Global sports round-up

More African athletes missing

CONAKRY – Athletes from Guinea and Ivory Coast have joined several other Africans who have gone missing following the London Olympics, officials said today.

Three Guineans and three Ivorians disappeared, adding to a total list of 11 Congolese and Cameroonians suspected to be trying to make new lives in Europe.

“Three members of the delegation have not returned to the Olympic village,” Adama Doumbia, technical adviser at the Ministry of Sports and Leisure in Ivory Coast, said.

He did not give the names of the missing members of the delegation but said they contained two swimmers and a wrestling coach.

An official on Guinea’s Olympic Committee said on condition of anonymity that swimmer Dede Camara, judo competitor Facinet Keita and runner Aicha Toure had been missing since Saturday, the day before the closing ceremony.

Games officials are already looking for a Democratic Republic of Congo judo competitor, three other members of that country’s delegation and seven Cameroonian athletes.


Swim team’s voyeur facing jail time

LONDON – A man has appeared in a British court for sentencing after admitting spying on members of the Chinese Olympic swimming team in a women’s changing room.

Declan Crosbie is accused of peering over the top of cubicles as members of the team were getting changed at a sports center where they were training in the northern city of Leeds.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty last month to a charge of trespassing with intent to commit a sexual offense.

A spokeswoman for Leeds Crown Court said today that Crosbie’s sentencing was delayed until September 17.

Crosbie has previous convictions for voyeurism and trespassing.

Judge Peter Collier said he would consider sentencing Crosbie to a treatment course of sex offenders.


Olympic flag reaches Rio

The Olympic flag was greeted with cheers on its arrival in Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO – The official flag of the Olympics has arrived in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the next Games.

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes waved the flag after stepping off the plane with other officials and Brazilian athletes who competed in London.

The flag was handed to Mr Paes on Sunday in London before the flame at the Olympic Stadium was extinguished.

The move marks the official start of Rio’s preparations for the 2016 Games.

Arriving on Monday with the flag, Mr Paes was accompanied by Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the 2016 Games Organising Committee, Rio Governor Sergio Cabral, and the country’s team of athletes.

Brazil finished 22nd in London 2012, winning 17 medals, two more than its previous best in Beijing.

Rio will be the first South American city to host the Olympics. The city has yet to construct the Olympic Park and other venues, and many have expressed concern about how much work there is to do ahead of the event.


Mourinho “The Only One” flaunting

LISBON – Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is of the belief that he should no longer be called the “Special One” but the “Only One”.

With English, Italian and Spanish league medals won in recent seasons, former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Mourinho has claimed it is time for a new nickname.

“In England, I was presented as the ‘Special One’,” Mourinho told Portuguese TV channel SIC last night.

“Thanks to God, things have gone well and, whether you like it or not, I am the only one who has won the English, Italian and Spanish championships. So, more than the ‘Special One’, they must begin to call me the ‘Only One’.”

Mourinho, who gave himself the Special One moniker in his first press conference as Chelsea manager, said he was now motivated by helping those around him to achieve their personal ambitions.

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