre rifle at the Asian Championships in January to earn a spot on Malaysia’s Olympic team.
Taibi also qualified for the 50-metre three-position event, but she decided against competing in two Olympic events.
Terry charged by FA for Ferdinand clash
LONDON – Chelsea captain John Terry has been charged by the Football Association for his part in last season’s incident with QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
Terry, 31, is alleged to have used “abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour” in the 23 October match.
The FA statement added: “It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand.”
England defender Terry denies the charge and wants a personal hearing.
Earlier this month Terry was cleared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court of racially abusing Ferdinand during the Premier League game between the west London sides.
It was alleged Terry had insulted Ferdinand, describing him as “black” and using extreme sexual swear words.
But in reaching a not guilty verdict, chief magistrate Howard Riddle stated it was “possible that what was said was not intended as an insult but rather as a challenge to what he believed had been said to him”.
The prosecution had to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Terry had used the words in an insulting manner, which it could not.
But the FA only has to prove its case “on the balance of probabilities”.
Israeli and Lebanese judokas separated
LONDON – Olympic officials were forced to erect a screen between Lebanon’s and Israel’s judo fighters on Friday after the Lebanese refused to train on the same mat, the Israeli Olympic team said today
The incident arose after Lebanon’s two judokas found themselves next to the five Israelis during practice at the official training venue in Redbridge, in east London, said Nitzan Ferraro, spokesman for the Israeli Olympic Committee.
“We started to practise. They came and they saw us – they didn’t like it and they went to the organizers,” Feraro said. “They put up some kind of wall between us. Everyone went on and there was no interaction between us.”
Lebanon has for decades been under the influence of Syria, a bitter enemy of Israel, and the two have technically been at war since 1948.