Global sports round-up

SUN TV franchise no surprise

Lalit Modi

NEW DELHI – Lalit Modi, former chairman of the Indian Premier League, today alleged that N. Srinivasan, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India was trying to “gift” the Hyderabad franchise to his “friends”.

“So finally SUN TV has got an IPL franchise. I had predicted three months ago it will be SUN as BCCI president wanted it that way. Can`t be a bigger scam than this. Someone should see N. Srinivasan`s relationship and India Cements relationship with Sun TV. Don`t forget Kalaignar TV and India TV scam,” he said.

“BCCI is trying to gift team to Srini`s pals. Whilst Sahara pays 370 million dollars for its team.cThis one goes for pennies. How and why?” questioned Modi.

Chennai-based SUN TV Network, owned by media baron Kalanidhi Maran, today acquired the now defunct Hyderabad franchise, Deccan Chargers, for Rs.85.05 crore (around $15.9m) a year.

The contract of the former owners, Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. was terminated earlier this month by the board.

“Someone should examine common share holding between SUN TV Network and India Cement. I am sure there will be common share holders and would not be surprised if Sahara now wants to renegotiate their franchise contract based upon new tender offer by BCCI,” added Modi.


Cycling leaders should resign, says LeMond

NEW YORK – Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has urged the leaders of cycling’s governing body to resign in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping affair, calling them ”the corrupt part of the sport.”

LeMond posted an open letter on his Facebook page last night that asked those who care about cycling to join him in telling International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid and honorary president Hein Verbruggen to step down.

LeMond’s letter came after the UCI stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life on Monday for his involvement in what a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report described as a massive doping program.

Verbruggen led world cycling from 1991-2005, the era when Armstrong won his titles, and retains a seat on the UCI management board. He is still perceived in the sport as a mentor to McQuaid, who succeeded him.

LeMond, the Tour winner in 1986, ’89 and ’90, said the problem for cycling was not drugs but corruption.

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